Where to Watch/Listen Leading Up to Fall Stars Weekend 2019
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This weekend, the Breeders’ Cup World Championships prep season will have its near-grand finale, with 20 Challenge Series “Win and You’re In” qualifying races scheduled from Friday, Oct. 4, to Sunday, Oct. 6 (one final race is set for Oct. 9).
Domestic races will be held at Keeneland Race Course, which kicks off its fall meet on Friday with a three-day Fall Stars Weekend and will feature nine preps from Friday to Sunday; at Belmont Park, which hosts four qualifying preps on Saturday and Sunday; and Santa Anita Park, host of this year’s World Championships on Nov. 1-2, which offers one “Win and You’re In” race on Saturday and one on Sunday.
NBC Sports will televise four of Keeneland’s Challenge Series races on two broadcasts. On Saturday, the Shadwell Turf Mile Stakes (a “Win and You’re In” prep for the TVG Breeders’ Cup Mile) and the Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (a qualifier for the TVG Breeders’ Cup Juvenile) will be broadcast live during a show on NBCSN from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Eastern. On Sunday, the action moves to NBC, which will present a live broadcast of the Juddmonte Spinster Stakes (a Challenge Series qualifier for the Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff) and the Dixiana Bourbon Stakes (a qualifier for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf) during a show airing from 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Belmont Park’s Breeders’ Cup qualifiers will be broadcast live on NYRA’s “America’s Day at the Races” show airing nationally on FS2 and on various regional channels. The weekend hours on FS2 for “America’s Day at the Races,” presented by America's Best Racing, Runhappy, and Claiborne Farm, are Saturday from 2:30 to 6 p.m. Eastern (featuring the Champagne Stakes, a prep for the TVG Juvenile) and Sunday from 2 to 5:30 p.m. Eastern (featuring the Frizette Stakes [a prep for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies], the Flower Bowl Stakes [a prep for the Maker’s Mark Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf]), and the Futurity Stakes [a prep for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint].
In addition to NBC Sports’ and NYRA’s coverage, all domestic Breeders’ Cup prep races will air live on TVG as part of their comprehensive package. TVG is also the only live broadcast outlet for Friday’s Breeders’ Cup preps at Keeneland, highlighted by the Darley Alcibiades Stakes (a qualifier for the Juvenile Fillies) and for Santa Anita’s two Challenge Series races, including Saturday’s Santa Anita Sprint Championship (a prep for the Breeders’ Cup Sprint).
An additional highlight of October’s racing coverage is the “Today at Keeneland” program, a live broadcast airing on TVG2 throughout the meet as well as on Keeneland.com and other online outlets. The 30-minute show airs at 11:30 a.m. Eastern on race days throughout the meet and is hosted by TVG analysts Gabby Gaudet and Scott Hazelton.
A highlight of the week’s radio coverage is “The Winner’s Circle” podcast presented The Stronach Group. The upcoming podcast airs Saturday, Oct. 5, 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 scheduled featured guests for the Oct. 5 podcast are NBC Sports turf writer Tim Layden and trainer Saffie Joseph Jr., whose colt Math Wizard won the Sept. 21 Pennsylvania Derby.
Here’s a guide to television and racing coverage for a busy week leading up to Fall Stars Weekend at Keeneland and the rest of the Breeders’ Cup prep races:
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