Primetime BC Classic Highlights NBC Coverage
by Frank Angst
Date Posted: 10/24/2013 12:37:43 PM
Last Updated: 10/26/2013 11:06:14 AM

Photo: Mike Corrado

The 30th edition of the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) will be broadcast live in primetime Nov. 2, culminating 9 1/2 hours of Breeders' Cup World Championships coverage over two days by the NBC Sports Group from Santa Anita Park

All 14 Breeders' Cup races will be televised live by NBC and NBCSN, although the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) will not be included in the regular broadcast. For the first time, live Breeders' Cup bonus coverage will air during NBCSN's 3 p.m. Nov. 2 Notre Dame—Navy pregame show. In the first segment of the pregame show, NBCSN will televise live the $2 million Juvenile Fillies, which has a 3:05 p.m. EDT post time.

Live NBC Sports Group coverage of the Breeders' Cup World Championships begins Nov. 1, from 4-8 p.m. EDT on NBCSN, continues Nov. 2, from 3:30-8 p.m. EDT on NBCSN. Coverage culminates with the live primetime broadcast of the Breeders' Cup Classic,  Nov. 2, from 8-9 p.m. EDT on 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 retired Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey, who has 15 Breeders' Cup wins, including five in the Breeders' Cup 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 primetime show, which will focus on the spectacle and scene of the Breeders' Cup, with contributing features and celebrity interviews. 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 out 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 on NBCSN.

NBC Sports Live Extra, 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," the media industry's effort to make quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.

NBC Sports Live Extra will offer full replays of all streamed races.

Horseracing fans can access content through the event at NBCSports.com/BreedersCup. Fans can access and sort social media content from Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram through various streams spanning horses, fashion, celebrities and more. The "All Access" page aggregates what's trending, Breeders' Cup video, and photo content. 

NBC Sports and Twitter are partnering to have the "Twitter Mirror" present on the "Purple Carpet" at Breeders' Cup capturing celebrities, their style, and picks for the Breeders' Cup Classic. Photos will be pushed out through the @NBCSN Twitter feed and collected and housed within the Breeders' Cup All Access page at NBCSports.com/BreedersCup. Content from the "Twitter Mirror" will be featured on-air during the Breeders' Cup.



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