Horses and sunset: Scenic setting for Breeders Cup Classic in primetime

Will where this year’s Breeders Cup rank among the all-time best? Who knows?

However, one thing is for sure: It will be among the most scenic of all time.

The $5 million Breeders Cup Classic will air in the prime time tomorrow for the first time on NBC at 8 p.m. ET. The NBC Sports Network will have coverage of the earlier races, beginning at 4 p.m.

The later start means the Classic will occur just before sunset at Santa Anita Park in Los Angeles. Plenty of beauty shots, to be sure.

“It’s going to be a totally different setting in terms of the feel of it,” said producer Rob Hyland. “First of all, you have a beautiful setting with Santa Anita. Then you have the San Gabriel Mountains with the sun cascading down. It’s going to be very dramatic. The orange tones that present themselves on the mountains in the distance are going to be pretty spectacular.”

As for the primetime aspect, Hyland said the presentation won’t change.

“The overall production is not going to waver from how we cover the Triple Crown,” Hyland said. “It’s going to be an inviting telecast. It’ll be as welcoming to the novice viewer as possible. It follows our model for horse racing at NBC to try to generate new fans. We know the horse racing fans will be watching anyway. Regardless of what time it airs, we’re hoping to welcome the broadest audience possible.”


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