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Breeders’, Tweeters and Horse Racing’s Leaders


ESPN's 2011 Breeders Cup production compound (or Paddock!) includes office trailers for operations and production personnel, three 24-hour edit suites, screening space, videotape library, media assets, IT, telcom support and more.

With all due respect to our GameDay crew in Tuscaloosa, their pigskin contest is strictly a two-horse race. That’s far from the case with ESPN’s and ABC’s weekend coverage of the 28th Breeders’ Cup World Championships which includes 15 races and the biggest names in the sport. Beginning with today’s Jimmy V “Don’t Give Up. . . Don’t Ever Give Up!”® race at 3:30 p.m. ET (ESPN3), this year’s Breeders’ Cup is chock full of possibility (full schedule here).

“Nothing against the other 363, but the two days of Breeders’ Cup are my favorites of the year,” said ESPN analyst Kenny Mayne. “The best horses in the world racing at every distance – anything can happen.

“We’ll also celebrate the fact we already know one winner in advance,” Mayne said. “That’s the V Foundation, the key beneficiary of the Breeders’ Cup. We’ll witness good things on the track and help do some good off it.”

In fact, the Breeders’ Cup is currently running the Tweeters’ Cup to benefit the V Foundation for Cancer Research, where participants can channel their inner Hank Goldberg and pick the winner of the Breeders’ Cup Classic (Saturday, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN and ESPN3) and be eligible for a VIP trip to next year’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park in Santa Anita, Calif.

For each vote received, Breeders’ Cup will donate $1 to The V Foundation for Cancer Research. Donations will be made up to $100,000.

More information on ESPN’s Breeders’ Cup coverage:
– To prepare for anything, ESPN’s cast of 200 people set up camp under their own set of lights at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. to bring the action to horseracing fans around the world.

– Races will be covered by 40 cameras, including three jibs, three high frame rate cameras (up to 5,000 frames per minute), two 150-foot camera cranes and six robotic cameras.

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