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Breeders' Cup Classic

Breeders' Cup Classic


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Each year since 1984, the BREEDERS' CUP, also known as "Racing's Greatest Day," has been held at an iconic track in the United States at the end of the thoroughbred racing season worldwide. The BREEDERS' CUP features multiple races, but is highlighted by the BREEDERS' CUP CLASSIC, run at 1-1/4 miles, which usually includes the top contenders and winners from that years KENTUCKY DERBY, PREAKNESS STAKES, and BELMONT STAKES in addition to horses that qualified through the BREEDERS' CUP CHALLENGE SERIES. The inaugural BREEDERS' CUP was held at Hollywood Park in Los Angeles, with seven races, featuring the world's greatest horses, jockeys and trainers competing on one stage for $10 million in purses. NBC provided four hours of coverage of the first event, and has been the U.S. television home of the event since then.
On Saturday, November 4, 2017, NBC broadcasts live coverage of the BREEDERS' CUP CLASSIC from Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in Del Mar, CA, with a scheduled post-time of 8:35pm ET/5:35pm PT for a field that includes: Arrogate, the career earnings leader for North American-based horses ($17.3 million) and the defending champion who beat out California Chrome last year; Gun Runner, on a three-race winning streak; Collected, a winner in eight of his 11 lifetime starts; Mubtaahij, second-place finisher to California Chrome in the 2016 Dubai World Cup; and 2017 Travers Stakes winner West Coast. With four horses in this year's event, trainer Bob Baffert looks for his fourth consecutive Breeders' Cup Classic win after previously taking home the trophy with Arrogate in 2016, 2015 Triple Crown champion American Pharoah, and Bayern in 2014. Coverage is hosted by Bob Costas. Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey, who owns 15 Breeders' Cup wins, including five victories in the BREEDERS' CUP CLASSIC, serves as an analyst along with Randy Moss; host/reporters Laffit Pincay, III and Nick Luck; and reporters Kenny Rice, Donna Brothers, Jay Privman, and Britney Eurton. NBC's Triple Crown race caller Larry Collmus calls all of the Breeders' Cup races. Daily Racing Form's Matt Bernier serves as a handicapper.



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