Where to Watch/Listen Leading Up to Breeders' Cup Preps at Belmont and Santa Anita
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The Road to the 2019 Breeders’ Cup World Championships reaches its most active period over the next two weeks, as a slew of “Win and You’re In” qualifying prep races pepper the calendar, mainly at Belmont Park, Santa Anita Park, and Keeneland Race Course.
Belmont and Santa Anita hold the spotlight this upcoming weekend, with two preps at Belmont on Sept. 28 and five set for the Sept. 27-29 opening weekend at Santa Anita, the site of this year’s Breeders’ Cup on Nov. 1-2.
Two of Santa Anita’s Challenge Series races – the Awesome Again Stakes (a qualifier for the Breeders’ Cup Classic) and the Rodeo Drive Stakes (a qualifier for the Maker’s Mark Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf) – are scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 28, and will be televised by NBC Sports. The broadcast airs on NBCSN from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Eastern.
The three other “Win and You’re In” races held at Santa Anita – the American Pharoah Stakes (TVG Breeders’ Cup Juvenile) and Chandelier Stakes (Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies) on Friday, Sept. 27 and the Zenyatta Stakes (Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff) on Sunday, Sept. 29 – will be aired on TVG as part of their comprehensive horse racing coverage.
Belmont Park’s two Challenge Series races are scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 28: the Jockey Club Gold Cup (a qualifying prep for the Breeders’ Cup Classic) and the Vosburgh Stakes (a "Win and You're In" race for the Breeders’ Cup Sprint). Those two races will be broadcast live during NYRA’s “America’s Day at the Races” show airing nationally on FS2 and on various regional channels. “America’s Day at the Races,” presented by America's Best Racing, Runhappy, and Claiborne Farm, airs on Sept. 28 from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Eastern and will also show early races from Churchill Downs’ Downs After Dark evening card. Races from Belmont and Churchill Downs will also air live on TVG.
A highlight of the week’s radio coverage is “The Winner’s Circle” podcast presented The Stronach Group. The upcoming podcast airs Sept. 28 at 10 a.m. Eastern on SB Nation Radio (subscribe and access past episodes via Apple Podcasts here) and is hosted by Bram Weinstein, with racing analysis from retired Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens. The featured guest for the Sept. 28 show is jockey Sophie Doyle, who won the first Grade 1 stakes of her career on Sept. 21 aboard Street Band in the Cotillion Stakes.
Here’s a guide to television and radio horse racing coverage during an active week of Breeders' Cup preps:
For more coverage of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series, head over to americasbestracing.net
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