The Breeders’ Cup Classic pits the top horses from around the world against each other in the ultimate showdown to finish out the year in horse racing. Here’s everything you need to know about racing’s grand finale at Keeneland:
What is the Breeders’ Cup Classic?
The $6 million Classic is a 1 1/4-mile race on the dirt with 14 spots open to any horse aged 3 and up with no gender conditions. The Classic is considered the grand finale of the horse racing season, with some of the richest horses, trainers and jockeys going head-to-head.
Who is running in the race?
A field of 10 is set for the Breeders’ Cup Classic, including three trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert. Improbable leads the Baffert stable with his morning line favorite 5-2 odds, and this year’s Kentucky Derby winner and Preakness runner up Authentic opens with 9-5 odds, while the infamous Maximum Security is 7-2. The 2020 Belmont Stakes winner Tiz the Law, trained by Barclay Tagg, drew the No. 2 spot with 3-1 odds.
Where is the Classic?
The Breeders’ Cup changes tracks every year, with Keeneland hosting for the second time in Lexington, Ky., just down the road from where many of the horses competing in the event were bred.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Breeders’ Cup will run without fans in the stands. Keeneland will also host again in 2022.
When is the Breeders’ Cup Classic?
The Breeders’ Cup runs from November 6-7, and the Classic takes the final spot on Nov. 7. Post time for the Breeders’ Cup Classic is set for 5:13 p.m.
How to watch Breeders’ Cup Classic:
Watch the 2020 Breeders’ Cup Classic on NBC, NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app. Coverage of the Breeders’ Cup Classic will run from 2:30-5:30 p.m. ET, with a post time of approximately 5:13 p.m. ET. Additional coverage will broadcast on NBCSN, NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app on Friday, Nov. 6 from 2-6 p.m. ET and on Saturday, Nov. 7 from 12-5:30 p.m. ET.
Watch NBC Sports’ coverage of the 2020 Breeders’ Cup starting with Future Stars Friday on Nov. 6 from 2-6 p.m. ET (NBCSN) and continuing with Championship Saturday on Nov. 7 from 12-5:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN until 2:30, NBC from 2:30-5:30).