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


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, 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 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 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

Arabian Knight off Kentucky Derby trail; will return later

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Arabian Knight is off the Kentucky Derby trail.

Wagering has been suspended on the 3-year-old colt for the Derby’s future wager after owner Amr Zedan announced the decision. Arabian Knight was the second choice on the morning line behind favorite Forte for the May 6 race.

“Trainer Tim Yakteen wasn’t happy with his last work & we feel it’s in Arabian Knight’s best interest not to rush & allow him more time to develop,” Zedan tweeted. “We know he’s a superior talent & our plan is to point him toward a summer and fall campaign.”

Purchased for $2.3 million as a 2-year-old, Arabian Knight won his debut by 7 1/4 lengths at Keeneland last November. He made his 3-year-old debut in the Southwest at Oaklawn in January and won by 5 1/2 lengths.

Arabian Knight had his third workout at Santa Anita.

Tapit Trice wins Tampa Bay Derby, earns Kentucky Derby points

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TAMPA, Fla. — Tapit Trice rallied from last to win the $360,000 Tampa Bay Derby by two lengths and earn qualifying points for the Kentucky Derby.

Ridden by Luis Saez, Tapit Trice ran 1 1/16 miles 1:43.37. The 1-2 favorite in the field of 12 paid $3 to win. The 3-year-old colt earned 50 qualifying points, which places him in the 20-horse field for the Kentucky Derby on May 6.

Hall of Fame trainer Todd Pletcher extended his record for most wins in the Grade 3 race to six. He already has the early Kentucky Derby favorite in Forte, who won the Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream last weekend.

Classic Car Wash was second and Classic Legacy was another 1 1/4 lengths back in third.

Tapit Trice was making his stakes debut after winning two of three starts.

“Once he got clear down the lane, he really extended himself,” Pletcher said. ”I loved the way he finished up. He relished the two turns, and the longer he goes, the better he’ll get.”