A Prime-Time Breeders’ Cup Classic on NBC

by | 10.27.2013 | 2:01am

The 30th running of the Breeders' Cup Classic from Santa Anita will be broadcast live in prime time next Saturday. There will be a total of 9½ hours of Breeders' Cup World Championships coverage over two days by the NBC Sports Group. All 14 Breeders' Cup races will be televised live by NBCSN and NBC.

Live NBC Sports Group coverage begins next Friday from 4-8 p.m. Eastern Time on NBCSN, continues on Saturday from 13:30-8 p.m. (Eastern) on NBCSN, and culminates with the live prime time broadcast of the Breeders' Cup Classic from 8-9 p.m. (Eastern) on NBC.

For the first time, live Breeders' Cup bonus coverage will air during NBCSN's 12 noon Notre Dame-Navy pre-game show. In the first segment of the pregame show, NBCSN will televise the $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies race, which has a 3:05 p.m. Eastern post time.

The 2013 Breeders' Cup television schedule (all times live, Eastern Time):
Friday, Nov. 1                4-8 p.m.            NBCSN
Saturday, Nov. 2            3:30-8 p.m.      NBCSN
Saturday, Nov. 2            8-9 p.m.           NBC

The NBC Sports Group coverage of the Breeders' Cup will feature host Tom Hammond, whose first-ever assignment for NBC was as a reporter on the network's inaugural Breeders' Cup broadcast in 1984. He is joined by Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey, who has 15 Breeders' Cup wins, including five wins in the Classic; veteran horse racing analyst Randy Moss; contributing analysts/handicappers Mike Battaglia and Bob Neumeier; host/reporter Laffit Pincay III; reporters Kenny Rice, Donna Brothers, Jay Privman and Nick Luck, who is making his NBC Sports Group debut.

NBC's Triple Crown race caller Larry Collmus will call all of the Breeders' Cup races.
Additionally, Access Hollywood's Billy Bush will host the first half hour of the prime time show, which will focus on the spectacle and scene of the Breeders' Cup. E! News' Catt Sadler will contribute celebrity interviews and reports from the Breeders' Cup “purple carpet.”

Emmy and Tony Award-winning star of stage and screen Kristin Chenoweth will perform the Breeders' Cup anthem “The Best is Yet to Come” as the horses come on the track for the running of the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic. Six-time Grammy Award winner Toni Braxton will sing the National Anthem Saturday.

NBC Sports Group's Breeders' Cup coverage will be produced by Rob Hyland, producer of NBC's Triple Crown coverage, and a veteran of the network's horse racing coverage since 2001, and directed by Jeff Simon. NBCSN's coverage will be produced by Billy Matthews. The executive producer of NBC Sports and NBCSN is Sam Flood, who has produced 11 Triple Crown races for the network.

The NBC Sports Group's live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets will stream Breeders' Cup coverage on NBC and NBCSN. NBCSN coverage will be live, streamed via “TV Everywhere” in an effort to make quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.

For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app for mobile devices and tablets is available at the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and on select Android handset and tablet devices within Google Play.

NBC will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra.
NBCSN will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live
Extra, and to the digital platforms of participating cable, satellite, and telco services, via “TV Everywhere,” which is available on an authenticated basis to subscribers of participating MVPDs. NBC Sports Live Extra will offer full replays of all streamed races.

Twitter Twitter
Paulick Report on Instagram