It's the "World Cup" of thoroughbred racing - as top horses from around the globe meet to compete in the Breeders' Cup World Championship.
Below, check out - when available - the 2023 Breeders' Cup TV schedule on NBC, along with odds and post positions when they are announced in October, plus a bit of history and trivia about one of the most-anticipated horse races of the year.
The landmark 40th edition of the Breeders' Cup World Championships takes place on Friday, November 3 and Saturday, November 4, 2023 when the race returns to Santa Anita Park in Acada, California for a record 11th time.
Tickets for the 2023 Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita are on sale at BreedersCup.com/Tickets.
New this year? For the first time ever, the Breeders' Cup Classic race will not be the big Saturday night finale it has been in the past, but will air early this year due to NBC's Saturday night college football schedule.
2023 Breeders' Cup TV schedule
The two days of championship events will be televised live on NBC, Peacock, USA Network, and FanDuel TV.
On Friday, November 3rd, USA Network and FanDuel TV will both televise the first day of this year’s World Championships. USA Network coverage will take place from 4-8 p.m. ET and will include one undercard race and all five Breeders’ Cup races, concluding with the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf at 7:40 p.m. ET.
On Saturday, November 4th, USA Network continues its coverage from 1:30-3:30 p.m. ET, followed by an extended 3 1/2 hours of live programming on NBC and Peacock from 3:30-7 p.m. ET concluding their coverage with the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic.
Post time for the Breeders’ Cup Classic, Race #9, will be 6:40 p.m. ET, marking the first time that the Breeders' Cup Classic will run earlier than usual, due to NBC Saturday night college football coverage immediately following.
Meanwhile, keep it here for the complete official TV schedule when it is announced in late October.
2023 Breeders' Cup Classic contenders
Still weeks until the big race, Arcangelo - winner of this year's Belmont Stakes - remains the top contender for the 2023 Breeders' Cup Classic, followed by two Pacific Classic top finishers Arabian Knight and Geaux Rocket Ride.
Other top favorites include Kentucky Derby winner Mage, second place Belmont finisher Forte, and Dubai World Cup winner Ushba Tesoro.
2023 Breeders' Cup Classic post positions
Watch for the Breeders' Cup post positions and morning line odds to be announced on October 25, 2023,
Horse & Post Position
Morning Line Odds
Located at the base of the San Gabriel mountains, Santa Anita plays host to the 2023 Breeders' Cup..
The Breeders' Cup World Championships caps the annual racing season with the richest races in the sport, honoring the fastest sprinters, most promising two-year-olds, and the best turf horses.
The very best of the best eventually compete in the final race for the ultimate
in prestige and the richest purse in horse racing: the $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic.
In keeping with its star status as the ultimate in thoroughbred horse racing, the very first Breeders Cup took place at Hollywood Park in 1984. Almost immediately, the race took on the glamour of the Oscar
Awards, giving the sport a high-profile to become the hottest ticket in horse racing.
The Breeders' Cup Classic is open to horses of both sexes as are the Spring, the Mile and Turf races. The remaining four are the Juvenile, the Juvenile Fillies, Distaff and the Filly & Mare Turf for
females ages three and up.
Whichever the groups of horses are in contention, it's certain that national pride is on the line each time. Intense rivalry develops in almost each successive race among owners and trainers, primarily from the U.S., England, Ireland, France, Germany, and Japan over who will claim the best horse in competition.
DID YOU KNOW? Breeders' Cup trivia & fun facts
Girl power: Zenyatta
• 36 winners have started from gate No. 4, the luckiest post position in Breeders’ Cup history.
• Zenyatta is the only female horse ever to win the Breeders’ Cup Classic.
• Arcangues, who ran at 133-1 odds in the 1993 Breeders' Cup Classic, scored the biggest upset in Breeders' Cup history earning $269.20 on a $2 win bet.
• A record $2,687,611.20 was the payout on the winning Pick 6 ticket for the 2003 Breeders’ Cup.
• The prize money that will be awarded to the owners of this year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic winner is more than $3 million, from a total purse of $6 million.
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