Where to Watch/Listen During Dubai World Cup and Florida Derby Week

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Penelope P. Miller/America's Best Racing

This Saturday, March 31, promises to be one of the biggest days in Thoroughbred racing so far this year as two major events are on the schedule. Half a world away in the United Arab Emirates, many of the best racehorses in training will converge on Meydan Racecourse for a spectacular racecard highlighted by the $10 million Dubai World Cup. The race is expected to feature several top-rated U.S. horses, including West Coast, Forever Unbridled, and Gunnevera.

Also on Saturday, Gulfstream Park concludes its Championship Meet with a jam-packed racecard featuring seven stakes races, and culminating with the $1 million, Grade 1 Xpressbet.com Florida Derby, a major Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve prep race offering 170 qualifying points to the May 5 classic to the top four finishers.  The race is expected to feature top Kentucky Derby contenders Audible and Promises Fulfilled, among others.

Live television coverage of both the Dubai World Cup and the Florida Derby will be provided by NBC Sports. The Dubai World Cup will air on NBCSN as part of a broadcast starting at 12:30 p.m. Eastern. The Florida Derby will also air on NBCSN, with that broadcast starting at 6 p.m. Eastern.

TVG will provide live television coverage of other major stakes races from Meydan Racecourse in Dubai and from Gulfstream Park leading up to the two main events. TVG’s broadcast from Dubai begins at 7:45 a.m. Eastern on Saturday.

XBTV will also present coverage of both the Dubai World Cup and Florida Derby racecards via its online channel. The 14-hour broadcast will begin at 6:30 a.m. Eastern.

Here’s a guide to television and radio coverage of a busy week leading up to the Dubai World Cup and Florida Derby.

TV and Online Video Schedule

Date

Program

Time

Network

March 28

Online live coverage of the Florida Derby draw

11:15 a.m.

XBTV

March 31

Online coverage of the Dubai World Cup and Florida Derby racecards

Begins at 6:30 a.m.

XBTV

March 31

Live broadcast coverage from Meydan Racecourse and Gulfstream Park

Begins at 7:30 a.m.

TVG

March 31

Live broadcast of the Dubai World Cup

12:30 p.m.

NBCSN

March 31

Live broadcast of the Xpressbet.com Florida Derby

6 p.m.

NBCSN

 Note: All times listed are Eastern

Radio Schedule (NOTE: Horse Racing Radio Network now airing on Sirius 219 and XM 201)

Date Program Time Network
March 27 At The Races with Steve Byk: NYRA's Andy Serling, Horse Health Today, and Horseplayer Now's Jeremy Plonk 9 a.m. Thoroughbred Radio Network
March 27 Jock Talk Presented by Tito's Handmade Vodka 6 p.m. HRRN
March 28 At The Races with Steve Byk: eNicks' Pedigree Expert Sid Fernando, Tourney Talk, and more 9 a.m. Thoroughbred Radio Network
March 28 Xpressbet Radio 3 p.m. HRRN
March 28 Trainer Talk Presented by Fasig-Tipton 6 p.m. HRRN
March 29 At The Races with Steve Byk: Shedrow Confidential with Steve Haskin, Vegas Racebook with Richard Eng, and more 9 a.m. Thoroughbred Radio Network
March 29 Xpressbet Radio 3 p.m. HRRN
March 29 Brisnet Call-In Show 6 p.m. HRRN
March 30 At The Races with Steve Byk: Weekend Preview with Daily Racing Form correspondents, Brisnet's Ed DeRosa, and other guests 9 a.m. Thoroughbred Radio Network
March 30 Xpressbet Radio 3 p.m. HRRN
March 30 Weekend Stakes Preview Presented by NYRA Bets 6 p.m. HRRN
March 31 Equine Forum Show 8 a.m. HRRN
March 31 Broadcast of the Xpressbet.com Florida Derby 5:30 p.m.- 7:30 p.m. HRRN

 Note: All times listed are Eastern

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