In Lexington, Kentucky, at Keeneland Race Course on November 6 and 7, the year's most exciting series of horseraces will take place. This hugely important annual meet will occur in front of 8,800 empty seats. That's right. The Breeders' Cup organizers, working in concert with Kentucky racing authorities and Keeneland, determined that the risk of COVID-19 infection might still be so great that it could not risk allowing race fans to jam the park. Although, there has been some hinting from the locals that they may sell a small amount of tickets as Kentucky has eased up on some restrictions.
While the Breeders' Cup Championship Series may not have spectators on hand to cheer—and groan—as the horses make their way to the finish line, that doesn't mean any interested party has to miss a single race. Indeed, players and fans around the world may actually get a better view of the track, the ponies, and the racers than ever before because the 14 races will be covered by a variety of Internet and television networks.
The best-known outfit covering the series will be NBC, the same television network that covers the Triple Crown races. Alongside the venerable NBC is TVG, a network dedicated to horse racing and greyhound racing. RTN, or Racetrack Television Network, airs all horse racing everyday online. You can watch from your computer or Amazon Firestick or Roku device. While they will show the undercards, sometimes they are blacked out by major networks for the larger races. Regardless, for only $15 a month for all Thoroughbred racing around the world, it's a great way to keep up with horse racing everyday.
Also making the races available via streaming are Facebook and YouTube. In addition to these two iconic Internet services, those with smartphones have the opportunity to watch the races on their handheld devices by downloading the Breeders' Cup mobile app. That same app can be used online to watch workouts and all 14 of the streaming races.
What will be viewers be able to see? The action will begin on Friday, November 6 with five juvenile races: The TVG Juvenile, the Juvenile Turf, The Juvenile Fillies, The Juvenile Fillies Turf, and the Juvenile Turf Sprint. These races are all for two-year-old horses and are a great predictor of the quality racers we'll see in stakes races beginning in 2021.
On Saturday, November 7, there will be nine races: The Longines Classic, Longines Turf, Longines Distaff, Fanduel Mile, Sprint, Maker's Mark Filly & Mare Turf, Big Ass Fans Dirt Mile, Turf Sprint, and Filly & Mare Sprint.
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