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Mike Tirico to make horse racing debut as host of NBC’S primetime coverage of the 2016 Breeders’ Cup


October 29, 2016     E-mail this page to a friend!

(photo by NBC Sports Group)
NBC Sports Group’s Mike Tirico will host NBC’s primetime coverage of the 2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championships from Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. on Saturday, November 5, marking his first career horse racing assignment.

“What a great event and venue for my maiden voyage with our incredibly talented horse racing team,” Tirico said. “I look forward to working with them at one of the premiere events on the Thoroughbred calendar. I’ve always enjoyed watching the Breeders’ Cup cap the year and set the storylines for the following spring. Now I can’t wait to experience that in person for the first time.”

2014 Kentucky Derby and Preakness stakes winner California Chrome, who has six victories in six starts this year and has won more prize money than any North American horse ($13.4 million in career earnings), leads a star-studded field for the running of the 33rd Breeders’ Cup Classic live on Saturday, November 5, at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time on NBC.

Since joining NBC Sports Group in July, Tirico has served as a host of the 2016 Rio Olympics, Football Night in America, The Open, and The Ryder Cup, and handled play-by-play for Notre Dame Football.