Where to Watch/Listen: Horse Racing Coverage for July 22-26

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Racing on the second day of Saratoga’s 2020 summer meet. (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. Most racetracks currently operating are doing so without spectators, and have instituted strict safety screening protocols for essential employees who are already on the grounds to provide daily care for horses. 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. (All proceeds from the Old Smoke T-shirt on sale below will go to the TJC Safety Net Foundation.)

Starting Wednesday, July 22, racing ramps up at the Saratoga Race Course meet in upstate New York as it fills out a Wednesday-Sunday weekly schedule of racing that will continue through Labor Day. The upcoming week's slate is highlighted by the Grade 1 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Stakes on Saturday, July 25. 

Saratoga’s meet, which will be held without spectators, will be covered in its entirety on the Fox Sports show "Saratoga Live." Air times for "Saratoga Live" are on either FS1 or FS2 according to the schedule below. The show will 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.

TVG continues its usual schedule of broadcasting live racing from tracks around the country including comprehensive coverage of Del Mar's meet in California.

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 Mailloux and Emily Gullikson and will be shown on ABR’s Facebook Live 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.

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 SB Nation Radio. Subscribe to "The Winner's Circle" on Apple Podcasts to listen to archived episodes.

The July 25 "Winner's Circle" podcast recaps the first half of a very eventful 2020 in horse racing by looking back at several of the show's best interviews from earlier in the year, including Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas.

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

TV/Livestream Schedule

Date

Program

Time

Network

July 22

"Saratoga Live"

1 p.m.-6 p.m.

FS2

July 22

Live coverage of horse racing

post time varies

TVG

July 23

"Saratoga Live"

1 p.m.-6 p.m.

FS2

July 23

Live coverage of horse racing

post time varies

TVG

July 23

"Woodbine Live" presented by America's Best Racing

6 p.m.-8 p.m.

Facebook Live and YouTube

July 23

Woodbine's "Racing Night Live"

6 p.m.-8 p.m.

YouTube

July 24

"Saratoga Live"

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

FS2

July 24

Live coverage of horse racing

post time varies

TVG

July 25

"Saratoga Live"

1 p.m.-3:30 p.m. on FS2, 3:30-7 p.m. on FS1

FS1 and FS2

July 25

Live coverage of horse racing

post time varies

TVG

July 26

"Saratoga Live"

1 p.m.-3 p.m. on FS1, 3-6:30 p.m. on FS2

FS1 and FS2

July 26

Live coverage of horse racing

post time varies

TVG

Note: All times listed are Eastern

Radio Schedule

Date Program Time Network
July 22 At The Races with Steve Byk 9 a.m. Thoroughbred Radio Network
July 22 Red Brand Radio 3 p.m. HRRN
July 22 Traine Talk Presented by Fasig-Tipton 6 p.m. HRRN
July 23 At The Races with Steve Byk 9 a.m. Thoroughbred Radio Network
July 23 Red Brand Radio 3 p.m. HRRN
July 23 Brisnet Call-In Show 6 p.m. HRRN
July 24 At The Races with Steve Byk 9 a.m. Thoroughbred Radio Network
July 24 Red Brand Radio 3 p.m. HRRN
July 24 Weekend Stakes Preview Presented by NYRA Bets 6 p.m. HRRN
July 25 Equine Forum Show 8 a.m. HRRN
July 25 Off to the Races on The Racing Biz Radio Network 10 a.m. ESPN 950 AM
July 25 "The Winner's Circle" presented by NYRA Bets, with host Bram Weinstein and guests including D. Wayne Lukas 10 a.m. SB Nation Radio

Note: All times listed are Eastern

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