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 (gr. I) 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 (gr. I)” 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 (gr. II) 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)