The Classic won't be the final race of the card

The Classic won't be the final race of the card

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BC Works on Race Scheduling

Race likely to be run after Classic, Distaff

For the past three years the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) has been the final race on the World Championships program, but that is expected to change this year. With the event held at Santa Anita Park from 2012-14, the three-hour time difference allowed the Classic to be televised nationally in prime time—about 8:30 p.m. EDT—so it was carded as late as possible.

That won't be the case this year at Keeneland, and in order to facilitate traffic leaving the facility, one more race probably will be carded after both Saturday's Classic and the Distaff (gr. I) on Friday's program, Breeders' Cup chief operating officer Bob Elliston said.

As for the overall schedule Elliston said 22 races will be raced over the two days.

"We will determine which four Breeders' Cup races will be held Friday, and which nine will be held Saturday," he said. "As usual, we reserve the right to switch them around after pre-entries are taken."