Where to Watch/Listen During Travers Week 2018

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The excitement of Travers Day at Saratoga. (Eclipse Sportswire)

The 149thRunhappy Travers Stakes on Aug. 23 is the traditional high point of Saratoga’s action-packed meeting, and will be the centerpiece of a two-hour national television broadcast that places horse racing front and center in the sports universe as excitement builds toward the 35thBreeders’ Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs this November.

NBC Sports will provide live coverage of the Travers as part of its broadcast on parent channel NBC, airing from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern on Saturday. The Travers (post time 5:44 p.m. Eastern) features a large field of top 3-year-olds, including de facto divisional leader Good Magic (following Triple Crown winner Justify’s retirement) and the filly Wonder Gadot. That race is not a Challenge Series “Win and You’re In” qualifier for the Breeders’ Cup Classic, although in most years one or two Travers horses do show up in the Classic.

Four other races on Saturday at Saratoga are qualifiers for Breeders’ Cup races, however, and will be featured as part of NBC’s broadcast, which is part of the “Win and You’re In” series presented by America’s Best Racing. They are the Sword Dancer Invitational Stakes (prep for the Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf); the Personal Ensign Stakes (prep for the Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff); Ketel One Ballerina Stakes (prep for the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint); and Forego Stakes (prep for the Las Vegas Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile).

NBC’s broadcast team is led by anchor Laffit Pincay and analysts Randy Moss and Jerry Bailey, and will also feature handicapper Eddie Olczyk and reporters Britney Eurton and Kenny Rice.

Prior to the NBC Sports broadcast, ongoing coverage of the Saratoga Race Course meet is available via "Saratoga Live," NYRA's flagship show presented by Claiborne Farm. “Saratoga Live” is available in 75 million households nationally through Fox Sports 2 and regionally through MSG+, Fox Sports Prime Ticket, Fox Sports San Diego, Fox Sports Ohio and the Altitude Sports Network. “Saratoga Live” runs from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Eastern on Fox Sports 2 during Aug. 22-24, and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 25.

A highlight of the week’s radio and online streaming coverage is the upcoming “The Winner’s Circle” podcast, presented by America’s Best Racing in conjunction with SB Nation Radio. Hosted by Bram Weinstein, the Aug. 25 podcast features scheduled guest Erik Johnson, a defenseman with the NHL's Colorado Avalanche and a horse owner. "The Winner's Circle" airs at 10 a.m. Eastern on the SB Nation Radio network of stations, at www.sbnationlive.com, and on the SB Nation Radio app.

Below is a rundown of horse racing television and radio coverage through the week leading up to Runhappy Travers Stakes Day.

TV Schedule

Aug. 22

"Saratoga Live" presented by Claiborne Farm 

4 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

FS2

Aug.23

"Saratoga Live" presented by Claiborne Farm

4 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

FS2

Aug. 24

"Saratoga Live" presented by Claiborne Farm 

4 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

FS2

Aug. 25

"Saratoga Live" presented by Claiborne Farm featuring live broadcast of the Travers Stakes undercard

1 p.m.-4 p.m.

FS2

Aug. 25

Live broadcast of the Runhappy Travers Stakes, the Sword Dancer Invitational Stakes, and other graded stakes from Saratoga

4 p.m.-6 p.m.

NBC

 Note: All times listed are Eastern

Radio Schedule

Date Program Time Network
Aug. 21 At The Races with Steve Byk: Andy Serling, Horse Health, and Jeremy Plonk 9 a.m. Thoroughbred Radio Network
Aug. 21 Jock Talk presented by Tito's Handmade Vodka 6 p.m.-7 p.m. HRRN
Aug. 22 At The Races with Steve Byk: eNicks' Pedigree Expert Sid Fernando, Tourney Talk, and more 9 a.m. Thoroughbred Radio Network
Aug. 22 Xpressbet Radio 3 p.m.-6 p.m. HRRN
Aug. 22 Trainer Talk Presented by Fasig-Tipton 6 p.m.-7 p.m. HRRN
Aug. 23 At The Races with Steve Byk: Shedrow Confidential with Steve Haskin, Vegas Racebook with Richard Eng, and more 9 a.m. Thoroughbred Radio Network
Aug. 23 Xpressbet Radio 3 p.m.-6 p.m. HRRN
Aug. 23 Brisnet.com Call-In Show 6 p.m.-7 p.m. HRRN
Aug. 24 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
Aug. 24 Xpressbet Radio 3 p.m.-6 p.m. HRRN
Aug. 24 Weekend Stakes Preview Presented by NYRA Bets 6 p.m.-7 p.m. HRRN
Aug. 25 Equine Forum Show 8 a.m.-10 a.m.  HRRN
Aug. 25 "The Winner's Circle," presented by America's Best Racing in conjunction with SB Nation Radio with scheduled guest Erik Johnson 10 a.m.  SB Nation Radio
Aug. 25 "Saturdays at Saratoga" presented by VisitBarbados.org, featuring the Runhappy Travers Stakes, Sword Dancer Invitational Stakes, and other graded stakes 3 p.m.-6 p.m. HRRN

 Note: All times listed are Eastern

Online Video Schedule

Aug. 21

Live coverage of the Travers Stakes draw from the Adelphi Hotel

5:30 p.m. (draw at 6 p.m.)

NYRA.com

 Note: All times listed are Eastern

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