How to watch Breeders’ Cup Classic 2022: Live stream online, TV channel, start time

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The Breeders’ Cup Classic is the signature race of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, a two-day, 14-race event that is one of the biggest highlights of the annual horse racing calendar. The 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 Race Course:

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 both male and female horses aged three years and up. 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? 

The expected field for the Breeders’ Cup Classic includes John Sadler’s undefeated Flightline. Bob Baffert may have one entry in Taiba. Todd Pletcher may have a trio of horses in the race: Life Is Good, Americanrevolution and Happy Saver. Kentucky Derby longshot winner Rich Strike is also expected to be in the field.

Related: What to know about the 2022 Breeders’ Cup World Championships

Who won the 2021 Breeders’ Cup Classic?

In the 2021 Breeders’ Cup Classic, at Del Mar Racetrack in Del Mar, California, Knicks Go bested a strong field that included Medina Spirit, Essential Quality and Hot Rod Charlie. Knicks Go, trained by Brad Cox and also a winner at the Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes and the Whitney Stakes, would go on to win 2021 Horse of the Year.

Where is the Classic?

The Breeders’ Cup changes tracks every year, with Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky hosting for the third time in 2022. Keeneland most recently hosted in 2020, with limited attendance amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

When is the Breeders’ Cup Classic? 

The Breeders’ Cup runs from November 4-5. Friday’s coverage goes from 2 to 6 p.m. ET, and Saturday’s coverage runs from 1 to 6 p.m. ET. Post time for the Breeders’ Cup Classic is tentatively set for Saturday, November 5th at 5:40 p.m ET.

Related: From experiment to history: The history of the Breeders’ Cup

How to watch Breeders’ Cup Classic: 

Coverage of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships will air across NBC and USA, as well as on NBCSports.com, the NBC Sports app and Peacock. The Breeders’ Cup Classic will air on Saturday, November 5th.

Friday, November 4th (Future Stars Friday): Coverage airs on USA Network from 2:00 p.m. ET – 6:00 p.m. ET, with additional coverage on NBC Sports.com and the NBC Sports app.

  • Races include the Juvenile Turf Sprint, the Juvenile Fillies, the Juvenile Fillies Turf, the Juvenile and the Juvenile Turf

Saturday, November 5th: Coverage airs from 1 p.m. ET – 3:30 p.m. ET on USA Network. Then, at 3:30 p.m. ET, coverage moves to NBC and Peacock, including the broadcast of the Breeders’ Cup Classic with a post time of approximately 5:40 p.m ET. Additional coverage airs on NBC Sports.com and the NBC Sports app.

  • Races include the Sprint, the Filly and Mare Turf, the Dirt Mile, the Mile, the Distaff, the Turf, and the Breeders’ Cup Classic

Appeals court strikes down federal horseracing rules act

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NEW ORLEANS — Congress unconstitutionally gave too much power to a nonprofit authority it created in 2020 to develop and enforce horseracing rules, a federal appeals court in New Orleans ruled Friday.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act, or HISA, is “facially unconstitutional.”

The authority created by the act was meant to bring uniform policies and enforcement to horseracing amid doping scandals and racetrack horse deaths. But the 5th Circuit – in two rulings issued Friday – ruled in favor of opponents of the act in lawsuits brought by horseracing associations and state officials in Texas, Louisiana and West Virginia.

The Federal Trade Commission has the ultimate authority to approve or reject HISA regulations, but it can’t modify them. And the authority can reject proposed modifications.

Three 5th Circuit judges agreed with opponents of the act – including the National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association and similar groups in multiple states – that the setup gave too much power to the nongovernmental authority and too little to the FTC.

“A cardinal constitutional principle is that federal power can be wielded only by the federal government. Private entities may do so only if they are subordinate to an agency,” Judge Stuart Kyle Duncan wrote for the panel that ruled in the Texas case.

The same panel, which also included judges Carolyn Dineen King and Kurt Engelhardt, cited the Texas ruling in a separate order in favor of horseracing interests and regulators challenging HISA in a different case.

The chair of the horseracing authority’s board of directors said it would ask for further court review. Friday’s ruling could be appealed to the full 5th Circuit court of the Supreme Court.

“If today’s ruling were to stand, it would not go into effect until January 10, 2023 at the earliest,” Charles Scheeler said in an email. “We are focused on continuing our critical work to protect the safety and integrity of Thoroughbred racing, including the launch of HISA’s Anti-Doping and Medication Control Program on January 1, 2023.”

The ruling was criticized by Marty Irby, executive director of the Animal Wellness Action organization. “Over the course of three Congresses, the most brilliant legal minds on Capitol Hill addressed the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act’s constitutionality and ultimately decided that the Federal Trade Commission’s limited oversight was sufficient,” Irby said in an email.

Among the subjects covered by the authority’s rules and enforcement were jockey safety (including a national concussion protocol), the riding crop and how often riders can use it during a race, racetrack accreditation, and the reporting of training and veterinary records.

Animal rights groups, who supported the law, pointed to scandals in the industry involving medication and the treatment of horses.

Duncan wrote that in declaring HISA unconstitutional, “we do not question Congress’s judgment about problems in the horseracing industry. That political call falls outside our lane.”

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, hailed the ruling on Twitter, calling HISA a “federal takeover of Louisiana horse racing.”

Fractional interest in Flightline sells for $4.6 million

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — Keeneland says a 2.5% fractional interest in Breeders’ Cup Classic champion Flightline has sold for $4.6 million during a special auction before the start of its November Breeding Stock Sale.

Brookdale Farm’s Freddy Seitz signed the ticket for an undisclosed client, the track announced in a release. The sale comes a day after ownership of the 4-year-old son of Tapit retired the unbeaten colt following his record 8\-length victory in Saturday’s $6 million, Grade 1 Classic at Keeneland. Flightline likely locked up Horse of the Year honors with his fourth Grade 1 victory in six starts by a combined victory margin of 71 lengths – dominance that has drawn comparisons to legendary Triple Crown champion Secretariat.

Flightline will begin his breeding career next year at Lane’s End Farms in Versailles, Kentucky, but a stud fee has yet to be determined. West Point Thoroughbreds, part of the bay colt’s ownership, offered the fractional interest. Seitz said the buyer wanted to “make a big splash” and get more involved in the business.

“With a special horse like (Flightline) all you can do is get involved and then just hope for the best,” Seitz said in the release.

“There has never been a horse that has done what he has done for however many years, back to Secretariat. You just have to pay up and get involved, and this is kind of what he’s thinking.”