Breeders’ Cup, NBC Sports Announce Challenge Series TV Schedule

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The Breeders’ Cup World Championships returns to Churchill Downs for the first time since 2011 on Nov. 2-3. (Eclipse Sportswire)

The Breeders’ Cup and NBC Sports Group today announced their television schedule for the 2018 Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series: Win and You’re In, Presented by America’s Best Racing broadcasts. The 11 live television programs will show more than 20 automatic qualifying races for the 2018 Breeders’ Cup World Championships along with other major stakes races from seven of the nation’s premier racetracks.

Now in its fifth year on NBC and NBCSN, the series showcases the top Thoroughbred racehorses in North America as they vie for a coveted spot in the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs on Nov. 2-3, which will also be televised live by NBC Sports Group.

The 2018 “Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series: Win and You’re In, Presented by America’s Best Racing” begins June 9 at Belmont Park on the Belmont Stakes undercard, where NBC Sports will televise the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap, the Grade 1 Ogden Phipps Stakes, and the Grade 2 Jaipur Invitational Stakes. The series continues on through the summer and early fall from venues such as Churchill Downs, Monmouth Park, Saratoga Race Course, Arlington Park, Santa Anita Park, and Keeneland Race Course.

The Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series will also be live streamed on and the NBC Sports App. The complete Challenge Series television schedule can be viewed below and is also accessible here.

In addition to the domestic schedule, NBC Sports Group will also televise and live stream four Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win and You’re In” races from the prestigious Royal Ascot meeting in Great Britain on June 19-23.

“We are proud to work with NBC Sports to provide our fans with outstanding racing action and in-depth analysis of the best Thoroughbreds competing for automatic berths into the World Championships,” said Craig Fravel, Breeders’ Cup President and CEO. “We also greatly appreciate the cooperation and support from the tracks hosting our Challenge Races and the commitment from our presenting sponsor, America’s Best Racing.”

“The Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series gives our viewers the crucial opportunity to see the world’s top horses throughout the summer before they meet at the Breeders’ Cup World Championships in November,” said Jon Miller, President of Programming, NBC Sports Group. “We’re excited to once again bring the series to viewers nationwide.”

New this year, Breeders’ Cup is providing an “Add to Calendar” feature that allows fans to easily add the complete Breeders’ Cup Challenge and Championships NBC Sports television schedule to their calendar. The calendar will automatically provide broadcast reminders including tune-in information and NBC and NBCSN channel numbers specific to fans’ locations and cable providers. Click here for more information and to add to your calendar.

The complete 2018 Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series schedule will be released on Wednesday, April 11.

"Breeders' Cup Challenge Series: Win and You're In, Presented by America's Best Racing" 2018 Schedule





June 9

Metropolitan H., Ogden Phipps S., Jaipur S.

3 p.m.-5 p.m.


June 16

Stephen Foster H., Fleur de Lis S.

8:30 p.m.-10 p.m.


July 7

Belmont Oaks*, Belmont Sprint Championshp S., Suburban H.*

4:30 p.m.-6 p.m.


July 29 Haskell Invitational S.

5 p.m.-6 p.m.


Aug. 4

Whitney S., Test S.*

5 p.m.-6 p.m.


Aug. 11

Arlington Million S., Beverly D. S.

6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.


Aug. 25

Travers S.*, Sword Dancer S., TBD "Win and You're In" stakes race

4 p.m.-6 p.m.


Sept. 1

Woodward S.*, Spinaway S.

5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.


Sept. 29

Awesome Again S., TBD "Win and You're In" stakes race

7 p.m.-9 p.m.


Oct. 6

Claiborne Breeders' Futurity, Shadwell Mile S., TBD "Win and You're In" stakes race

4:30 p.m.-6 p.m.


Oct. 7

Dixiana Bourbon S., Juddmonte Spinster S., TBD "Win and You're In" stakes race

4:30 p.m.-6 p.m.


 Note: All times listed are Eastern

* - denotes non-Breeders' Cup Challenge race

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