Breeders' Cup: Nine Hours of Television Coverage

The Breeders' Cup announced Oct. 20 that ESPN and ABC will televise more than nine hours of live television coverage of the Nov. 4-5 World Championships at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. The Breeders' Cup consists of 15 races with purses totaling $26 million.

On Friday, Nov. 4, television programming will begin at 4 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and ESPN3 with six Breeders' Cup Championship races, concluding with the $2 million Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic at 7:30 p.m. ET.

The Saturday, Nov. 5, coverage will begin on ABC at 2 p.m. and continue on ESPN and ESPN3 from 3:30-7:15 p.m., with eight live races. The final portion of the ESPN coverage will be titled the "Breeders' Cup Classic" which will begin at 6:15 p.m. Post time for the Breeders' Cup Classic will be 7 p.m. ET.

TVG will provide live coverage of the Breeders' Cup Marathon on Championship Saturday, at 1:20 p.m. ET.

The ESPN commentator team for the Breeders' Cup World Championships includes:

  • Host - Joe Tessitore
  • Analysts - Randy Moss and Jerry Bailey
  • Handicappers - Kenny Mayne and Hank Goldberg
  • International Expert/European Horse Analyst - Nick Luck
  • Reporters - Jeannine Edwards, Jay Privman, and Caton Bredar (on horseback)
  • Narrator, Historian - William (Bill) Nack
  • Race Caller - Trevor Denman

Television Coverage of the Breeders' Cup World Championships
Nov. 4, Breeders' Cup World Championships, ESPN2 and ESPN3, 4-8 p.m. (ET)
Nov. 5, Breeders' Cup World Championships, ABC, 2-3:30 p.m. (ET); ESPN and ESPN3, 3:30-6:15 p.m. (ET); Breeders' Cup Classic, ESPN and ESPN3, 6:15-7:15 p.m. (ET)


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