Breeders’ Cup announced Friday expanded plans for broadcast coverage of the 2021 Breeders’ Cup World Championships in the U.K. and Ireland, with ITV, Sky Sports Racing and Racing TV all set to deliver live television and digital broadcast coverage from the event to be held at Del Mar racetrack in Del Mar, Calif. Nov. 5 and 6, 2021.
“The Breeders’ Cup World Championships is a truly international event and fans around the world deserve increased access to and in-depth coverage of the world’s most talented horses, jockeys, and trainers,” said Breeders’ Cup President and CEO Drew Fleming. “ITV, Racing TV and Sky Sports Racing are wonderful partners and we look forward to working with them to expand coverage of this world-class event for racing fans in the U.K and Ireland.”
Breeders’ Cup will enjoy unprecedented exposure from ITV, which is the biggest commercial broadcast network in the U.K. and the home of terrestrial horseracing. ITV have held the terrestrial horseracing rights since 2017 and during that time have effectively doubled the racing audience in the U.K., winning a BAFTA in their first year of broadcasting.
ITV will have an on-site presentation and production team at the 2021 Breeders’ Cup and will show all 14 Championship races, with the Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf and Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic being showcased on the main channel and every other race on ITV4.
Niall Sloane, Director…