Combined 5½ Hours of Live Coverage on Oct. 30-31
LEXINGTON, Ky. (September 23, 2015) - WKYT is proud to announce its comprehensive coverage of this year’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Keeneland, including the exclusive live telecast of two Breeders’ Cup races on Saturday, October 31.
The Breeders’ Cup, Thoroughbred racing’s most prestigious international two-day event, consisting of 13 races and $26 million in purses and awards, will be held for the first time at historic Keeneland Race Course in Lexington.
WKYT’s CW Lexington will televise live five of the undercard races on the first day of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Friday, October 30 from noon-3 p.m. ET. On Saturday, CW Lexington will be on the air from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET, and will televise four races beginning with the $100,000 Perryville, for 3-year-olds at 6 furlongs, and the $100,000 Juvenile Dirt Sprint for 2-year-olds at 6 furlongs. CW Lexington will then televise the first two Breeders’ Cup World Championships races. Those races will be determined when the final race order for both days of the Championships is announced on October 22.
It is the first time in Breeders’ Cup history that a local television affiliate will broadcast Breeders’ Cup races in an original production.
In addition to the live telecasts Breeders’ Cup on Friday and Saturday, WKYT’s CW Lexington will provide comprehensive Keeneland and Breeders’ Cup programming beginning September 26 with “Keeneland Magazine”. The Keeneland Fall Meet opens Friday, October 2, and CW Lexington will televise “Today at Keeneland” at 10 p.m. on all race days. On Thursday, Prelude to the Cup Day at Keeneland, through Saturday, Oct. 29-31, the evening program will be titled “Today at the Breeders’ Cup.”
WKYT’s CW Lexington will be live at Keeneland for “Breakfast at the Breeders’ Cup” on Monday, October 26 through Wednesday, October 28 from 7-10 a.m. ET, featuring live workouts of Breeders’ Cup horses and interviews with key personalities participating in the Championships.
“We are excited and honored and to be partnering with Keeneland and the Breeders Cup to bring Kentuckians the sights and sounds of the one of a kind sporting weekend in the Bluegrass”, said Chris Mossman, Vice President and General Manager of WKYT-TV & CW Lexington. “With the importance of thoroughbred breeding and racing to central Kentucky and the excitement of this event’s first trip to Keeneland, we’re enthusiastic about providing live coverage to viewers throughout our viewing area.”
“We are delighted by the tremendous coverage from the Lexington media for this year’s Breeders’ Cup and greatly appreciate the commitment from WKYT to televise two of Saturday’s World Championships races to its viewers,” said Craig Fravel, Breeders’ Cup President and CEO.
“We thank WKYT for their unprecedented coverage of the Breeders’ Cup as well as their great support of Keeneland and racing year-round,” Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason said. “This is another example of the extraordinary excitement throughout this community for the Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland.”
WKYT Keeneland and Breeders’ Cup Programing Schedule
Saturday, September 26 11:30pm on WKYT
Thursday, October 1 10:30pm on CW Lexington
Today at Keeneland - Every day of the race meet
10:00pm ET CW Lexington
Today at the Breeders’ Cup - October 29
10-10:30pm ET CW Lexington
Today at the Breeders’ Cup October 30 & 31
10-11pm ET CW Lexington
Breakfast at the Breeders’ Cup October 26-27-28
7-10am ET CW Lexington LIVE from Keeneland
Championship Friday, October 30
Noon - 3pm ET CW Lexington LIVE from Keeneland
Championship Saturday, October 31
10:30am—1pm ET CW Lexington LIVE from Keeneland