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Breeders' Cup Challenge Series Continues with John A. Nerud Stakes, Belmont Derby and Belmont Oaks from Belmont Park this Saturday Live at 4 PM ET on NBC

NEW YORK (July 3, 2019) –  An automatic berth into the Breeders’ Cup Sprint is on the line in the John A. Nerud Stakes on Saturday, July 6 at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y. live at 4 p.m. ET on NBC as part of the “Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series: Win and You’re In – Presented by America’s Best Racing.” 
 
The seven-furlong.  $300,000 John A. Nerud is one of three stakes races on the Stars and Stripes Day two-hour broadcast from Belmont, which also will include the 1 1/4-mile, $1 million Belmont Derby (G1) Invitational on turf for 3-year-olds, and the 1 ¼ mile, $750,000 Belmont Oaks Invitational for 3-year-old fillies, also on turf.
 
Saturday’s show marks the third of 11 telecasts in the “Breeders’ Cup Challenge: Win and You’re In Series – Presented by America’s Best Racing” on NBC and NBCSN from some of America’s most iconic racetracks. The series leads to the 36th Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., on Nov. 1-2 on NBC and NBCSN. Complete series TV schedule can be accessed here: http://www.breederscup.com/challenge-series
 
NBC Sports’ coverage will be hosted by Ahmed Fareed, who will be joined by analyst and Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey, reporters Britney Eurton and Laffit Pincay III and reporter/handicapper Eddie Olcyzk.

The nine-horse field for the John A. Nerud, named for one of Thoroughbred racing’s most renowned trainers and owners, and one of the Founders of the Breeders’ Cup, is led by the 4-year-old colt Promises Fulfilled, trained by Dale Romans, a winner of six races in 14 starts.  In preparing for last year’s Breeders’ Cup Sprint, Promises Fulfilled won the three consecutive races, taking Amsterdam and the Allen Jerkens Stakes at Saratoga and the Phoenix Stakes at Keeneland, prior to a fourth-place finish in the Sprint at Churchill Downs. A chestnut son of Shackleford, who won the 2011 Preakness Stakes for Romans, Promises Fulfilled comes into Saturday’s race off a fourth-place finish in the Metropolitan Handicap on Belmont Stakes Day, June 8.

The 4-year-old Nicodemus, trained by Linda Rice, has three wins in eight starts, including a victory in the Westchester at Aqueduct in May. He comes into Saturday’s race off a fourth-place finish in the True North, beaten by 2 ½ lengths.

Three Diamonds Farm’s 6-year-old gelding Do Share is seeking his 10th career win.. Trained by Michael Maker, Do Share won the Tom Fool Handicap at Aqueduct in March and was fourth in the Churchill Downs Stakes on May 4 in his last start.  

Pat on the Back, a 5-year-old New York bred, trained by Jeremiah Englehart, has won both his starts at Belmont Park this year. Pat on the Back won the six-furlong Affirmed Stakes over a sloppy track on April 26 and followed up that performance by taking the one-mile Commentator Stakes on May 27.

An international cast of stars is expected for the Belmont Derby and the Belmont Oaks.

The Belmont Derby is the first leg of the New York Racing Association’s Turf Trinity, which includes the Saratoga Derby in August and the Jockey Club Derby back at Belmont in September.   

The Belmont Derby drew a full field of 14 starters and one also eligible. Trainers Aidan O’Brien and Chad Brown each entered three horses. From his Ballydoyle base in Ireland, O’Brien has shipped over Cape of Good Hope (GB), who was fourth in the French Derby at Chantilly in June and Blenheim Palace (IRE), second in the Dubai Duty Free Full of Surprises International Stakes at the Curragh in Ireland. 

Brown, who has been the Champion  Eclipse Award-winning trainer in North America the past three years, has entered two unbeaten colts in Digital Age, who won the American Turf at Churchill Downs on May 4 and Demarchelier (GB), who captured the 1 1/8-mile Pennine Ridge at Belmont on June 1. French import Rockemperor (IRE), sixth in last month’s French Derby is the third Brown entrant.

Adding intrigue to the Belmont Derby is Japanese runner Master Fencer (JPN), who is returning to the turf after a sixth-place finishing in the Kentucky Derby and a fifth-place finish in the Belmont Stakes.

Nine fillies have been entered in the Belmont Oaks, led by trainer Rusty Arnold’s Concrete Rose, winner the Florida Oaks at Tampa Bay Downs and the Edgewood Stakes at Churchill Downs in her last two starts.  Chad Brown is looking for better things with last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf winner Newspaperofrecord, who will be trying to improve off two second-place finishes this year. From Japan comes Jodie (JPN), who was second in the Sho Flora Stakes at Tokyo Racecourse before finishing 14th in the Japanese Oaks on May 19. 

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About Breeders’ Cup

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. The 2019 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, consisting of 14 Graded Stakes with purses and awards totaling more than $30 million, will be held on November 1-2 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., and will be televised live by the NBC Sports Group. Breeders’ Cup press releases appear on the Breeders’ Cup website, www.breederscup.com. You can also follow the Breeders’ Cup on social media platforms Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

NBC SPORTS GROUP AND HORSE RACING: NBC Sports Group is the exclusive home to the most important and prestigious events in horse racing, including the Triple Crown, the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Royal Ascot, and Pegasus World Cup Invitational Series. NBC has been the exclusive home of the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes since 2001, and the Belmont Stakes since 2011, when NBC Sports Group reassembled the Triple Crown. The 2019 Kentucky Derby posted a Total Audience Delivery (TAD) of 16.5 million viewers across NBC and NBC Sports Digital platforms – up 10% from last year’s race (15.0 million) featuring eventual Triple Crown winner Justify and marking television’s largest Saturday audience since the NFL Divisional Playoffs (Jan. 12, 2019).

 
 

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