Where to Watch/Listen: Horse Racing Coverage for June 25-28
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Courtesy of Christina Moore of America's Best Racing
The horse racing world like all other areas of society continues to make changes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and public health crisis. Most racetracks currently operating are doing so without spectators, and have instituted strict safety screening protocols for essential employees who are already on the grounds to provide daily care for horses. Charities are ramping up services to help track workers during these hard times, including the Race Track Chaplaincy, New York Division, while many other organizations including the Jockey Club Safety Net Foundation are redirecting resources to support medical efforts to combat the spread of the virus and support backstretch workers. (All proceeds from the Old Smoke T-shirt on sale below will go to the TJC Safety Net Foundation.)
Churchill Downs takes center stage on Saturday, June 27, with two Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series “Win and You’re In” qualifying races. The Stephen Foster Stakes offers an expenses-paid berth to the Nov. 7 Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic to the race winner, and the winner of the Fleur de Lis Stakes is granted a spot in the starting gate of the Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff on the same day during the 37th World Championships at Keeneland.
NBC Sports will show the Stephen Foster Stakes and the Fleur de Lis Stakes during a broadcast Saturday, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. ET on NBC.
Racing at Belmont Park and Churchill Downs will be featured on Fox Sports show "America’s Day at the Races," running from Thursday, June 25 to Sunday, June 28. Air times for "America's Day at the Races" are on either FS1 or FS2 according to the schedule below. The show will 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.
On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, NBCSN continues its simulcast of TVG's “Trackside Live," which shows live racing from Santa Anita Park and other tracks – check the schedule below for air dates and times. "Trackside Live" will also air on its home network, and TVG will show live racing from tracks around the country as per usual starting earlier each day as part of its package.
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 SB Nation Radio. Subscribe to "The Winner's Circle" on Apple Podcasts to listen to archived episodes.
Guests for the June 27 "Winner's Circle" podcast will be announced soon.
America’s Best Racing also hosts its “Thursday Night Live” show this week, beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET June 25 on ABR’s Facebook and YouTube channels
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
- September 27, 2021
Two tickets to the Breeders’ Cup: Future Stars Friday program on November 5th at Del Mar went up for grabs at Newmarket over the weekend.
- September 25, 2021
Royal Patronage Scores in Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes and Earns Automatic Berth into Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf
Highclere Thoroughbred Racing’s Royal Patronage (FR) landed a thrilling Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes (G2) at Newmarket, securing his guaranteed start in the US$1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf.
- September 24, 2021
This is the fourth of eight weekly news releases focusing on the horses and races leading to the 38th Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Friday, Nov. 5 and Saturday, Nov. 6 at Del Mar.