Mike Tirico will host NBC's prime-time coverage of the 2016 Breeders' Cup for the first time. The races from Santa Anita in Arcadia, California on Nov. 5 will be his first career horse racing assignment. ''What a great event and venue for my maiden voyage with our incredibly talented horse racing team,'' Tirico said.
Roca Rojo drew off to a 3 1/4-length victory Sunday in the $200,000 Athenia Stakes for fillies and mares on the turf at Belmont Park. The 4-year-old from Ireland trained by Chad Brown and ridden by Javier Castellano kicked home from sixth at the top of the stretch to secure her first stakes victory. It was her fifth win in six career starts, improving her Belmont record to 3 for 3.