Where to Watch/Listen: Horse Racing Coverage for Sept. 23-27
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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.)
The upcoming week is highlighted by the opening of Santa Anita Park's fall meet, which was delayed by a week due to wildfires in the region. The weekend's slate features seven three Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series “Win and You’re In” races. On Saturday, the card is headlined by the Awesome Again Stakes, a “Win and You’re In” prep for the Longines Breeders Cup Classic. Four other Challenge Series are also scheduled for Saturday: the American Pharoah Stakes (TVG Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Presented by Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance); Chandelier Stakes (Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies); Rodeo Drive Stakes (Maker’s Mark Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf); and Speakeasy Stakes (Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint). Two more “Win and You’re In” preps are carded on Sunday: the Zenyatta Stakes (Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff) and Santa Anita Sprint Championship (Breeders’ Cup Sprint).
TVG is the go-to network for comprehensive coverage of racing at Santa Anita Park, starting on opening day, Friday, Sept. 25.
Racing from Belmont Park and Churchill Downs continues on “America’s Day at the Races." The NYRA-produced show runs Wednesday through Sunday on either FS1 or FS2. Check the schedule below for air times. The shows 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. The weekend’s coverage on "America's Day at the Races" is highlighted by Saturday’s Vosburgh Stakes at Belmont, a “Win and You’re In” qualifier for the Breeders’ Cup Sprint.
This week's live streaming coverage is highlighted by America's Best Racing's "Breeders' Cup Live" show on Saturday, Sept. 26 at 4:30 p.m. ET. Dan Tordjman, Bram Weinstein and Ren Carothers will discuss the Challenge Series races from Santa Anita Park and other Breeders’ Cup developments. The show is is streamed on ABR’s Facebook Live, Twitter, and YouTube channels and also on Breeders' Cup Facebook Live, Twitter and YouTube channels.
On Saturday Sept. 26, ABR presents a special "Woodbine Live" show focusing on standardbred racing at the track's Mohawk meet. The live streaming show will be hosted by Ashley Mailloux and Robert Reid Jr. and cover the Mohawk Million Standardbred race, with a starting time of approximately 9:30 p.m. ET. It will be streamed on ABR's Facebook Live, Twitter, and YouTube channels.
Lastly, ABR presents a special “Breeders’ Cup Live: Grande Premio Brasil” at 5 p.m. ET on Sunday, Sept. 27, focusing on the Grande Premio Brasil at Gavea Racecourse, which is a South American “Win and You’re In” qualifier for the Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf. The show will be presented en Espanol and be hosted by Emanuel Aguilar, Claudia Spadaro, Roberto Rodriguez, and Darwin Vizcaya. “Breeders’ Cup Live: Grande Premio Brasil” is presented in partnership with DRF en Espanol and will be streamed on ABR’s Facebook Live, Twitter, and YouTube channels and also on Breeders’ Cup Facebook Live, Twitter, and YouTube channels.
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 Sept. 26 "Winner's Circle" guests are jockey Umberto Rispoli, who recently finished second in both wins and earnings during Del Mar's summer meet, and jockey agent Pram Seebah, who represents young Woodbine-based rider Daisuke Fukumoto, winner of the Sept. 12 Queen's Plate.
Here’s a rundown of television, radio, and live streaming coverage for the upcoming weekend.
Note: All times listed are Eastern
Note: All times listed are Eastern
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