Where to Watch/Listen Leading Up to Breeders' Cup Preps at Belmont and Kentucky Downs

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Fans enjoying a day at Belmont Park. (Eclipse Sportswire)

The Road to the 2019 Breeders’ Cup World Championships resumes on this week, heading up to a Saturday that features two new "Win and You're In" Challenge Series prep races, one at venerable Belmont Park and another one at the horseplayers' paradise known as Kentucky Downs.

At Belmont, the $1 million Jockey Club Derby offers an automatic berth to the Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf for the winner as a new Challenge Series race. The 1 ½-mile race for 3-year-olds concludes the inaugural Turf Triple series, the first two legs of which were the Belmont Derby Invitational Stakes in July and the Saratoga Derby Invitational Stakes in August. At Kentucky Downs, the $700,000 Grade 3 Runhappy Turf Sprint is a “Win and You’re In” automatic qualifier for the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint.

NBC Sports will broadcast both the Jockey Club Derby and the Runhappy Turf Sprint during a one-and-a-half hour broadcast. The show will air on NBC, running from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Eastern, and also will include a live broadcast of the $750,000 Jockey Club Oaks for 3-year-old fillies at Belmont.

Belmont Park begins its fall meet on Friday, Sept. 6, and most of its races through the end of September will air on the "America's Day at the Races" broadcast. That show is produced by NYRA in partnership with FOX Sports and is presented by America's Best Racing, Runhappy, and Claiborne Farm. "America's Day at the Races" airs on FS2 and on various regional channels. 

Races from Belmont Park and Kentucky Downs will also be broadcast live on TVG as part of their comprehensive coast-to-coast racing coverage.

A highlight of the week’s radio coverage is “The Winner’s Circle” podcast presented The Stronach Group. The upcoming podcast airs Sept. 7 at 10 a.m. Eastern on SB Nation Radio (subscribe and access past episodes via Apple Podcasts here) and is hosted by Bram Weinstein, with racing analysis from retired Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens. The featured guest for the Sept. 7 show is Kentucky sports radio personality Matt Jones.

Here’s a guide to television and radio horse racing coverage during the upcoming week heading into a Breeders' Cup prep Saturday at Belmont Park and Kentucky Downs:

TV Schedule

Date

Program

Time

Network

Sept. 5

Broadcast of live racing from Kentucky Downs

First post 1:15 p.m.

TVG

Sept. 6

“America's Day at the Races” broadcast live from Belmont Park

3 p.m.-7 p.m.

FS2

Sept. 6

Broadcast of live racing from Belmont Park

First post 3 p.m.

TVG

Sept. 6

“America's Day at the Races” broadcast live from Belmont Park

1 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

FS2

Sept. 7

Broadcast of live racing from Belmont Park and Kentucky Downs

Belmont Park first post 1 p.m.; Kentucky Downs first post 1:15 p.m.

TVG

Sept. 7

Live broadcast of the Jockey Club Derby and the Runhappy Turf Sprint

4:30 p.m.-6 p.m.

NBC

Sept. 8

“America's Day at the Races” broadcast live from Belmont Park

1 p.m.-6 p.m.

FS2

Sept. 8

Broadcast of live racing from Belmont Park

First post 1 p.m.

TVG

 Note: All times listed are Eastern

Radio Schedule

Date Program Time Network
Sept. 4 At The Races with Steve Byk: eNicks' Pedigree Expert Sid Fernando, Tourney Talk, and more 9 a.m. Thoroughbred Radio Network
Sept. 4 Xpressbet Radio 3 p.m. HRRN
Sept. 4 Trainer Talk Presented by Fasig-Tipton 6 p.m. HRRN
Sept. 5 At The Races with Steve Byk: Shedrow Confidential with Steve Haskin, Vegas Racebook with Richard Eng, and more 9 a.m. Thoroughbred Radio Network
Sept. 5 Xpressbet Radio 3 p.m. HRRN
Sept. 5 Brisnet.com Call-In Show 6 p.m. HRRN
Sept. 6 At The Races with Steve Byk: Weekend Preview with Daily Racing Form correspondents and other guests 9 a.m. Thoroughbred Radio Network
Sept. 6 Xpressbet Radio 3 p.m. HRRN
Sept. 6 Weekend Stakes Preview Presented by NYRA Bets 6 p.m. HRRN
Sept. 7 Equine Forum Show 8 a.m. HRRN
Sept. 7 "The Winner's Circle," presented by The Stronach Group, with host Bram Weinstein, analyst Gary Stevens, and featured guest Matt Jones 10 a.m. SB Nation Radio

 Note: All times listed are Eastern

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