2011 Breeders Cup

2011 Breeders' Cup Post Time: Why Classic Will Benefit from Prime-Time Start

LOUISVILLE, KY - NOVEMBER 04:  The field breaks from the gate during the Breeders' Cup Ladies Classic during the 2011 Breeders' Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs on November 4, 2011 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Tom LoughreyAnalyst IIINovember 5, 2011

Horse racing is far from the forefront of the sports world on a regular basis, but the 7:00 p.m. ET post time of the Breeders’ Cup Classic tonight gives the race a little extra juice.

For regulars of the track, the highly-anticipated race should be at the top of their agenda, regardless of whether or not they're betting. Uncle Mo is the favorite, with Havre De Grace and So You Think projected as his top contenders.

There’s one problem with the Classic—it happens to fall on the same day as the biggest regular-season college football game in recent memory. The No. 1 LSU Tigers will travel to Bryant-Denny Stadium to face off against an SEC foe, the No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide.

Tony Manfred of the Business Insider reports the game between the Tigers and Tide has the potential to become the most bet-on game ever.  Wynn Sportsbook head John Avello had this to say about the game’s monetary capacity.

"It's a monster weekend. This game is going to write more money than any college game has written this year for sure. And maybe, possibly, of all time."

Will this draw attention away from the race?

Sure, but the game doesn’t start until 8:00 p.m. ET. That means any diehard sports fan could flip the switch to watch the two-minute spectacle instead of drenching their brain with two more minutes of analysis.

If the Classic started after 8:00 p.m. ET, it would have no chance. Comical confusion like this gives insight to the situation.

There’s no NBA games to compete with, no Saturday NFL games and the Nationwide Series race should be over with by then. The only competition will be seven NHL games that begin at 7:00 p.m.

Whether it was a mistake or not, the schedulers of the Classic gave the race a good chance for ratings success.

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