Saturday at the Races Broadcasts to Feature Triple Crown Preps on FOX Sports 2
In an effort to bring more coverage, customers and interest to the Kentucky Derby and Triple Crown trail, FOX Sports 2 has plans for six Saturday broadcasts in February and March covering marquee racing and several Triple Crown prep races including those on the Kentucky Derby trail.
FOX Sports, the New York Racing Association (NYRA) and The Stronach Group announced Jan. 26 a partnership to present FOX Sports Saturday at the Races, a new live racing TV program sponsored by Claiborne Farm. Airing on FOX Sports 2 (FS2), the telecasts are scheduled to begin Feb. 3 and continue over six Saturday’s in February and March. The final show will be a 3 ½ hour special on March 31 that is headlined by the Florida Derby. Last year’s Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming won the Florida Derby in his final Derby prep race.
Top stakes races from Aqueduct Racetrack, Gulfstream Park and Santa Anita Park will be shown on FOX Sports Saturday at the Races.
“FOX Sports Saturday at the Races is going to be essential viewing for anyone following the Triple Crown trail,” said Michael Mulvihill, FOX Sports executive vice president of research, league operations, and strategy. “These races have produced four of the past five Kentucky Derby champions, including the last two winners, and have jump-started the 3-year-old campaigns of legends from Secretariat to California Chrome.
“We look forward to presenting the best of the road to the Triple Crown, with the best team of handicappers in the business.”
While FOX is eager to promote their broadcasting team as ‘the best team of handicappers in the business,” it’s a stretch but we’ll give credit to their team for trying to be expert analysts.
Hosted by Greg Wolf, FOX Sports Saturday at the Races will include commentary and analysis from a combination of FOX Sports, NYRA, and XBTV personalities, including Paul Lo Duca, Andy Serling, Maggie Wolfendale, Gabby Gaudet, Acacia Courtney, Richard Migliore, and Michelle Yu.
“FOX Sports Saturday at the Races will provide fans across the country with an unprecedented level of national coverage of the best racing on the road to the Triple Crown,” said Tony Allevato, president of NYRA Bets and executive producer of NYRA TV. “Thanks to FOX Sports and our partners at The Stronach Group, FS2 will shine a light on the best racing from Aqueduct, Gulfstream, and Santa Anita throughout the next two months.”
In conjunction with the telecasts of FOX Sports Saturday at the Races, NYRA will host a cross-county Pick 4, featuring races at Aqueduct, Gulfstream, and Santa Anita.
2018 schedule for FOX Sports Saturday at the Races (all times EST):
• 4-6:30 p.m.
• Featured races: grade 2 Holy Bull, grade 2 Forward Gal, and grade 2 Swale at Gulfstream Park; grade 3 Withers at Aqueduct Racetrack
• 4-6 p.m.
• Featured races: grade 1 Gulfstream Park Turf, and grade 3 Suwannee River at Gulfstream Park
• 6-6:30 p.m.
• Featured race: grade 2 Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream Park
• 4-6:30 p.m.
• Featured races: grade 3 Gotham, grade 3 Tom Fool, and Heavenly Prize at Aqueduct Racetrack; grade 2 San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita Park; Silks Run at Gulfstream Park
Featured Races: grade 3 Hutcheson at Gulfstream Park; Maddie May at Aqueduct Racetrack
• 4-7:30 p.m. EST
• Featured races: grade 1 Florida Derby, grade 2 Hardacre Mile, grade 2 Gulfstream Park Oaks, grade 2 Honey Fox, and grade 2 Pan American at Gulfstream Park