FOX Sports, the New York Racing Association Inc. (NYRA), and The Stronach Group today announced a partnership to present “FOX Sports Saturday At The Races,” a new, live racing television program sponsored by Claiborne Farm.
Airing on FS2, the telecasts begin on Feb. 3 and continue over six Saturdays in February and March, culminating with a 3 ½-hour show on March 31 headlined by the Grade 1 Florida Derby.
“FOX Sports Saturday At The Races” will offer national coverage of marquee racing from Aqueduct, Gulfstream Park, and Santa Anita Park, highlighted by coverage of several key Triple Crown prep races, including the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth Stakes, the Grade 3 Gotham Stakes, the Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes, and the Grade 3 Withers Stakes.
“ ‘FOX Sports Saturday At The Races’ is going to be essential viewing for anyone following the Triple Crown trail. These races have produced four of the last 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,” said Michael Mulvihill, FOX Sports executive vice president, research, league operations and strategy. “We look forward to presenting the best of the road to the Triple Crown, with the best team of handicappers in the business.”
“We’re excited to partner with FOX Sports to highlight great Thoroughbred racing from across the country,” said Tim Ritvo of The Stronach Group. “ ‘FOX Sports Saturday At The Races’ will showcase many of the top 3-year-olds leading up to the Triple Crown. We’re looking forward to being part of these great broadcasts.”
“ ‘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.”
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 LoDuca, Andy Serling, Maggie Wolfendale, Gabby Gaudet, Acacia Courtney, Richard Migliore and Michelle Yu.
2018 schedule for “FOX Sports Saturday At The Races”
Feb. 3 – 4 – 6:30 p.m. ET
Grade 2 Holy Bull Stakes, Grade 2 Forward Gal Stakes, and Grade 2 Swale Stakes at Gulfstream Park
Grade 3 Withers Stakesat Aqueduct
Feb. 10 – 4 – 6 p.m. ET
Grade 1 Gulfstream Park Turf, and Grade 3 Suwannee River Stakes at Gulfstream Park
March 3 – 6 – 6:30 p.m. ET
Grade 2 Fountain of Youth Stakesat Gulfstream Park
March 10 – 4 – 6:30 p.m. ET
Grade 3 Gotham Stakes, Grade 3 Tom Fool Stakes, and Heavenly Prize Stakes at Aqueduct
Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita Park
Silks Run Stakes at Gulfstream Park
March 24 – 4 – 6:30 p.m. ET
Grade 3 Hutcheson Stakes at Gulfstream Park
Maddie May Stakes at Aqueduct
March 31 – 4 – 7:30 p.m. ET
Grade 1 Florida Derby, Grade 2 Hardacre Mile, Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Oaks, Grade 2 Honey Fox Stakes, and Grade 2 Pan Am Stakes