2017 Breeders' Cup Challenge Series to televise additional races

Apr 12, 2017 9:20 AM

The Breeders' Cup and NBC Sports Group have announced the 2017 “Breeders' Cup Challenge Series: Win and You're In, presented by Lane's End Farm and America's Best Racing” will feature additional major televised races on the road to the 2017 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Del Mar near San Diego.

The television schedule now will consist of 11 live programs featuring 17 qualifying races and other major stakes on the road to the November 3-4 event, widely regarded as racing’s greatest day. The NBC Sports Group will provide extensive coverage of the 2017 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, as well.

This year's Breeders' Cup Challenge Series, now in its fourth year on NBC and NBCSN, has been enhanced by the addition of the Stephen Foster Handicap (G1) from Churchill Downs on June 17, the first U.S. “Win and You're In” for the $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic; the Arlington Million (G1) from Arlington International Racecourse in suburban Chicago on August 12, and the $1 million TVG Pacific Classic (G1) from Del Mar race track of San Diego on August 19.

Arrogate, currently rated No. 1 in the Longines World's Best Racehorse rankings is expected to contest the TVG Pacific Classic at Del Mar. The Bob Baffert trainee is the current defending Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) winner. The handsome gray son of the late stallion Unbridled’s Song is currently in light training since wins this year in the Pegasus World Cup (G1) in January and the Dubai World Cup (G1) last month. Although having only four stakes race wins, the large purses for these wins have made him the all-time leading money earner in North America.