Where to Watch/Listen During 2020 Florida Derby Week

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Racing at Gulfstream Park. (Eclipse Sportswire)

The horse racing world like all other areas of society continues to make changes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and public health crisis. Racetracks across America have either postponed live racing or prohibited anyone other than essential employees from entering. Charities are ramping up services to help track workers during these hard times, including the Race Track Chaplaincy, New York Division.

Among the live racing still being conducted, the highlight event Saturday, March 28 the $750,000 million, Grade 1 Curlin Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park. The Florida Derby is a qualifying points race for the 146thKentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve, which has been rescheduled for Sept. 5 at Churchill Downs, and it offers Derby points to the top four finishers on a 100-40-20-10 scale.

The Florida Derby will be televised live on TVG's program “Trackside Live” from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday. “Trackside Live” will be available on its home network as well as on NBCSN, which will air the four-hour show on Florida Derby day as well as on Friday, March 27, and Sunday, March 29.

The Florida Derby will air on NBCSN as previously scheduled this Saturday starting at 6 p.m. ET, and will be part of the "Trackside Live" coverage. Post time for Saturday's Florida Derby is 6:36 p.m. ET.

Live racing will also be featured during an extended afternoon bloc Friday, Saturday, and Sunday on the America’s Day at the Races show presented by America’s Best Racing. The show, produced by NYRA, will air from 1:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. ET on FS2 Friday, and from 1:30 p.m.-7 p.m. ET on FS1 Saturday. On Sunday, the show will air from 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. ET on FS2 and from 2:30 p.m.-7 p.m. ET on FS1.

TVG will, as usual, present their comprehensive coast-to-coast racing coverage all weekend. Post time varies for different tracks, usually starting between noon-1 p.m. ET for east coast tracks.

A must-listen highlight of this week’s radio schedule is “The Winner’s Circle,” America’s Best Racing’s podcast presented by NYRA Bets. The show, hosted by Bram Weinstein and featuring analysis from Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens, airs at 10 a.m. ET on Saturdays through Nov. 7 on SB Nation RadioSubscribe to "The Winner's Circle" on Apple Podcasts to listen to archived episodes.

The March 28 show features guests Tom Law, editor of the Saratoga Special; Jay Privman, Triple Crown writer for Daily Racing Form; and musician Kirsten Collins, who appeared in a video produced by America’s Best Racing last summer at Del Mar.

Here’s a rundown of television and radio coverage leading up to the Florida Derby and other weekend racing.

TV Schedule


Date

Program

Time

Network

March 27

Live coverage of racing from tracks around the country

post time varies

TVG

March 27

"America's Day at the Races," featuring live coverage of racing from tracks around the country

1:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

FS2

March 27

TVG's "Trackside Live," featuring live coverage of racing from tracks around the country

4 p.m.-8 p.m.

NBCSN

March 28

Live coverage of racing from tracks around the country

post time varies

TVG

March 28

"America's Day at the Races," featuring live coverage of racing from tracks around the country

1:30-7 p.m.

FS1

March 28

TVG's "Trackside Live," featuring live coverage of racing from tracks around the country including the Florida Derby

4 p.m.-8 p.m., Florida Derby post time 6:36 p.m.

NBCSN

March 29

Live coverage of racing from tracks around the country

post time varies

TVG

March 29

"America's Day at the Races," featuring live coverage of racing from tracks around the country

1:30-2:30 p.m. on FS2; 2:30-7 p.m. on FS1

FS1 and FS2

March 29

TVG's "Trackside Live," featuring live coverage of racing from tracks around the country

4 p.m.-8 p.m.

NBCSN

 Note: All times listed are Eastern

Radio Schedule

Date Program Time Network
March 26 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 26 Red Brand Radio 3 p.m. HRRN
March 26 Brisnet Call-in Show 6 p.m. HRRN
March 27 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 27 Red Brand Radio 3 p.m. HRRN
March 27 Weekend Stakes Preview Presented by NYRA Bets 6 p.m. HRRN
March 28 Equine Forum Show 8 a.m. HRRN
March 28 Off to the Races on The Racing Biz Radio Network 10 a.m. ESPN 950 AM
March 28 "The Winner's Circle" presented by NYRA Bets, with host Bram Weinstein, analyst Gary Stevens, and featured guests Tom Law, Jay Privman, and Kirsten Collins 10 a.m. SB Nation Radio
March 28 Live broadcast of the Florida Derby and other races 5 p.m.-7 p.m. HRRN

 Note: All times listed are Eastern

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