BREEDERS’ CUP AND NBC SPORTS GROUP ANNOUNCE 2018 BREEDERS’ CUP CHALLENGE TELEVISION SCHEDULE

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Stephen Foster, Haskell, Whitney, Arlington Million, Travers and Awesome Again among top races in 11 series telecasts presented by America’s Best Racing

NEW YORK (April 10, 2018) – The Breeders’ Cup and NBC Sports Group today announced the 2018 “Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series: Win and You’re In, presented by America’s Best Racing” television schedule, consisting of 11 live programs featuring a star-studded lineup of more than 20 automatic qualifying races, and other major stakes, from seven of the nation’s premier racetracks on the road to the Breeders’ Cup World Championships.

Now in its fifth year on NBC and NBCSN, the series showcases the top horses as they vie for a coveted spot in the 2018 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs on November 2-3, which will also be televised live by the NBC Sports Group.

The 2018 “Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series: Win and You’re In, presented by America’s Best Racing” begins on Belmont Stakes Day, June 9, with the Metropolitan Handicap (G1), the Ogden Phipps (G1) and the Jaipur Invitational (G2) live from Belmont Park, and continues with live telecasts of American fixtures throughout the summer, including the Stephen Foster Handicap (G1) at Churchill Downs, which is the first of five televised qualifying races for the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic. Following the Foster, NBC and NBCSN will provide live coverage of the Haskell Invitational (G1) from Monmouth Park; the Arlington Million (G1) from Arlington International Racecourse; the Whitney (G1), the Travers Stakes (G1) and the Woodward (G1) from Saratoga Race Course; and the Awesome Again (G1) from Santa Anita Park. The televised series will conclude in October with the Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) and Juddmonte Spinster (G1) from Keeneland Race Course. The 2017 Horse of the Year, Gun Runner, captured the Stephen Foster, Whitney and Woodward prior to winning the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1).

The complete Challenge Series television schedule can be viewed here.

New this year, Breeders’ Cup is providing an “Add to Calendar” feature that allows fans to easily add the complete Breeders’ Cup Challenge and Championships NBC Sports television schedule to their calendar. The calendar will automatically provide broadcast reminders including tune-in information and NBC and NBCSN channel numbers specific to fans’ locations and cable providers. Fans can click here for more information and to add to their calendar now.

Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series coverage on NBC and NBCSN will be live streamed on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app.

“We are proud to work with NBC Sports to provide our fans with outstanding racing action and in depth analysis of the best Thoroughbreds competing for automatic berths into the World Championships,” said Craig Fravel, Breeders’ Cup President and CEO. “We also greatly appreciate the cooperation and support from the tracks hosting our Challenge races and the commitment from our presenting sponsor America’s Best Racing.”

“The Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series gives our viewers the crucial opportunity to see the world’s top horses throughout the summer before they meet at the Breeders’ Cup World Championships in November,” said Jon Miller, President of Programming, NBC Sports Group. “We’re excited to once again bring the series to viewers nationwide.”

As announced on Monday, April 9, four Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win and You’re In” races from the Royal Ascot meeting in Great Britain on June 19-23 will also be televised live and streamed by NBC Sports Group.

Below is the 2018 “Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series: Win and You’re In” schedule on NBC and NBCSN. Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series races are listed in bold. (All Times Eastern)

The schedule is also available online here.

Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win and You’re In”

