09/13/2009 11:00PM

TV lineup set for Cup prep races


Zenyatta's attempt to run her record to 13 wins without a loss in the Oct. 10 Lady's Secret Stakes at Santa Anita Park will be televised live on either ESPN or ESPN Classic as part of live television coverage of preps for the Breeders' Cup, the network and Breeders' Cup announced on Monday.

The Lady's Secret will be broadcast live at 7:20 p.m. Eastern on Oct. 10 on ESPN if Zenyatta is scheduled to run in the race and is still undefeated. Her connections have announced the Lady's Secret as her next intended start.

If Zenyatta does not start or is not still undefeated, then the Goodwood Stakes will be moved into the 7:20 slot, and the Lady's Secret will remain scheduled for 6:45. Mine That Bird, the Kentucky Derby winner, is pointing for the Goodwood as his final prep for the Breeders' Cup Classic.

The 7:20 race will air live as part of ESPN's College Football Scoreboard Show, according to the announcement. The 6:45 race will air live as part of a two-hour broadcast on ESPN Classic that also includes coverage of the Turf Mile Stakes and Breeders' Futurity from Keeneland.

The Oct. 10 broadcasts will be the first five of 11 stakes races scheduled to be televised over a period of eight days. On Oct. 11, the Spinster Stakes and Bourbon Turf Stakes at Keeneland will be televised live on ESPN between 5 and 6 p.m. Eastern. On Oct. 17, a tape-delay broadcast of the Champion Stakes at Newmarket in England will begin a two-hour show on ESPN2 that includes live coverage of the Nearctic Stakes, E.P. Taylor Stakes, and the Canadian International from Woodbine.