After the original evening debut on Sept. 21 -- in which the original NBC Sports Breeders' Cup shows will be broadcast in their entirety -- HRTV will air two Breeders' Cup shows every Monday and Tuesday. These airings will lead into this year's two-day extravaganza, which is slated for Friday, Nov. 6, and Saturday, Nov. 7 from Santa Anita Park.
The opening Monday "evening" edition which recap the 2005 edition of the Breeders' Cup at Belmont. That year was highlighted by Saint Liam's win in the Classic, the culmination of his Horse of the Year campaign. The following day -- Tuesday, Sept. 22 -- will highlight the 2004 (morning) and 2003 (evening) Cups from Lone Star Park and Santa Anita Park, respectively. The 2004 edition featured Horse of the Year Ghostzapper, along with champions Ouija Board, Ashado, Speightstown and Sweet Catomine. The 2003 renewal is remembered for the dead heat with High Chapparal and Johar in the Turf, the only dead heat in Breeders Cup history.
The shows will continue in descending year order, and conclude on Monday, Nov. 2, with the inaugural 1984 Breeders' Cup from Hollywood Park, aired at both viewings. The exception will be on Monday, Oct. 12, when special Columbus Day holiday racing will pre-empt both shows.
"I've been fortunate to work all 25 Breeders' Cups, the last 23 as a member of the production crew," said Amy J. Zimmerman, HRTV's executive producer. "Breeders' Cup memories are not confined to the two minutes between the gate break and the finish line. It's the interviews, features, and excitement of the event. We are honored to present all of that to our viewers as momentum builds towards this year's Breeders' Cup championship days."
HRTV also produces the weekly series, "Pursuit of the Cup," which previews the top Breeders' Cup contenders in each division. "Pursuit of the Cup" airs each Thursday at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.