NBC Sports Plans 11 B.C. Challenge Program Broadcasts

By BloodHorse Staff
The Breeders' Cup and NBC Sports Group announced April 11 the 2017 "Breeders' Cup Challenge Series: Win and You're In, presented by Lane's End Farm and America's Best Racing" television schedule of 11 live programs featuring 17 qualifying races and other major stakes on the road to the Breeders' Cup World Championships.

This year's Breeders' Cup Challenge Series, now in its fourth year on NBC and NBCSN, is enhanced by the addition of the Stephen Foster Handicap (G1) from Churchill Downs on June 17, the first U.S. "Win and You're In" for the $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic (G1); the Arlington Million (G1T) from Arlington International Racecourse (G1T)  Aug. 12, and the $1 million TVG Pacific Classic (G1) from Del Mar on Aug. 19. Del Mar is the home of this year's Breeders' Cup World Championships, Nov. 3-4, which also will be televised live by NBC Sports Group.

The TVG Pacific Classic is expected to be the much anticipated return of defending Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) winner Arrogate, rated No. 1 in the Longines World's Best Racehorse rankings, who is currently being rested following spectacular wins this year in the Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes (G1) in January and the Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates Airline (G1) last month.

"In conjunction with our partners at NBC Sports, we look forward once again to showcasing the biggest stars in our sport competing in the highest quality of races throughout the summer and fall leading to the World Championships," said Breeders' Cup president Craig Fravel. "We greatly appreciate NBC's expanded commitment and expertise in covering Thoroughbred racing, and express our gratitude for the support of our presenting sponsors of the Challenge series in Lane's End Farm and America's Best Racing."

"We are excited to present Breeders' Cup Challenge Series coverage from Belmont Stakes Day all the way through to the Breeders' Cup World Championships," said Jon Miller, president of programming for NBC Sports Group. "As the home of horse racing, the Breeders' Cup Challenge Series is integral to our live racing coverage in 10 of 12 months this year."

In addition, several NBC Sports Regional Networks will present replays of select races after their initial telecasts on NBC and NBCSN.  

Below is the 2017 "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)

Date Network Event Track Challenge/Division
June 10, 3-5 p.m. NBCSN Ogden Phipps H. Belmont Park Longines Distaff
June 10, 5-7 p.m. NBC Metropolitan Mile Belmont Park Las Vegas Dirt Mile
         
Jun. 17 NBCSN Stephen Foster Churchill Downs Classic
8:30-10 p.m.   Fleur De Lis   Longines Distaff
    Breeders' Cup Challenge at Churchill Downs    
         
Jul. 8 NBC Belmont Sprint Championship Belmont Park TwinSpires Sprint
4:30-6 p.m.   Belmont Oaks   F/M Turf
    TBD Stakes    
         
Jul. 30 NBC Haskell Invitational Monmouth Park Classic
5-6 p.m.        
         
Aug. 5 NBC Whitney H. Saratoga Classic
5-6 p.m.   Test S. Racecourse F/M Sprint Division
    Summer at Saratoga    
         
Aug. 12 NBCSN Arlington Million Arlington Park Longines Turf
6:30-7:30 p.m.   Beverly D.   F/M Turf
         
Aug. 19 NBCSN TVG Pacific Classic Del Mar Classic
8-9 p.m.        
         
Aug. 26 NBC Travers S. Saratoga Classic Division
4:30-6 p.m.   Sword Dancer S. Racecourse Longines Turf
    TBD Stakes   TBD
    Summer at Saratoga    
         
Sep. 2 NBCSN Woodward S. Saratoga Classic Division
6-7 p.m.   Spinaway S. Racecourse 14 Hands Winery Juvenile
    Summer at Saratoga   Fillies
         
Oct. 7 NBC Claiborne Breeders' Futurity Keeneland Sentient Jet Juvenile
5-6 p.m.   Shadwell Mile   Mile
    Jockey Club Gold Cup Belmont Park Classic
         
Oct. 8 NBCSN Dixiana Bourbon S. Keeneland Juvenile Turf
5-6 p.m.   Juddmonte Spinster S.   Longines Distaff