2012 Breeders' Cup race schedule - NBC Sports

2012 Breeders' Cup race schedule
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October 24, 2012, 4:10 pm

NBC and the NBC Sports Network will have live coverage of the entire 2012 Breeders' Cup World Championships, including its signature race, the Breeders' Cup Classic, on Nov. 2-3 at Santa Anita Park. See below for a full race schedule, details, and broadcast information.

Friday, Nov. 2
TV: NBC Sports Network
Time: 4 - 8 p.m. ET

Juvenile Sprint
Post Time: 4:06 p.m. ET
Purse: $500,000
Distance: 6 furlongs
Age: 2

The newest of the Breeders' Cup races, the Juvenile Sprint is for 2-year-old horses running three quarters of a mile around one turn. The race features horses who have demonstrated a special talent for running short distances early in their careers.

Marathon
Post Time: 4:48 p.m. ET
Purse: $500,000
Distance: 1 3/4 miles
Age: 3+

The Marathon is the longest of all Breeders' Cup races. It is a 1 3/4 miles test of endurance around three turns on the main track for horses 3-years-old and older.

Juvenile Fillies Turf
Post Time: 5:28 p.m. ET
Purse: $1,000,000
Distance: 1 mile
Age: 2

The Juvenile Fillies Turf brings together the best 2-year-old female turf horses from North America and overseas for a 1 mile test on the grass course.

Grey Goose Juvenile Fillies
Post Time: 6:08 p.m. ET
Purse: $2,000,000
Distance: 1 1/16 miles
Age: 2

In Thoroughbred racing, a Juvenile race is one restricted to 2-year-old horses. The Juvenile Fillies is restricted to 2-year-old females. It is run at 1 1/16 miles, a little more than the circumference of the racetrack. In nearly all cases over the years, the winner of the Juvenile Fillies has been named the Champion of all 2-year-old females.

Filly & Mare Turf
Post Time: 6:48 p.m. ET
Purse: $2,000,000
Distance: 1 1/4 miles
Age: 3+

Some of the world's best female grass horses compete in this 1 1/4 mile race on the Santa Anita Turf Course for a $2 million purse.

Ladies' Classic
Post Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Purse: $2,000,000
Distance: 1 1/8 miles
Age: 3+

The Ladies' Classic brings together the best female dirt horses for a championship showdown at 1 1/8 miles on the main track. This race was won by the great Zenyatta at Santa Anita in 2009.

Saturday, Nov. 3
TV: NBC Sports Network; NBC
Time: 3:30 - 8 p.m. ET (NBCSN); 8-9 p.m. ET (NBC)

Juvenile Turf
Post Time: 2:50 p.m. ET
Purse: $1,000,000
Distance: 1 miles
Age: 2

Run at 1 mile on the grass course, the Juvenile Turf, restricted to male 2-year-olds, is often a forecast for the top turf horses of the future.

Filly & Mare Sprint
Post Time: 3:35 p.m. ET
Purse: $1,000,000
Distance: 7 furlongs
Age: 3+

The Filly & Mare Sprint is run around one turn at 7 furlongs (about 1,500 yards) for the fastest females, 3-years-old and older.

Dirt Mile
Post Time: 4:14 p.m. ET
Purse: $1,000,000
Distance: 1 mile
Age: 3+

The Dirt Mile is a race for 3-year-olds and older and is run around two turns of the main track at Santa Anita Park.

Turf Sprint
Post Time: 4:57 p.m. ET
Purse: $1,000,000
Distance: 6.5 furlongs
Age: 3+

The Turf Sprint is a fast and furious charge across the downhill turf course and into the homestretch at Santa Anita Park. Run at approximately 1400 yards (6.5 furlongs) for horses 3-years of age and older, this race combines both speed and agility for the international competitors.

Grey Goose Juvenile
Post Time: 5:36 p.m. ET
Purse: $2,000,000
Distance: 1 1/16 miles
Age: 2

At $2 million, the Breeders' Cup Juvenile is the richest 2-year-old race in North America. The 1 1/16 mile race, restricted to male 2 year-olds, is often a preview of the stars of the Triple Crown races for the following year.

Turf
Post Time: 6:18 p.m. ET
Purse: $3,000,000
Distance: 1 1/2 miles
Age: 3+

The Breeders' Cup Turf is run at 1 1/2 miles on the grass course, for horses 3-years-old and older. The race attracts the top grass talent from Europe and North America to compete for a $3 million purse.

Xpressbet Sprint
Post Time: 6:58 p.m. ET
Purse: $1,500,000
Distance: 6 furlongs
Age: 3+

The world's fastest Thoroughbreds compete in the Sprint, sometimes achieving speeds nearing 40 M.P.H. in the stretch. This race is contested at three- quarters of a mile for male and female horses, 3-years-old and older.

Mile
Post Time: 7:40 p.m. ET
Purse: $2,000,000
Distance: 1 mile
Age: 3+

The world's best grass milers compete in this race around two turns of the Santa Anita turf course for horses 3-years-old and older.

Breeders' Cup Classic
Post Time: 8:30 p.m. ET (on NBC)
Purse: $5,000,000
Distance: 1 1/4 miles
Age: 3+

Every sport has a definitive year-ending event to crown its champions. In Thoroughbred racing, the Breeders' Cup World Championships is the culmination of the horse racing season worldwide and the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic is the defining event of the international racing season.

Now set for its 29th running on November 3, the Breeders' Cup Classic, run at 1 1/4 miles, draws the top international Thoroughbreds year after year. With its $5 million purse, the Classic is the richest race in all of North America. It is open to horses 3-years-old and older and is limited to 14 starters. Six of this year's starters will gain automatic entries into the race by qualifying through Breeders' Cup Challenge series.

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