Where to Watch/Listen During Louisiana Derby and Sunland Derby Weekend

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The Fair Grounds paddock on Louisiana Derby day. (Eclipse Sportswire)

This Saturday, March 23, the Road to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve heads to New Orleans, as the $1 million, Grade 2 Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby features favorite War of Will and 10 challengers competing for 170 Derby qualifying points at Fair Grounds. The top four finishers in the Louisiana Derby will receive Derby points distributed on a 100-40-20-10 scale.

The Louisiana Derby will anchor a one-hour broadcast of “The Road to the Kentucky Derby” series on NBCSN that also includes the $400,000, Grade 2 Twinspires.com Fair Grounds Oaks Presented, a prep race offering qualifying points for the May 3 Longines Kentucky Oaks. The NBCSN broadcast will air from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Eastern, with post time for the Louisiana Derby set for 6:13 p.m.

After the Louisiana Derby coverage concludes on Saturday, NBC Sports, in partnership with Churchill Downs, debuts a new “Road to the Kentucky Derby” series Saturday beginning at 6:30 p.m. Eastern on NBCSN. The first of four 30-minute episodes features country music star Toby Keith, a lifelong racing fan who is now a Thoroughbred breeder and owner, and an interview with Sol Kumin, co-owner of 2018 Triple Crown winner Justify. Read more about the series here.

Fair Grounds races are also part of TVG's coverage, and TVG will be the only broadcast outlet showing the Sunland Park Derby on Sunday, March 24. That race at Sunland Park in New Mexico grants Kentucky Derby qualifying points to the top four finishers on a 50-20-10-5 scale and drew 10 starters, headlined by Mucho Gusto and Anothertwistafate. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Eastern.

A highlight of this week’s radio coverage is Saturday’s season debut of “The Winner’s Circle,” presented by The Stronach Group and America’s Best Racing. Hosted by Bram Weinstein, the racing and betting variety show airs every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. ET on SB Nation Radio from March 23 through the Breeders’ Cup World Championships in November.

“The Winner’s Circle” can be heard on more than 80 national radio stations in cities including Houston, Dallas, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Detroit, as well as sbnationlive.com and the SB Nation Radio app. Subsequent to the airing of each radio show, a podcast version will be made available at podcastarena.com/winners-circle.

Scheduled to appear on the first episode along with Bram Weinstein is Jake Delhomme, former NFL quarterback and a Thoroughbred owner. Read more about the new season of "The Winner's Circle" here.

Here’s a full rundown of horse racing television and radio for Louisiana Derby and Sunland Derby weekend.

TV Schedule

Date

Program

Time

Network

March 23

Live television coverage of the Louisiana Derby

5:30  p.m.-6:30 p.m.

NBCSN

March 23

Episode One of "Road to the Kentucky Derby" series

6:30  p.m.-7 p.m.

NBCSN

March 24

Live television coverage of the Sunland Park Derby from Sunland Park

Post time 7:30 p.m.

TVG

Radio Schedule

Date Program Time Network
March 22 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 22 Xpressbet Radio 3 p.m. HRRN
March 22 Weekend Stakes Preview Presented by NYRA Bets 6 p.m. HRRN
March 23 Equine Forum Show 8 a.m. HRRN
March 23 "The Winner's Circle" Presented by The Stronach Group and America's Best Racing, with host Bram Weinstein and featured guest Jake Delhomme 10 a.m. SB Nation Radio

 Note: All times listed are Eastern

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