Photo: Eclipse Sportswire - Sue Kawcynski
Retired Hall of Fame riding great Jerry Bailey, a member of the talent crew from NBCSN which is televising Saturday’s Gold Cup at Santa Anita live from 4 to 5 p.m., had this synopsis of the race:
“You’d have to talk to the riders; I’m not sure how it’s going to shake out, but I would have to think Fury Kapcori is going to be on the lead, but I’m not positive, because obviously Game On Dude is a lead horse as well.
“It should be a fast enough pace to set it up for either Clubhouse Ride or Imperative. He’s certainly gotten awful good of late.”
The Gold Cup is a Breeders’ Cup Challenge race with the winner receiving an automatic berth, and fees paid, into the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 1 at Santa Anita, the climactic race of the 31st Breeders’ Cup World Championships.
The Gold Cup will be the second of 11 live telecasts in the series, which will include 18 “Win and You’re In” races on NBC and NBCSN. The Gold Cup is also one of seven Grade I Challenge races for automatic berths into the Classic this year. Moonshine Mullin, winner of the Stephen Foster at Churchill Downs on June 14, was the first to qualify.
The next five televised Classic qualifiers are: William Hill Haskell at Monmouth Park July 27 (NBC); Whitney at Saratoga Aug. 2; TVG Pacific Classic (NBCSN) at Del Mar Aug. 24; and Jockey Club Gold Cup (NBCSN) at Belmont Park and Awesome Again (NBCSN) at Santa Anita Sept. 27.
The complete "Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series” television schedule is available at http://challenge.breederscup.com/schedule.
Saturday’s telecast will be hosted by Laffit Pincay, who will be joined by analysts Bailey and Randy Moss, and reporters Nick Luck, Carolyn Manno and Eddie Olczyk. Olczyk, lead analyst for NBC Sports Group’s hockey coverage and a veteran horse racing enthusiast, makes his on-air horse racing coverage debut on Saturday’s telecast.