The Breeders’ Cup has announced its first-ever digital docuseries. Titled ‘ALL IN: The Road to the Classic, the seven-part series will debut on Facebook Watch on October 22 with subsequent episodes premiering over the following days. The docuseries will offer an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the competitive and career-making journeys of the owners, trainers, breeders and horses who strive to compete in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, which will take place on November 3 at Churchill Downs.
The official trailer for ALL IN is now available for viewing on the show’s Facebook Watch page at Facebook.com/RoadToTheClassic.
“While hundreds of horses start out the horse racing season each spring, only 14 can enter the starting gate at the Breeders’ Cup Classic. With ALL IN, we wanted to give fans a never-before-seen look at what it takes to make it to the starting gate and compete in one of the best races in the world, all from an entirely new perspective and on a different platform than what has been previously available,” said Craig Fravel, president and CEO of Breeders’ Cup.
“Along with our television partnership with NBC Sports and our growing digital and social media channels, ALL IN is yet another form of content we are creating for new and existing fans so that they can enjoy the sport in new and innovative ways. As the first step in a multi-year plan, we look forward to showcasing this docuseries and offering our fans additional content in the seasons to come.”
Executive produced by celebrity chef and Thoroughbred owner and breeder Bobby Flay and his Rock Shrimp Productions co-founder Kim Martin, along with Hennegan Brothers Creative and Shelly Schulze, the docuseries will usher viewers through the most pivotal moments of the 2018 season leading up to the Classic, including Justify’s retirement after his Triple Crown victory and major Classic division races such as the Haskell, Whitney and Travers.
“While the Breeders’ Cup is well known to many fans as the most exciting two days in horse racing, even the most passionate followers are not necessarily aware of everything that it takes to get to the Classic,” said Bobby Flay.
“Showcasing the personal stories of the fascinating characters involved is what makes ALL IN: The Road to the Classic such an interesting project to me, and I think will make it an engaging series for both longtime fans and newcomers to the sport alike.”
ALL IN will take viewers beyond the racetrack and behind the scenes into the personal narratives of both prominent industry figures, including Ken Ramsey and Barbara Banke, as well as newer contenders like Uriah St. Lewis, owner and trainer of Discreet Lover, and Chad Summers, part owner and trainer of Mind Your Biscuits.
ALL IN: The Road to the Classic will premiere on October 22 on Facebook Watch and will also be available on the Breeders’ Cup YouTube channel. Fans can Follow the ALL IN: The Road to the Classic show page on Facebook Watch now to be notified when new episodes are released.