The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA), FOX Sports and The Stronach Group today announced the return of FOX Sports Saturday At The Races, the live racing television program launched in 2018 to provide nationwide coverage of the best thoroughbred racing from marquee venues around the country.
Airing on FS2, and produced by NYRA, the telecasts begin on February 2 with a 2 1/2 hour show offering live coverage of the Grade 3 Withers from Aqueduct Racetrack, the Grade 2 Holy Bull from Gulfstream Park and the Grade 3 Robert B. Lewis from Santa Anita Park.
“FOX Sports Saturday At The Races kicks off year one of our expanded coverage of the very best in horse racing,” said Michael Mulvihill, FOX Sports Executive Vice President, Research, League Operations & Strategy. “The races we are showcasing this Spring have produced five of the last six Kentucky Derby champions, including the immortal American Pharoah. As a horseplayer, you simply can’t be prepared for the Triple Crown without seeing these races. We are very excited to present these key stops on the road to the Triple Crown.”
2019 will see 12 editions of FOX Sports Saturday At The Races airing on FS2 with more than 24 hours of in-depth coverage and analysis of major stakes races and key Triple Crown preps such as the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth, Grade 2 San Felipe, Grade 3 Gotham, and the Grade 3 Withers.
The 2019 package of live shows builds on the 2018 schedule, when FOX Sports Saturday At The Races aired on six Saturdays providing a national audience on FS2 with 17 hours of live horse racing.
Beyond the significant expansion in hours and dates, the 2019 shows will add coverage of Oaklawn Park’s winter meet to a schedule that includes stakes action from Aqueduct, Gulfstream, Santa Anita, Tampa Bay Downs and Charles Town.
A special 90-minute President’s Day show will focus on Oaklawn Park with the Grade 3 Southwest, Grade 3 Razorback and Grade 3 Bayakoa to air on FOX Sports Saturday At The Races. The February 18 show serves as a precursor to Rebel Day at Oaklawn on Saturday, March 16, when viewers will be treated to the Grade 2 Rebel and Grade 2 Azeri.
“Since 1904, Oaklawn has hosted some of the largest on-track crowds in the country,” General Manager Wayne Smith said, “Our horsemen and Oaklawn management couldn’t be more thrilled to be showcasing our biggest and best race days to millions of sports and racing fans on FOX Sports Saturdays At The Races.”
While important stakes figure into each of the 12 shows, horseplayers and sports fans should circle the first two Saturdays in March for can’t miss race days highlighted by the Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap, Grade 2 Fountain of Youth, Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby, Grade 2 San Felipe, Grade 3 Gotham and much more all to appear on FOX Sports Saturday At The Races.
“These shows have been a tremendous success in providing horseplayers and racing fans with top quality racing leading into the Triple Crown,” said Tim Ritvo of The Stronach Group. “That’s why we’re so excited that FOX Sports Saturday At The Races is expanding in 2019 to include more of the best racing in the country.”
FOX Sports Saturday At The Races will be presented by America’s Best Racing, Runhappy and Claiborne Farm. Hosted by Greg Wolf, the live shows will include commentary, handicapping and racing analysis from a combination of FOX Sports, NYRA and The Stronach Group personalities, among others.
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