Breeders’ Cup, one of Thoroughbred horse racing’s most prestigious international events, today premieres the pilot episode of its first-ever digital docuseries. Titled “ALL IN: The Road to the Classic,” the series offers an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the competitive world of Thoroughbred horse racing, following owners, trainers, breeders, and horses on their journey to the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, one of the most anticipated and prestigious races of the year. Executive produced by celebrity chef and Thoroughbred owner and breeder Bobby Flay and his Rock Shrimp Productions co-founder Kim Martin, Hennegan Brothers Creative, and Shelley Schulze, ALL IN will be comprised of seven episodes available for viewing on the show’s Facebook Watch page.
Debuting today at noon ET, the first episode will chronicle the personal stories of key players in the 2018 Stephen Foster Handicap, the first North American “Win and You’re In” Challenge Series race for the Breeders’ Cup Classic. The pilot includes intimate interviews with both industry giants and promising newcomers – including Ken Ramsey, owner of Backyard Heaven; Brandon Walsh, trainer of Honorable Duty; Wesley Hawley, owner and trainer of Hawaakom; and Doug O’Neill, trainer of Pavel – and spotlights the successes, challenges, and race day rituals of these interesting personalities.
“The world of Thoroughbred horse racing is infinitely fascinating and we are proud to offer a new way for our fans to learn more about their favorite horses, and the teams behind them, through this new docuseries,” said Craig Fravel, President and CEO of Breeders’ Cup. “Beyond offering a view into the excitement and intrigue of Thoroughbred horse racing, ‘ALL IN’ also represents a bold step for Breeders’ Cup as we enter the realm of original content and communicate with our fans, and hopefully attract new ones, through forward-thinking platforms.”
Following the debut of Episode 1 today, subsequent episodes will be rolled out in the coming days on Facebook Watch and YouTube. Fans are encouraged to follow “ALL IN: The Road to the Classic” at www.facebook.com/RoadToTheClassic/ on Facebook Watch and subscribe to the official Breeders’ Cup YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/user/BCWorldChampionships now to receive notifications when new episodes and additional digital content are released.