NBC to Air Live Primetime Coverage of 30th Running of Breeders' Cup Classic
STAMFORD, Conn. – October 24, 2013 – The 30th running of the Breeders’ Cup Classic will be broadcast live in primetime on Saturday, November 2, culminating 9 1/2 hours of Breeders’ Cup World Championships coverage over two days by the NBC Sports Group from Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. All 14 Breeders’ Cup races will be televised live by NBC and NBCSN.
Live NBC Sports Group coverage of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships begins on Friday, November 1, from 4-8 p.m. ET on NBCSN, continues on Saturday, November 2, from 3:30-8 p.m. ET on NBCSN, and culminates with the live primetime broadcast of the Breeders’ Cup Classic, Saturday, November 2, 8-9 p.m. ET on NBC.
For the first time, live Breeders’ Cup bonus coverage will air during NBCSN’s 3 p.m. Notre Dame-Navy pregame show. In the first segment of the pregame show, NBCSN will televise live the $2,000,000 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies race, which has a 3:05 p.m. ET post time.
2013 BREEDERS’ CUP TELEVISION SCHEDULE:
All Times Live, ET
Friday, November 1 4-8 p.m. NBCSN
Saturday, November 2 3:30-8 p.m. NBCSN
Saturday, November 2 8-9 p.m. NBC
COMMENTATORS: 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 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, as well as contributing features and handling 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 $5,000,000 Breeders' Cup Classic. Six-time Grammy Award winner Toni Braxton will sing the national anthem Saturday on NBCSN.
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. The coverage on NBCSN 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.
NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA: NBC Sports Live Extra — the NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets — will stream Breeders’ Cupcoverage 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.
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.
Breeders’ Cup coverage airing on:
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.” “TV Everywhere” is available on an authenticated basis to subscribers of participating MVPDs.
NBC Sports Live Extra will offer full replays of all streamed races.
BREEDERS’ CUP “ALL ACCESS”: Horseracing fans and fans of the celebrities and fashion of the Breeders’ Cup can access content leading up to, and 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.
TWITTER MIRROR: 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.
BREEDERS’ CUP CONFERENCE CALL: NBC will conduct a media conference call on Wednesday, October 30 at 1:30 p.m. ET/10:30 a.m. PT with Hammond, Bailey, Moss and Hyland. Details of the call will be available on Monday, October 28.
BREEDERS’ CUP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: The Breeders’ Cup, thoroughbred racing’s most prestigious global racing event, consists of 14 races held over two-days with $27 million in purses and awards at stake. The culminating event of the Breeders’ Cup, the Breeders’ Cup Classic, is contested at 1 1Ž4 miles on the main track, for 3-year-olds and older, and is often the determining race for the coveted Horse of the Year title. Over the years, 11 Classic winners have been voted Horse of the Year. In 2009 at Santa Anita Park, the great racemare Zenyatta became the first female to ever win the Classic.
The Breeders’ Cup administers the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Thoroughbred racing’s year-end Championships. The Breeders’ Cup also administers the Breeders’ Cup Challenge qualifying series, which provides automatic starting positions into the Championships races. Breeders’ Cup press releases appear on the Breeders’ Cup Web site, www.breederscup.com. You can also follow the Breeders’ Cup on social media platforms, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
NBC SPORTS GROUP AND HORSE RACING: The NBC Sports Group is the exclusive home to the most important and prestigious events in horse racing, including the Triple Crown and the Breeders’ Cup, which was broadcast on NBC from 1984-2005. NBC has been the exclusive home of the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes since 2001, and the Belmont Stakes since 2011, when the NBC Sports Group reassembled the Triple Crown. In 2013, the NBC Sports Group presented 271Ž2 hours of Triple Crown coverage across NBC and NBCSN.
NBC Sports Group is also the home to Summer at Saratoga, and, in collaboration with The Jockey Club, the Road to the Kentucky Derby series that provided live coverage of six major prep races for the 2013 Kentucky Derby.