Breeders Cup : The 35th iteration of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships will be held from the prestigious Churchill Downs in Louisville, and this year’s action promises to be as exciting as usual. There will be 14 races, all but one of which are Grade I stakes races, taking place on Friday, Nov. 2 and Saturday, Nov. 3.
Race action will be televised by NBCSN on Friday and early Saturday, while coverage of the bigger races will be carried by NBC, with live streaming of all action available via NBC Sports. Coverage on Friday begins at 3 p.m. ET, while coverage on Saturday begins at 12 noon and continues at 3:30 p.m. on NBC.
The biggest races, the Mile, Distaff, Turf and Classic, will all be broadcast on NBC, with the rest of the action on NBCSN. The final race, the Classic, has a total purse of $6 million, and marks what many consider to be the “end” of the North American horse racing season, though there are still some other races on the calendar in November and December.
Unfortunately, the festivities will not be featuring Justify, the Triple Crown champion, who was retired in July. This will be the ninth time that Churchill Downs has hosted the Breeders’ Cup, and the venue underwent a $70 million renovation/upgrade to its facilities to accommodate the size and scope of the Breeders’ Cup.
This year, the Friday card is dubbed “Future Stars Friday”, and featured five juvenile races. The only race that is not a Grade I stakes event is the Juvenile Turf Sprint, the opening race of the slate.
Below is all you need to know to watch the action, and below that is the full list of races.
All times ET.
How to watch the 2018 Breeders’ Cup
Date: November 2nd-3rd
Time: 3 p.m.-6:30 p.m. (Friday), 12 p.m.-6 p.m. (Saturday)
TV: NBCSN, NBC
Online Streaming: NBC Sports
2018 Breeders’ Cup Schedule & Results
|Race Name||Day/Post Time (ET)||Distance||Restrictions||Purse||Winner|
|Juvenile Turf Sprint||Friday, 3:21 p.m.||5 1/2 Furlongs||2-year-olds||$1 million||N/A|
|Juvenile Fillies Turf||Friday, 4 p.m.||1 mile||2-year-old fillies||$1 million||N/A|
|Juvenile Fillies Turf||Friday, 4:40 p.m.||1 1/16 miles||2-year-old fillies||$2 million||N/A|
|Juvenile Turf Sprint||Friday, 5:22 p.m.||1 mile||2-year-old colts and geldings||$1 million||N/A|
|Juvenile||Friday, 6:05 p.m.||1 1/16 miles||2-year-old colts and geldings||$2 million||N/A|
|Filly & Mare Sprint||Saturday, 12 p.m.||7 furlongs||3-year-and-up fillies & mares||$1 million||N/A|
|Turf Sprint||Saturday, 12:38 p.m.||5 1/2 furlongs||3 years and up||$1 million||N/A|
|Dirt Mile||Saturday, 1:16 p.m.||1 mile||3 years and up||$1 million||N/A|
|Filly & Mare Turf||Saturday, 2:04 p.m.||1 3/8 miles||3-year-and-up fillies & mares||$2 million||N/A|
|Sprint||Saturday, 2:46 p.m.||6 furlongs||3 years and up||$2 million||N/A|
|Mile||Saturday, 3:36 p.m.||1 mile||3 years and up||$2 million||N/A|
|Distaff||Saturday, 4:16 p.m.||1 1/8 miles||3-year-and-up fillies & mares||$2 million||N/A|
|Turf||Saturday, 4:56 p.m.||1 1/2 miles||3 years and up||$4 million||N/A|
|Classic||Saturday, 5:44 p.m.||1 1/4 miles||3 years and up||$6 million||N/A|