Where to Watch/Listen: Horse Racing Coverage for April 3-5

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Horse racing at Oaklawn Park continues during the COVID-19 pandemic. (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, while many other organizations including the Jockey Club Safety Net Foundation are redirecting resources to support medical efforts to combat the spread of the virus and support backstretch workers.

The original trio of major Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve prep races – the Wood Memorial, Santa Anita Derby, and Toyota Blue Grass Stakes – have been canceled for Saturday, April 4 (the Santa Anita Derby may run at a later date). Still, racing continues at a few tracks across the country that have instituted strict safety screening protocols for essential employees who are already on the grounds to provide daily care for horses.

Television coverage of horse racing is highlighted by two 5 ½-hour broadcasts of “America’s Day at the Races.” The NYRA-produced show will air on FS1 from 1:30 p.m.-6 p.m. ET and FS2 from 6 p.m.-7 p.m. ET on Saturday. On Sunday, “America’s Day at the Races” will air on FS2 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. ET, on FS1 from 2:30 p.m.-6 p.m. ET, and then back on FS2 from 6 p.m.-7 p.m. ET. The show will present live racing from Oaklawn Park and Tampa Bay Downs.

America’s Day at the Races” is presented by Runhappy, Claiborne Farm and America's Best Racing. Hosted by Greg Wolf, this weekend's broadcast team includes Gary Stevens, Michelle Yu, Laffit Pincay III, Tom Amoss and Jonathon Kinchen.

Racing coverage from NBCSN will also be offered this weekend via a simulcast of TVG's program “Trackside Live” from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. ET on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. “Trackside Live” will be available on its home network as well, along with coast-to-coast coverage of racing on TVG as per usual starting earlier in the day as part of its comprehensive package.  

A don’t-miss highlight of this weekend’s radio coverage 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.

This Saturday's featured guest is Hall of Fame and two-time Triple Crown winning trainer Bob Baffert, who will discuss racing's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the postponement of Santa Anita Park's meet, and the rescheduling of the Kentucky Derby, among other topics.

Here’s a rundown of television and radio coverage for the upcoming weekend.

TV Schedule


Date

Program

Time

Network

April 3

Live coverage of racing from tracks around the country

post time varies

TVG

April 3

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

4 p.m.-7 p.m.

NBCSN

April 4

"America's Day at the Races," featuring live coverage of racing from Oaklawn Park and Tampa Bay Downs

1:30-6 p.m. on FS1; 6-7 p.m. on FS2

FS1 and FS2

April 4

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

4 p.m.-7 p.m.

NBCSN

April 4

Live coverage of racing from tracks around the country

post time varies

TVG

April 5

"America's Day at the Races," featuring live coverage of racing from Oaklawn Park and Tampa Bay Downs

1:30-2:30 p.m. on FS2; 2:30-6 p.m. on FS1; 6-7 p.m. on FS2

FS1 and FS2

April 5

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

4 p.m.-7 p.m.

NBCSN

April 5

Live coverage of racing from tracks around the country

post time varies

TVG

Note: All times listed are Eastern

Radio Schedule

Date Program Time Network
April 3 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
April 3 Red Brand Radio 3 p.m. HRRN
April 3 Weekend Stakes Preview Presented by NYRA Bets 6 p.m. HRRN
April 4 Equine Forum Show 8 a.m. HRRN
April 4 Off to the Races on The Racing Biz Radio Network 10 a.m. ESPN 950 AM
April 4 "The Winner's Circle" presented by NYRA Bets, with host Bram Weinstein, analyst Gary Stevens, and featured guest Bob Baffert 10 a.m. SB Nation Radio

Note: All times listed are Eastern

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