Breeders' Cup 2012 TV Coverage: Where and When to Catch This Year's Cup Live

Allan BrulettCorrespondent IINovember 3, 2012

ARCADIA, CA - NOVEMBER 01:  Horses leave the track in preparation for the 2012 Breeder's Cup at Santa Anita Park on November 1, 2012 in Arcadia, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Live from Santa Anita, it's Saturday night! 

The Breeders' Cup is ready for prime time.   

OK, not all of it.   Just the final race, the Classic.  The other 14 races that make up the Cup will be on the NBC Sports Network over the course of the two-day event.   But the last race, the big one, will be shown live on NBC at 8 p.m. ET Saturday night.  The ponies should hit the post just after the bottom half of the hour.   (Don't tell NBC I told you that.)

The Breeders' Cup had been on ESPN since 2006, but NBC (who started broadcasting the Cup in 1984) reacquired the broadcast rights to the Cup.  This means NBC has a near-monopoly on televising high-profile Thoroughbred racing, since the Peacock also holds the broadcast rights to horse racing's three Triple Crown races: the Belmont Stakes, the Preakness Stakes and the Kentucky Derby.  

Tom Hammond, who hosted the initial Breeders' Cup broadcast for NBC and then never left, will resume as the event's on-air host.  

NBC will be putting 14 of the 15 races on the NBC Sports Network.  Six of them were run yesterday, with nine more on the docket for today.  Here's the basics, from

  • Breeders' Cup Saturday, 3:30-8:00PM, NBC Sports Network
  • Breeders' Cup Classic, 8:00-9:00PM, NBC

And the details, from the Cup's official site  (note all times are Pacific; add one hour for Mountain, two for Central and three for Eastern):

  • 5:30 PM Classic, $5,000,000 purse, 1 1/4 miles 
  • 4:40 PM Mile, $2,000,000 purse, 1 mile
  • 3:18 PM Turf, $3,000,000 purse, 1 1/2 miles

Check your local listings to find the NBC Sports Network.   If you can't find it, check your local listings for an OTB.   ("OTB," of course, is an acronym for "Establishment dedicated to the recreational watching of horse racing for lawful entertainment purposes only.")