Breeders’ Cup on ABC, ESPN & ESPN2 Nov. 5-6

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Breeders’ Cup on ABC, ESPN & ESPN2 Nov. 5-6

The V Foundation for Cancer Research to be Beneficiary for Second Year

Screen shot 2010-11-01 at 6.08.25 PMThe 27th running of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships will air live in high definition from Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., Nov. 5-6 on ABC, ESPN and ESPN2.  ESPN will have more than nine hours of coverage dedicated to the 14 races, as both Friday and Saturday will finish under the lights for the first time in Breeders’ Cup history. The Breeders’ Cup marks the climactic end of the thoroughbred racing season.

This year’s event will be highlighted by undefeated mare Zenyatta, the first female horse to win the Breeders’ Cup Classic (2009) and winner of the 2008 Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic. Known for her pre-race dance routine and dramatic finishes, she will be seeking her 20th straight win this week.

“Zenyatta just may be the greatest horse of all time. How can you argue with perfection?,” said jockey Mike Smith.

Championship Friday, Nov. 5, will begin at 4 p.m. ET on ESPN2 with six Breeders’ Cup Championship races, concluding with the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic at 7:30 p.m.  Saturday’s racing will begin on ABC at 1:30 p.m. and continue on ESPN from 3:30-7 p.m. The Breeders’ Cup Classic: “Zenyatta, A Quest for Perfection” sponsored by Emirates Airline will run commercial free beginning at 6:15 p.m. will stream the ESPN and ESPN2 telecasts live.  ESPN’s coverage on Nov. 6 will also be available on ESPN Mobile TV and online through (available to Time Warner Cable customers).

Joe Tessitore will host with analysts Jerry Bailey and Randy Moss, while Kenny Mayne will work with handicapper Hank Goldberg. Nick Luck will be the European horse analyst and Jeannine Edwards, Jay Privman, and Caton Bredar (on horseback) will serve as reporters. Steve Cyphers will interview key personalities in the sport and Jeremy Schaap will report from the winner’s circle. Trevor Denman will call the races and reporter Bill Nack will contribute essays for the ESPN telecast.  Photos

Planned features:

  • “Zenyatta: Hollywood Overtime” – a screenplay feature about Zenyatta and her Hollywood-esque finishes in each race she competes;
  • Zenyatta’s relationship with jockey Mike Smith and champion racehorse trainer John Shirrefs;
  • A profile on horse racing in Kentucky, including an interview with University of Louisville basketball head coach Rick Pitino;
  • And, a feature on American thoroughbred racehorse trainer Rick Dutrow.

The ESPN telecasts of the Breeders’ Cup will include more than 40 HD cameras positioned throughout Churchill Downs, including positions on a crane, helicopter, inside the starting gate, stewards’ room and two X-Mo cameras at the finish line.

Multi-Platform Coverage:

  • Simulcasts of ESPN and ESPN2 on Friday and Saturday;
  • SportsCenter: News and information, and features on Zenyatta leading up to and following the race.
  • ESPN Radio: News and information updates;
  • Outside the Lines: Feature on Zenyatta, as well as discussion of the horse’s legacy with Bill Nack and Randy Moss;
  • First Take: News and information reporting, including an interview with Zenyatta jockey Mike Smith on Wed., Nov. 3. On Fri., Nov. 5, Randy Moss will debate Skip Bayless on First and Ten about Zenyatta’s chance for a repeat win;
  • “Cover it Live” chat with handicapper Terry Turrell and blogging on-site from Kenny Mayne and Zenyatta jockey Mike Smith. Additional features throughout the week will include Q&A’s with jockeys, Zenyatta’s arrival to Churchill Downs, Breeders’ Cup picks, video recaps and final thoughts of the Breeders’ Cup races, among others;
  • ESPN Mobile TV: will simulcast the Breeders’ Cup live on ESPN, Sat., Nov. 6;
  • ESPN International: Racing will be distributed via ESPN’s networks in Australia, New Zealand, Africa and the Middle East, and on ESPN’s HD networks in Australia, Brazil and Latin America.  In addition, the Breeders’ Cup will be streamed live on ESPN broadband platforms in Latin America and Australia.

 Breeders’ Cup and The V Foundation for Cancer Research

For the second year, The Breeders’ Cup World Championships has selected The V Foundation for Cancer Research as its primary beneficiary. In 2009, $130,000 was donated to the foundation. This year, in addition to on-air messaging and in-stadium text messaging to donate, Breeders’ Cup has expanded its merchandise offerings to include a horseshoe necklace, Zenyatta cap and a t-shirt from which a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Foundation. Additionally, for the second year, the third race Fri., Nov. 5 (at 3 p.m.), will bear the name: Jimmy V “Don’t Give Up…Don’t Ever Give Up!” ® in honor of The V Foundation for Cancer Research. CEO Nick Valvano will be on hand to present the trophy to the winner of this race.

About The V Foundation for Cancer Research

The V Foundation for Cancer Research was founded in 1993 by ESPN and the late Jim Valvano, legendary North Carolina State basketball coach and ESPN commentator. Since 1993, The Foundation has raised more than $100 million to fund cancer research grants nationwide. It awards 100 percent of all direct cash donations and net proceeds of events directly to cancer research and related programs. Administrative and fundraising expenses are paid by their endowment. The Foundation awards grants through a competitive awards process strictly supervised by a Scientific Advisory Board. For more information on The V Foundation or to make a donation, please visit


Date Race Time (ET) Network
Fri., Nov. 5 $500,000 Breeders’ Cup Marathon  4:10 p.m. ESPN2
  $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf  4:50 p.m. ESPN2
  $1 million Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint 5:30 p.m. ESPN2
  $1 million Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies 6:10 p.m. ESPN2
  $2 million Emirates Airline Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf 6:50 p.m. ESPN2
  $2 million Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic 7:30 p.m. ESPN2
Sat., Nov. 6 $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf 1:50 p.m. ABC
  $2 million Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Sprint 2:30 p.m. ABC
  $1 million  Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint 3:15 p.m. ABC
  $2 million Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile 3:55 p.m. ESPN
  $2 million TVG Breeders’ Cup Mile 4:40 pm. ESPN
  $1 million Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile 5:20 p.m. ESPN
  $3 million Emirates Airline Breeders’ Cup Turf 6 p.m. ESPN
  $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic 6:45 p.m. ESPN

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