Where to Watch/Listen: Horse Racing Coverage for Aug. 12-16

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Turf racing at Saratoga. (Eclipse Sportswire)

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Racing’s main event this upcoming weekend is the Alabama Stakes on Saturday, Aug. 15 at Saratoga Race Course. The Grade 1 race for 3-year-old fillies is a Breeders' Cup Challenge Series "Win and You're In" automatic qualifier for the Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff in November.

The Alabama will be broadcast on NBC as part of the Breeders' Cup Challenge Series, during a show from 5 to 6 p.m. ET. The Alabama as well as nearly every other live race from Saratoga this upcoming week will also be featured on NYRA's “Saratoga Live.” “Saratoga Live” will be shown on either FS1 and FS2 from Wednesday to Sunday and also air on MSG+ and on regional Fox outlets Prime Ticket and Fox Sports San Diego – check NYRA’s website for those dates and times.

Racing from Del Mar and other tracks will be shown on TVG from Wednesday-Sunday as part of their usual daily package.

On Thursday evening, America’s Best Racing continues its live-streaming program in partnership with Woodbine focusing on Thoroughbred and Standardbred racing at the Ontario track, a favorite venue for horseplayers. "Woodbine Live" is hosted by ABR’s Dan Tordjman along with Ashley MaillouxEmily Gullikson and Robert Reid Jr. and will be shown on ABR’s Facebook Live, Twitter and YouTube pages. The live-streaming show coincides with Woodbine’s own "Racing Night Live" program, which is available for viewing on The Sports Network (TSN) in Canada and in the U.S. will be shown on ABR’s YouTube channel.

ABR's new streaming show broadcast in Spanish and English, "La Trifecta," continues on Fridays. The show features analysis from Claudia Spadaro, Darwin Vizcaya and Annise Montplaisir. It’s available on ABR’s Facebook Live, Twitter, and YouTube pages and on Annise's Twitter account.

On Saturday, ABR presents a special edition of “Woodbine Live” airing during Woodbine’s racecard that is highlighted by the Woodbine Oaks Presented by Budweiser and also features three graded stakes. Dan Tordjman hosts along with Equibase handicapper Ellis Starr and other guests. The will be streamed on ABR's Facebook Live, YouTube and Twitter pages and the start time is tentatively set for 4 p.m. ET.

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, airs at 10 a.m. ET on Saturdays through Nov. 7 on Sports Map Radio. Subscribe to "The Winner's Circle" on Apple Podcasts to listen to archived episodes.

The Aug. 15 "Winner's Circle" features analysis from Gary Stevens, author, journalist, and horse owner-breeder Ren Carothers, and a segment with trainer Todd Pletcher.

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

TV/Livestream Schedule

Date

Program

Time

Network

Aug. 12

"Saratoga Live"

2 p.m.-6 p.m.

FS2

Aug. 12

Live coverage of horse racing

post time varies

TVG

Aug. 13

"Saratoga Live"

2 p.m.-6 p.m.

FS2

Aug. 13

Live coverage of horse racing

post time varies

TVG

Aug. 13

"Woodbine Live" presented by America's Best Racing

6 p.m.-8 p.m.

Facebook Live and YouTube

Aug. 13

Woodbine's "Racing Night Live"

6 p.m.-8 p.m.

YouTube

Aug. 14

"Saratoga Live"

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

FS2

Aug. 14

Live coverage of horse racing

post time varies

TVG

Aug. 14

"La Trifecta"

7 p.m.

Facebook Live, Twitter and YouTube

Aug. 15

"Saratoga Live"

1 p.m.-6 p.m. on FS1, 6 p.m.-7 p.m. on FS2

FS1 and FS2

Aug. 15

"Woodbine Live" presented by America's Best Racing

4 p.m.

Facebook Live and YouTube

Aug. 15

Broadcast of the Alabama Stakes

5 p.m.-6 p.m.

NBC

Aug. 15

Live coverage of horse racing

post time varies

TVG

Aug. 16

"Saratoga Live"

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

FS1 and FS2

Aug. 16

Live coverage of horse racing

post time varies

TVG

Note: All times listed are Eastern

Radio Schedule

Date Program Time Network
Aug. 12 At The Races with Steve Byk 9 a.m. Thoroughbred Radio Network
Aug. 12 Race Day on HRRN 3 p.m. HRRN
Aug. 12 Trainer Talk Presented by Fasig-Tipton 6 p.m. HRRN
Aug. 13 At The Races with Steve Byk 9 a.m. Thoroughbred Radio Network
Aug. 13 Race Day on HRRN 3 p.m. HRRN
Aug. 13 Brisnet Call-In Show 6 p.m. HRRN
Aug. 14 At The Races with Steve Byk 9 a.m. Thoroughbred Radio Network
Aug. 14 Race Day on HRRN 3 p.m. HRRN
Aug. 14 Weekend Stakes Preview Presented by NYRA Bets 6 p.m. HRRN
Aug. 15 Equine Forum Show 8 a.m. HRRN
Aug. 15 Off to the Races on The Racing Biz Radio Network 10 a.m. ESPN 950 AM
Aug. 15 "The Winner's Circle" presented by NYRA Bets, with host Bram Weinstein and guests Gary Stevens, Ren Carothers and Todd Pletcher 10 a.m. Sports Map Radio
Aug. 15 Live coverage of Saratoga racing 1 p.m. ESPN 104.5 the Team Radio
Aug. 16 Live coverage of Saratoga racing 1 p.m. ESPN 104.5 the Team Radio

Note: All times listed are Eastern

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