37th Breeders’ Cup

Friday and Saturday at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky.

Keeneland hosts 14-race showcase

 

tv schedule

Friday, NBCSN (1 p.m.); Saturday, NBCSN (11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.) and Ch. 11 (1:30-4:30 p.m.)

The card

The $31 million world championships begin with Future Stars Friday: five races for 2-year-olds, headlined by the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. Older horses take the stage Saturday for nine races, ending with the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic.

More about the Classic

The Classic drew a field of 10, including Kentucky Derby winner Authentic, Belmont Stakes winner Tiz the Law and Maximum Security, who finished first in the 2019 Kentucky Derby but was disqualified. It nearly had all three Triple Crown race winners before filly and Preakness winner Swiss Skydiver opted to compete against her own gender in the $2 million Distaff. Authentic and Maximum Security are trained by Bob Baffert, as is Improbable — the 5-2 morning line favorite. Baffert will easily find his entries with all of them lined up alongside each other in the 8-9-10 spots.

Friday’s schedule

Juvenile Turf Sprint, 1:30 p.m.

Juvenile Fillies Turf, 2:10 p.m.

Juvenile Fillies, 2:50 p.m.

Juvenile Turf, 3:30 p.m.

Juvenile, 4:10 p.m.

Saturday’s schedule

Filly and Mare Sprint, 11:02 a.m.

Turf Sprint, 11:39 p.m.

Dirt Mile, 12:18 p.m.

Filly and Mare Turf, 12:57 p.m.

Sprint, 1:36 p.m.

Mile, 2:15 p.m.

Distaff, 2:54 p.m.

Turf, 3:33 p.m.

Classic, 4:13 p.m.

At Canterbury Park

The Shakopee track is offering advance wagering on the Breeders’ Cup beginning Thursday at noon. Fans can watch and wager at the track Friday (free admission) and Saturday ($5; reservations required at canterburypark.com). Walk-up wagering is available in the main lobby, with no ticket necessary.

Local connections

Bodenheimer (Juvenile Turf Sprint, 1:30 p.m. Friday) is the only Breeders’ Cup entrant to race at Canterbury Park. But several other horses have ties to Minnesota or Canterbury.

 

• Bell’s the One (Filly and Mare Sprint, 11:02 a.m. Saturday) is owned by Bob Lothenbach of Wayzata, whose stable topped the owner’s standings last summer at Canterbury Park. Factor This (Mile, 2:15 p.m. Saturday) is owned by brothers Brian and Tom Cutshall of Edina, and Starship Jubilee (Filly and Mare Turf, 12:57 p.m. Saturday) is owned by former Edina resident Bonnie Baskin.

• Two-time Canterbury training champion Robertino Diodoro has two entries in Friday’s $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, Dreamer’s Disease and Keepmeinmind. Amy’s Challenge, Canterbury’s horse of the year in 2017, will run in an undercard race Friday.

• For entries, results and more info: breederscup.com

Staff, wire reports