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The Week in Review: October 31, 2019
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2019
by: Valerie Mellema
Here's your weekly news update kicking off Breeders' Cup weekend!
Maxfield Scratched from Breeders' Cup Juvenile
Heading into Future Stars Friday, we only have two scratches reported at the moment. MAXFIELD was scratched after his workout on the 29th. Trainer Brendan Walsh stated he hopes it just an abscess, but something wasn't quite right coming out of his jog up. He is slated to fly back to Kentucky on November 2nd.
Landeskog Scratched from Breeders' Cup Sprint
LANDESKOG is the second scratch so far and will not be running in the Breeders' Cup Sprint. Trainer Doug O'Neill said he's not 100% and they will wait for another day.
Giant Expectations Flips at Santa Anita Chute
The past couple days at Santa Anita have been buzzing with excitement and anticipation as the runners put in their final works. The excitement at the chute got the best of GIANT EXPECTATIONS, who reared and flipped at the chute, tossing exercise rider Eddie Inda. Trainer Peter Eurton stated, "It could have been even worse than what did happen. My horse slammed to the ground and my exercise rider hit his head pretty hard." The horse recovered, Inda remounted and they went on with their morning workout.
How to Watch the Breeders' Cup on TV and Live Stream
NBC Sports Network will broadcast 12 of 14 Breeders' Cup races Friday and Saturday. The coverage will shift to NBC for the Breeders' Cup Classic. All times EST.
Live racing will begin at 4pm for Future Stars Friday on NBCSN, starting 12 minutes prior to the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint. All five 2 year-old-races will be aired.
On Saturday, the first race, the Filly & Mare Sprint, will be aired on TVG at 2:55 pm. Coverage will shift to NBCSN for the next seven races, starting at 3:33pm with the Turf Sprint.
NBC coverage will begin at 8 pm for the Breeders' Cup Classic, scheduled for 8:44 pm.
Here's a full breakdown of the television coverage per race:
4:12 Juvenile Turf Sprint on NBCSN
4:52 Juvenile Turf on NBCSN
5:32 Juvenile Fillies on NBCSN
6:12 Juvenile Fillies Turf on NBCSN
2:55 Fill & Mare Sprint on TVG
3:33 Turf Sprint on NBCSN
4:54 Filly & Mare Turf on NBCSN
Churchill Downs to Build Hotel, Stadium Seating and More
Churchill Downs announced Wednesday that they will be constructing permanent stadium seating, a hotel, and historical racing machine facilities at the first turn of the racetrack. They will also renovate Millionaires Row. The $300 million investment project is pending final approval of the Kentucky Tourism Development Incentive Act. The project would start in December 2019 with completion by the end of 2021.
The hotel will be seven stories with 156 rooms including trackside suites. All suites will offer private balconies and covered panoramic views of the entire track. There will be non-track facing rooms that will have access to a second story party deck facing the track. Additionally, a penthouse banquet room, a 27,000 square foot ballroom and meeting rooms will be included. There will also be exclusive Derby package offerings as well. The project promises to be a complete and exceptional Derby experience allowing guests to see everything from morning workouts to the actual race.
The historical racing facility will include 900 machines, a sports bar, VIP lounge and multiple year-round dining venues. It will also offer exclusive Derby Week hospitality access for 3400 guests in the existing Section 111.
The permanent covered stadium seating will seat 4700 guests and replace the current 3300 temporary grandstands. It will provide a view of the historic Kentucky Derby walkover and all-inclusive hospitality experience.
The renovation of Millionaires Row on the sixth floor will offer guests with upscale services for up to 350 guests with a prime view of the finish line. The project will include an exclusive menu, deluxe drink, and champagne packages as well as concierge service. Unique hospitality and interactive services will include an in-room handicapper to consult for wagering and premium and private bourbon tastings. The renovation will start following the fall meet and will be completed prior to the 2020 Kentucky Derby.
Have a great week!
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