Where to Watch/Listen During a Holiday Weekend of Derby Preps

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A typically crowded day at Oaklawn Park. (Eclipse Sportswire)

This upcoming weekend, extending into Monday, President’s Day, sees the Road to the 2020 Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve pick up traffic, with four races scheduled offering qualifying points to contenders that are accumulated to reserve a spot in the May 2 starting gate at Churchill Downs.

Originally, three preps were scheduled for the holiday weekend, but the Grade 2 Risen Star Stakes Presented by Lamarque Ford at Fair Grounds set for Saturday has been split into two divisions due to an abundance of entrants, each offering points distribution on a 50-20-10-5 scale to the top four finishers.

The two other prep races offer a 10-4-2-1 points distribution to the top four horses. They are the El Camino Real Derby on Saturday at Golden Gate Fields, and the Grade 3 Southwest Stakes on Monday at Oaklawn Park.

All four prep races will be featured on the FOX Sports broadcast America’s Day at the Races presented by America’s Best Racing. The NYRA-produced show, which kicked off its 2020 season last weekend and is hosted by Greg Wolf, features live broadcasts of races from around the U.S. as well as insight from a diverse roster of handicappers and analysts including Gary Stevens, Andy Serling, Maggie Wolfendale, Nancy Holthus, and more. It airs nationally on FS2 and also on several regional channels.

The four Kentucky Derby preps will also be broadcast live on TVG as part of their usual, coast-to-coast comprehensive racing coverage.

Here’s a rundown of TV and radio coverage leading up to an important Kentucky Derby prep weekend.

TV Schedule


Date

Program

Time

Network

Feb. 15

"America's Day at the Races," featuring live coverage of the Risen Star Stakes and the El Camino Real Derby

6-7:30 p.m.

FS2

Feb. 15

Live coverage of the Risen Star Stakes and the El Camino Real Derby

Risen Star post times 6:38 p.m. and 7:12 p.m., El Camino Real post time 6:52 p.m.

TVG

Feb. 17

"America's Day at the Races," featuring live coverage of the Southwest Stakes

4-6:30 p.m.

FS2

Feb. 17

Live coverage of the Southwest Stakes

Southwest Stakes post time 5:43 p.m.

TVG

 Note: All times listed are Eastern

Radio Schedule

Date Program Time Network
Feb. 13 At The Races with Steve Byk: Shedrow Confidential with Steve Haskin, Vegas Racebook with Richard Eng, and more 9 a.m. Thoroughbred Radio Network
Feb. 13 Red Brand Radio 3 p.m. HRRN
Feb. 13 Brisnet Call-in Show 6 p.m. HRRN
Feb. 14 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
Feb. 14 Red Brand Radio 3 p.m. HRRN
Feb. 14 Weekend Stakes Preview Presented by NYRA Bets 6 p.m. HRRN
Feb. 15 Equine Forum Show 8 a.m. HRRN

 Note: All times listed are Eastern

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