What is the Breeders’ Cup 2016 start time, and how can you watch the race live online?
The biggest race of the fall is set to begin on Saturday, giving California Chrome a chance to follow up the 2014 Kentucky Derby win and move to a perfect 7-0 for his career.
The Breeders’ Cup Classic has a post time of 8:35 p.m. ET, but the action starts just after 2:30 p.m with plenty of races to keep racing fans and bettors satisfied. The marquee race will be available on NBC and NBS Sports Network, but also on live streaming video for those looking to watch online (a link to the streaming video can be found below).
For many, the Breeders’ Cup will be another chance to watch California Chrome, one of the best-known horses in American racing with a lifetime winnings of $13.4 million. Most casual fans weren’t able to watch last year when California Chrome dominated the $10 million Dubai World Cup, and this will likely be his last race on the big stage. Trainer Art Sherman said the 5-year-old horse will be done after the $12 million Pegasus World Cup this January, Forbes noted.
“I’ve got a special suit that I wore when Chrome won the Dubai World Cup,” Sherman said. “I’m definitely going to wear it again Saturday.”
Sherman said this will also be a chance for California Chrome to avenge a very close loss in the 2014 Breeders’ Cup, where he finished third.
“In the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Classic, he only got beaten a neck, but he wasn’t at his best mentally,” Sherman said. “He shipped around a lot that year and went through the Triple Crown races. There’s such a difference between how he’s coming into this year’s Classic and then.
“Now he’s got his game face on when he gets to the paddock. He’s all business, he knows what he has to do. He brings his ‘A’ game. From my experience, though, I think horses are at their best when they’re 5 years old. Chrome is bigger and stronger than ever.”
There was already plenty of drama at the Breeders’ Cup on Friday, with Beholder winning the Distaff in a photo finish against Songbird.
“That was one of the great races in Breeders’ Cup history and neither horse deserved to lose,” the Guardian noted of the thrilling race.
“They have just flashed up the official photo finish on the big screen here, and it was greeted by gasps of astonishment from the stands. It really was nothing more than a flared nostril between Beholder and Songbird at the line, but it was enough to end the three-year-old’s winning streak at 11 races.”
For those looking to bet on the 2016 Breeders’ Cup, here are the post positions and betting odds as of Saturday morning. California Chrome is the far-and-away favorite, but Arrogate and Frosted are also seen as strong contenders.
1. Effinex (15-1)
2. Frosted (5-1)
3. Keen Ice (15-1)
4. California Chrome (1-1)
5. Win the Space (30-1)
6. Melatonin (12-1)
7. War Story (30-1)
8. Shaman Ghost (20-1)
9. Hoppertunity (15-1)
10. Arrogate (5-2)
But racing fans who watch the 2016 Breeders’ Cup live online won’t necessarily see a cake walk for California Chrome. Many handicappers see a competitive field, with New York Times noting that Frosted comes into Saturday’s race with a strong record.
Frosted (5-1) looked unstoppable in winning the Met Mile and the Whitney Stakes before putting in a desultory effort in the Woodward. This gray is a threat with his best.
Those who want to watch the 2016 Breeders’ Cup live online can find streaming video through NBC Sports Live. The day’s earlier races will also be streamed live on the Breeders’ Cup official Facebook page.
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