Where to Watch/Listen: Horse Racing Coverage for June 11-14

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Spectatorless racing at Belmont 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. 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.)

After a couple of months where racing was relegated to only a handful of tracks, several prominent venues started their meets over the last few weeks, including Churchill DownsSanta Anita Park, and Belmont Park. This weekend’s schedule is highlighted by the Grade 1 Ogden Phipps Stakes Saturday at Belmont Park, a Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series “Win and You’re In” automatic qualifier for the Longines Distaff in November at Keeneland.

NBC will present live coverage of the Belmont Stakes, which kicks off the Triple Crown this unusual year, a week from Saturday on June 20. As a lead-in to that broadcast, Saturday NBC will air “Horse of a Lifetime: American Pharoah’s Run to the Breeders’ Cup Classic,” which looks back on 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah’s final race in the Classic at Keeneland that capped off his Horse of the Year campaign. The NBC Sports special airs June 13 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. ET.

Racing at Belmont Park and Churchill Downs will be featured on Fox Sports show "America’s Day at the Races," running from Thursday, June 11 to Sunday, June 14. Air times for "America's Day at the Races" 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.

This weekend, NBCSN continues its simulcast of TVG's “Trackside Live," which shows live racing from Santa Anita Park and other tracks – check the schedule below for air dates and times. "Trackside Live" will also air on its home network, and TVG will show live racing from tracks around the country as per usual starting earlier each day as part of its 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, 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 guest for Saturday, June 13 are Kentucky Derby-winning trainer John Shirreffs, who conditions 2020 contender Honor A. P., and jockey Joey Martinez.

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

TV/Livestream Schedule

Date

Program

Time

Network

June 11

"America's Day at the Races"

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

FS2

June 11

Live coverage of horse racing

post time varies

TVG

June 12

"America's Day at the Races"

1 p.m.-2:20 p.m and 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. 

FS2

June 12

Live coverage of horse racing

post time varies

TVG

June 12

TVG's "Trackside Live" 

4 p.m.-8 p.m.

NBCSN

June 13

"America's Day at the Races"

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

FS1 and FS2

June 13

Live coverage of horse racing

post time varies

TVG

June 13

"Finally the One: American Pharoah's Run to the Triple Crown"

4 p.m.-6 p.m.

NBC

June 13

TVG's "Trackside Live" 

6 p.m.-8 p.m.

NBCSN

June 14

"America's Day at the Races"

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

FS1 and FS2

June 14

Live coverage of horse racing

post time varies

TVG

June 14

TVG's "Trackside Live" 

4 p.m.-7 p.m.

NBCSN

Note: All times listed are Eastern

Radio Schedule

Date Program Time Network
June 11 At The Races with Steve Byk: Shedrow Confidential with Steve Haskin, Vegas Racebook with Rich Eng, and other guests 9 a.m. Thoroughbred Radio Network
June 11 Red Brand Radio 3 p.m. HRRN
June 11 Brisnet Call-In Show 6 p.m. HRRN
June 12 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
June 12 Red Brand Radio 3 p.m. HRRN
June 12 Weekend Stakes Preview Presented by NYRA Bets 6 p.m. HRRN
June 13 Equine Forum Show 8 a.m. HRRN
June 13 Off to the Races on The Racing Biz Radio Network 10 a.m. ESPN 950 AM
June 13 "The Winner's Circle" presented by NYRA Bets, with host Bram Weinstein and featured guests John Shirreffs and Joey Martinez 10 a.m. SB Nation Radio

Note: All times listed are Eastern

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