Where to Watch/Listen During 2020 Pacific Classic Week
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Three Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series “Win and You’re In” races are on tap for Aug. 22, anchoring racecards at Saratoga and Del Mar. The TVG Pacific Classic at Del Mar is an automatic qualifier for the Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic, while the Del Mar Handicap Presented by Japan Racing Association offers a fees-paid entry to the Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf. At Saratoga, the Fourstardave Handicap is a “Win and You’re In” qualifier for the TVG Breeders’ Cup Mile.
The Pacific Classic and Del Mar Handicap will both be televised live on TVG as part of their comprehensive coverage of racing at Del Mar. TVG’s team including Todd Schrupp, Simon Bray, and Britney Eurton will be on site at picturesque Del Mar for previews, interviews, analysis, and all post-race coverage. Post time for the Pacific Classic is set for 9:30 p.m. ET, and the Del Mar Handicap at 8 p.m.
The Fourstardave will be shown on NYRA's “Saratoga Live” telecast on FS2. “Saratoga Live” will be shown on either FS1 and FS2 from Wednesday to Sunday and also air on MSG+ and on regional Fox outlets Prime Ticket and Fox Sports San Diego – check NYRA’s website for those dates and times.
Live streaming programs presented by America's Best Racing are in full swing this upcoming week. To start, on Tuesday, Aug. 18, America’s Best Racing presents a special Twitter show with Saratoga-based jockey Reylu Gutierrez. Gutierrez, who appears in a popular ABR video series documenting his experiences as a young jockey, will be on hand for an “Ask Me Anything” Q&A with fans on Twitter starting at 2 p.m. ET.
On Thursday evening, America’s Best Racing continues its live-streaming program in partnership with Woodbine focusing on Thoroughbred and Standardbred racing at the Ontario track, a favorite venue for horseplayers. "Woodbine Live" is hosted by ABR’s Dan Tordjman along with Emily Gullikson and Robert Reid Jr. and will be shown on ABR’s Facebook Live, Twitter and YouTube pages. The live-streaming show coincides with Woodbine’s own "Racing Night Live" program, which is available for viewing on The Sports Network (TSN) in Canada and in the U.S. will be shown on ABR’s YouTube channel.
Also on Thursday, ABR presents "Betting After Dark" after the Woodbine programs. The show features gambling analysis from sports bettor Anita Marks and horse racing analyst Ashley Mailloux. Anita and Ashley will be taking a look at the action coming up on Saturday at Saratoga, Del Mar and other tracks. It will be livestreamed on ABR's Facebook Live and YouTube and on Anita's Twitter account starting at approximately 10:15 p.m. ET.
ABR's new streaming show broadcast in Spanish and English, "La Trifecta," continues on Fridays. The show features analysis from Claudia Spadaro, Darwin Vizcaya and Annise Montplaisir. It’s available on ABR’s Facebook Live, Twitter, and YouTube pages and on Annise's Twitter account.
On Saturday, ABR and Breeders' Cup present another installment of "Breeders' Cup Live." The show, hosted by Dan Tordjman, Ren Carothers, Bram Weinstein, and Ellis Starr, will present streaming coverage of Breeders' Cup Challenge Series action. Guests will include handicappers, analysts, jockeys and other racing personalities. "Breeders' Cup Live" streams on the Breeders' Cup World Championships Facebook Live, YouTube and Twitter pages and on ABR's Facebook Live, YouTube and Twitter pages. This Saturday's edition focuses on the Pacific Classic and other key races and is scheduled to start at 7:45 p.m. ET.
A don’t-miss highlight of this weekend’s radio coverage is "The Winner’s Circle," America’s Best Racing’s podcast presented by NYRA Bets. The show, hosted by Bram Weinstein, airs at 10 a.m. ET on Saturdays through Nov. 7 on Sports Map Radio. Subscribe to "The Winner's Circle" on Apple Podcasts to listen to archived episodes.
The Aug. 22 "Winner's Circle" guests are Jim Lawson, CEO of Woodbine Entertainment, and Jeff Chapman, VIP Player host at Santa Anita Park.
Here’s a rundown of television and radio coverage for the upcoming weekend.
Note: All times listed are Eastern
Note: All times listed are Eastern
- May 5, 2021
Four-Time Kentucky Derby Winning Jockey John Velazquez And Breeder Of Medina Spirit Gail Rice Join As Special Guests For Breeders’ Cup’s Cocktails & Conversation Live Stream
“Cocktails & Conversation,” the weekly virtual happy hour series, returns for the fifth episode of the season on Thursday (May 6) with special guests Hall of Fame jockey, John Velazquez, and the breeder of Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit, Gail Rice; hosted by Britney Eurton and Nick Luck of NBC Sports and joined by renowned mixologist and creator of Breeders’ Cup’s official cocktails Mark Tubridy.
- May 4, 2021
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- May 2, 2021
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