SIRIUS Satellite Radio, which provides sports radio programming, broadcasting the play-by-play of more than 350 pro and college teams, announced Thursday that it will be the exclusive radio broadcaster for the 2005 Breeders' Cup World Championships, Oct. 29 at Belmont Park.
Starting at 10:00 a.m. (ET) on SIRIUS Sports Action // channel 123, SIRIUS will devote eight hours to Breeders' Cup coverage. This special edition of SIRIUS' weekly horse racing program, "Down The Stretch", will feature regular host and track announcer Dave Johnson anchoring the day's coverage alongside co-host Bill Finley.
Johnson will also call each of the day's eight grade I Breeders' Cup races live, including the $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge. Post time for the first Breeders' Cup race is 1:20 pm (ET).
"Having worked every Breeders' Cup in some capacity on television or radio, I am delighted that SIRIUS satellite radio has boldly moved forward with this complete Breeders' Cup Day broadcast," said Johnson. "I am honored that, once again, I can be of service as the radio voice of the greatest day in racing..."
Additionally, journalists Jay Privman and Caton Bredar will serve as reporters throughout the event, providing updates from around the grounds at Belmont Park and conducting live interviews with jockeys, trainers and owners before and after races.
"The Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships is one of the most anticipated events of the year," said Steve Cohen, SIRIUS' vice president of sports programming. "From the track to the jockeys' room to the paddock, we will offer unprecedented coverage of the Breeders' Cup with our team of horse racing experts."
"As a broadcaster on the leading edge of expanded technology, we are excited about our partnership with SIRIUS satellite radio, and look forward to an excellent Breeders' Cup program," said Chip Campbell, senior vice president of media and sponsorship for the National Thoroughbred Racing Association.