Saturday’s $500,000 Lukas Classic (Grade II) featuring Kentucky Derby (GI) winner Rich Strike and the $300,000 Ack Ack (GIII) at Churchill Downs have been added to the televised racing list live on NBC’s “Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series: Win and You’re In – presented by “America’s Best Racing” telecast, airing Saturdays from 4-6 p.m. (all times Eastern).
The Ack Ack for ages 3 and up, which is Race 9 with an updated timeout of 4:56 p.m., is a one-lap, one-lap “Win and You’re In” event. mile for this year’s $1 million Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (GI) to be held November 5th in Keeneland. Carter Handicap (GI) winner Speaker’s Corner is the even-money morning line favorite in the field of 10.
The 1 1/8 mile Lukas Classic for ages 3 and up, held in Race 10 at 5:26 p.m., is a stepping stone to the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic. Rich Strike, who scored a shocking 80-1 upset in the $3million Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve in May, will try to become the first Derby winner to return to Churchill Downs and win since Silver Charm. The 1997 Derby winner won the 1998 Clark Handicap (GII) under the Twin Spires after finishing second to Awesome Again in that year’s renewals of the Stephen Foster Handicap (GI) and the Breeders’ Cup Classic ( IM).
In addition to Rich Strike, the Lukas Classic features last year’s Kentucky Derby runner-up and 8-5 morning row favorite Hot Rod Charlie; Charles Town Classic (GII) award-winning art collector; and Grade I winner Happy Saver, who came within six lengths of America’s top horse Flightline in the Metropolitan Handicap (GI).
All other races from Churchill Downs on Saturday will be shown on FS2’s “America’s Day at the Races” from 12:30-4:30 p.m. and 6-6:30 p.m.
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Wagering is available at www.TwinSpires.com, the official ADW of Churchill Downs Incorporated and the Kentucky Derby.
Saturday’s live horse racing coverage on NBC and Peacock is headlined by Belmont’s $500,000 Champagne (GI) and $200,000 Miss Grillo (GII) at Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens, NY. two hours will also feature the $500,000 Woodward (GI) and $200,000 Belmont Turf Sprint (GIII).
The series leads into the 39th Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Keeneland Racetrack in Lexington, Ky., November 4-5.
NBC’s coverage will be led by host Ahmed Fareed, analysts Randy Moss and Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey, and reporters Britney Eurton and Nick Luck.
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