Racing UK has agreed a new partnership which will allow it to carry host broadcaster NBC’s HD coverage of the two-day meeting in a special free-to-air broadcast. It will show all four championship races on 3rd November and nine championship races on 4th November.
At The Races, which is owned by UK pay-TV giant Sky Sports, will once again broadcast American flat racing’s showpiece event. It will mix its own live studio production with NBC coverage. Due to contractual obligations already in place, At The Races will have the exclusive UK rights to the Group One Breeders’ Cup Classic on the Saturday but Racing UK will not show the US$6 million feature race.
“We’re looking forward to showcasing Breeders’ Cup 2017 and offering it the broadcast, digital and marketing promotion this world-class event merits,” said Seb Vance, PR and communications director of Racecourse Media Group (RMG), parent company of Racing UK. “RMG’s relationship with Breeders’ Cup has really developed over the last year.”
Matthew Imi, chief executive of At The Races, said: “Arrogate should make this year’s Classic very special and the Breeders’ Cup continues to be a wonderful and unrivalled international showcase for our sport. We look forward to following all the stories and excitement again with coverage across our TV, website and social media channels.”
The Breeders’ Cup Classic completes US horse racing's Grand Slam of thoroughbred racing - which includes the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes - and is open to fillies and colts aged three years old and above.
The annual ten-furlong contest is held at a different racetrack each year as part of the Breeders' Cup World Championships. The 2017 race takes place at San Diego’s Del Mar Thoroughbred Club and will feature the 2016 champion, the Bob Baffert-trained Arrogate, who is a 3-1 second favourite behind Gun Runner.