2.08 Million View Breeders’ Cup Classic Telecast; Two-Day Wagering Totals Reported As All-Time High

Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Classic telecast on the NBC was seen by 2.08 million viewers, according to published reports. The one-hour prime-time network  telecast from 8-9 p.m. ET attracted 2.08 million viewers, earning a 0.3 rating and 2 share from The Nielsen Company. The rating was up from a 0.1 rating in 2018 when the Classic was on NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) and on par with ratings in 2016 and 2017 on NBC.

The highest Breeders’ Cup rating in the 21st Centurry was the 3.1 earned when Zenyatta was defeated by Blame under the lights at Churchill Downs in 2010. Four years ago, when American Pharoah won the 2015 Belmont Stakes to become racing’s first Triple Crown winner since 1978, more than 22 million tuned in to NBC.

Saturday night’s Breeders’ Cup telecast was the lowest rated of eight prime-time shows on the four major networks (ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC). The following evening’s Sunday night football telecast on NBC, featuring a highly anticipated matchup between the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens, attracted 22.6 million viewers.

Total wagering on the two-day world championships hit an all-time high, according to Daily Racing Form. It is customary for Breeders’ Cup officials to release wagering and attendance statistics at the conclusion of the event, but it has not issued any information since distributing a statement on the death of Mongolian Groom in the Breeders’ Cup Classic.

Daily Racing Form reported wagering of $152.5 million  on the 14 Breeders’ Cup races, an increase of 11.9% from 2018. Total wagering on the Friday and Saturday cards (including non-Breeders’ Cup races) was $174.6 million, also an all-time high, according to Daily Racing Form.

UPDATE: On Monday night, Breeders’ Cup released the following:

The Breeders’ Cup today announced common pool wagering totals and on-track attendance figures for the 2019 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, which took place at Santa Anita Park on Nov. 1-2.

Total handle for the two-day event was $174,000,574. Total common pool handle on Friday’s 10-race program was $56,517,228, and the total handle on Saturday’s 12-race program was $117,483,346.

Saturday’s on-track attendance at Santa Anita was 67,811, completing a two-day attendance total of 109,054. A total of 41,243 attended on Friday.

This year was the 10th time the Breeders’ Cup was held at Santa Anita Park. The 2020 Breeders’ Cup will be held at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky, and the 2021 event at Del Mar racetrack in Del Mar, California.

Breeders’ Cup Chairman Fred Hertrich III said, “Breeders’ Cup would like to thank the staff and management at Santa Anita Park and The Stronach Group for their hard work and support of the 2019 World Championships, along with Arcadia, Pasadena and the surrounding communities, our loyal fans around the world and, especially, the owners, breeders and nominators who make our event possible. Last, but certainly not least, Breeders’ Cup would like to recognize our Equine athletes, the horsemen and women, grooms, jockeys, trainers, veterinary teams, security personnel and all volunteers for their tireless efforts and dedication to our event.”

Breeders’ Cup Two-Day Attendance and Handle (common-pool) history:

Year Venue Two-Day Attendance Handle (common-pool)
2018 Churchill Downs 112,667 $157,445,842
2017 Del Mar 70,420 $166,077,486
2016 Santa Anita Park 118,484 $156,861,811
2015 Keeneland 94,652 $149,869,035
2014 Santa Anita Park 98,319 $151,158,813
2013 Santa Anita Park 94,628 $160,704,877
2012 Santa Anita Park 89,742 $144,272,332
2011 Churchill Downs 105,820 $161,512,867
2010 Churchill Downs 114,353 $173,857,697
2009 Santa Anita Park 96,496 $153,271,176
2008 Santa Anita Park 86,588 $155,740,328
2007 Monmouth Park 69,584 $129,197,262

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