Where to Watch/Listen: Horse Racing Coverage for May 28-31

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Racing at Churchill Downs. (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. All 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 several weeks where racing was relegated to only a handful of tracks, several prominent venues have started their meets this month, including Churchill Downs and Santa Anita Park. Those two tracks are both holding graded stakes during the upcoming weekend, and take center stage on the horse racing calendar before Belmont Park begins its shortened spring/summer meet on June 3.

Comprehensive Churchill Downs coverage will continue to be featured on the Fox Sports show “America’s Day at the Races.” Produced by NYRA and presented by Runhappy, Claiborne Farm, Twinspires.com and America's Best Racing, the show is hosted by Greg Wolf and Laffit Pincay III and the broadcast team includes Gary Stevens, Michelle Yu, Andy Serling, and Jonathon Kinchen

Air times for "America's Day at the Races" are on 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.

On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, NBCSN continues its simulcast of TVG's “Trackside Live," which shows live racing from Santa Anita Park and other tracks from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. ET. "Trackside Live" will also air on its home network, and TVG will show live racing from racetracks 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 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.

The guests for Saturday, May 30 are Jack Knowlton, manager of Sackatoga Stable which owns current Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve future-book favorite Tiz the Law, and and NYRA president and CEO David O'Rourke.

America’s Best Racing also continues its weekly "Thursday Night Live" show on its Facebook Live and YouTube channels. This week’s show on May 28 will be a live horseplayers Q&A featuring Mike Somich (Racing Dudes), Emily Gullikson (OptixEQ) and 2012 NHC winner Michael Beychok. Tune in at 7:30 p.m. ET.

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

TV/Livestream Schedule

Date

Program

Time

Network

May 28

"America's Day at the Races"

1 p.m.-6 p.m.

FS2

May 28

Live coverage of horse racing

post time varies

TVG

May 28

"Thursday Night Live" featuring a horseplayers Q&A

7:30 p.m.

Facebook Live and YouTube

May 29

"America's Day at the Races"

12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m and 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

FS2

May 29

Live coverage of horse racing

post time varies

TVG

May 29

TVG's "Trackside Live" 

4 p.m.-7 p.m.

NBCSN

May 30

"America's Day at the Races"

1 p.m.-4 p.m. and 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m. 

FS2

May 30

Live coverage of horse racing

post time varies

TVG

May 30

TVG's "Trackside Live" 

4 p.m.-8 p.m.

NBCSN

May 31

"America's Day at the Races"

1 p.m.-6 p.m. 

FS2

May 31

Live coverage of horse racing

post time varies

TVG

May 31

TVG's "Trackside Live"

4 p.m.-8 p.m.

NBCSN

Note: All times listed are Eastern

Radio Schedule

Date Program Time Network
May 28 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
May 28 Red Brand Radio 3 p.m. HRRN
May 28 Trainer Talk Presented by Fasig-Tipton 6 p.m. HRRN
May 29 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
May 29 Red Brand Radio 3 p.m. HRRN
May 29 Weekend Stakes Preview Presented by NYRA Bets 6 p.m. HRRN
May 30 Equine Forum Show 8 a.m. HRRN
May 30 Off to the Races on The Racing Biz Radio Network 10 a.m. ESPN 950 AM
May 30 "The Winner's Circle" presented by NYRA Bets, with host Bram Weinstein and featured guests Jack Knowlton and David O'Rourke 10 a.m. SB Nation Radio

Note: All times listed are Eastern

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