2018 Schedule

All Times Eastern

*Denotes non-Challenge Race

Schedule Subject to Change

Date Time Network Event Track Challenge/Division
Sat., June 9 3-5 p.m. NBCSN Metropolitan Mile Belmont Park Las Vegas Dirt Mile
Sat., June 9 3-5 p.m. NBCSN Ogden Phipps H. Belmont Park Longines Distaff
Sat., June 9 3-5 p.m. NBCSN Jaipur S. Belmont Park Turf Sprint
***          
Sat., June 16 8:30-10 p.m. NBCSN Stephen Foster Churchill Downs Classic
Sat., June 16 8:30-10 p.m. NBCSN Fleur De Lis Churchill Downs Longines Distaff
Sat., June 16 8:30-10 p.m. NBCSN Breeders’ Cup Challenge at Churchill Downs Churchill Downs  
***          
Sat., July 7 4:30-6 p.m. NBC Belmont Oaks* Belmont Park F/M Turf
Sat., July 7 4:30-6 p.m. NBC Belmont Sprint Championship Belmont Park TwinSpires Sprint
Sat., July 7 4:30-6 p.m. NBC Suburban H.* Belmont Park Classic Division
***          
Sun., July 29 5-6 p.m. NBC Betfair.com Haskell Invitational Monmouth Park Classic
***          
Sat., Aug. 4 5-6 p.m. NBCSN Whitney H. Saratoga Racecourse Classic
Sat., Aug. 4 5-6 p.m. NBCSN Test S.* Saratoga Racecourse F/M Sprint Division
Sat., Aug. 4 5-6 p.m. NBCSN Summer at Saratoga Saratoga Racecourse  
***          
Sat., Aug. 11 6-7:30 p.m. NBCSN Arlington Million Arlington Park Longines Turf
Sat., Aug. 11 6-7:30 p.m. NBCSN Beverly D. Arlington Park F/M Turf
***          
Sat., Aug. 25 4-6 p.m. NBC Travers S.* Saratoga Racecourse Classic
Sat., Aug. 25 4-6 p.m. NBC Sword Dancer S. Saratoga Racecourse Longines Turf
Sat., Aug. 25 4-6 p.m. NBC TBD #WinandYoureIn Stakes Saratoga Racecourse TBD
Sat., Aug. 25 4-6 p.m. NBC Summer at Saratoga Saratoga Racecourse  
***          
Sat., Sept. 1 5:30-7 p.m. NBCSN Woodward S.* Saratoga Racecourse Classic
Sat., Sept. 1 5:30-7 p.m. NBCSN Spinaway S. Saratoga Racecourse 14 Hands Winery Juvenile Filllies
Sat., Sept. 1 5:30-7 p.m. NBCSN Summer at Saratoga Saratoga Racecourse  
***          
Sat., Sept. 29 7-9 p.m. NBCSN Super Saturday from Santa Anita Santa Anita TBD
Sat., Sept. 29 7-9 p.m. NBCSN Awesome Again Santa Anita Classic
***          
Sat., Oct. 6 4:30-6 p.m. NBC Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity Keeneland Racecourse Sentient Jet Juvenile
Sat., Oct. 6 4:30-6 p.m. NBC Shadwell Mile Keeneland Racecourse Mile
Sat., Oct. 6 4:30-6 p.m. NBC TBD Belmont Park TBD
***          
Sun., Oct. 7 4:30-6 p.m. NBC Dixiana Bourbon S. Keeneland Racecourse Juvenile Turf
Sun., Oct. 7 4:30-6 p.m. NBC Juddmonte Spinster S. Keeneland Racecourse Longines Distaff
Sun., Oct. 7 4:30-6 p.m. NBC TBD Stakes Keeneland Racecourse  

The complete 2018 Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series schedule will be released on Wednesday, April 11.

ABOUT NBC SPORTS GROUP

When the Comcast-NBCUniversal transaction was completed in January 2011, the sports assets of the two companies combined to form NBC Sports Group, which serves sports fans 24/7 with premier live events, insightful studio shows, and compelling original programming. The sports media company consists of NBC Sports, NBC Olympics, NBCSN, Golf Channel, NBC Sports Regional Networks, NBC Sports Radio and NBC Sports Digital, which includes NBCSports.com, NBCOlympics.com, GolfChannel.com, the digital assets of the NBC Sports Regional Networks, Rotoworld, the NBC Sports Talk franchise, multiple apps, and two transactional sports businesses, GolfNow and SportsEngine. NBC Sports Group possesses an unparalleled collection of television rights agreements, partnering with some of the most prestigious sports properties in the world: the International Olympic Committee and United States Olympic Committee, the NFL, NHL, NASCAR, PGA TOUR, The R&A, PGA of America, Churchill Downs, NYRA, Breeders’ Cup, Premier League, INDYCAR, Rugby World Cup, Six Nations Championship, Tour de France, French Open, and many more.

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 2018 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, consisting of 14 races (13 Grade 1 events) with purses and awards totaling more than $30 million, will be held November 2-3 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., 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.

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