Where to Watch/Listen: 2021 Arkansas Derby Week

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Racing at Oaklawn Park during their popular spring meet. (Eclipse Sportswire)

On Saturday, April 10, the final major Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve also serves as the centerpiece of Oaklawn Park's popular spring meet and will be the focal point of TV/live streaming/radio coverage. 

The 85thArkansas Derby will give leading Kentucky Derby contender Concert Tour one final tune-up before the run for the roses, with five horses challenging him for supremacy in front of a COVID-19 limited crowd that will still enjoy an action-packed day that includes other important stakes races as part of Oaklawn’s Racing Festival of the South.

The Arkansas Derby distributes Kentucky Derby points to the top four finishers on a 100-40-20-10 basis. There will also be one final Derby points race held at Keeneland on Saturday, the Stonestreet Lexington Stakes. That race offers points on a 20-8-4-2 basis to the top four finishers. 

The Arkansas Derby will be televised by NBC Sports as part of their “Road to the Kentucky Derby” series during a one-hour program airing on NBCSN and beginning at 7 p.m. ET. The broadcast will feature NBC Sports’ award-winning horse racing team including analysts Randy Moss and retired Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey.

Oaklawn Park's racing through the weekend, including the Arkansas Derby, will be showcased on the NYRA-produced America’s Day at the Racesshow presented by Claiborne Farm and America's Best Racing. “America’s Best Racing” will run four days in a row this week on either FS1 or FS2 starting Thursday, April 8, showcasing racing from Aqueduct in addition to Oaklawn. Check the below schedule for air times.

Racing at picturesque Keeneland will be televised on TVG from Wednesday to Sunday as part of their usual comprehensive racing coverage including other tracks. 

For live streaming coverage, ABR's “Always Be Racing” live streaming show returns this Friday, April 9. Hosted by BlackJack Fletcher and Danielle Moinet, the show begins at 3 p.m. ET. “Always Be Racing” can be viewed on ABR's Facebook and Twitter channels as well as BlackJack's Twitter account and Danielle's Twitter account.

ABR's “The Winner’s Circle” returns for its usual Monday timeslot of 11 a.m. ET with a show on April 12. Presented by NYRA and NYRA Bets and hosted by Bram Weinstein and Dan Tordjman, “The Winner’s Circle” will recap the previous weekend's action, look ahead to upcoming major races, and feature interviews with the sport’s leading figures. “The Winner’s Circle” can be viewed on ABR’s Twitter and Facebook channels and Bram Weinstein’s Twitter channel. Archived episodes of “The Winner’s Circle” will be available as podcasts via Apple and Spotify.

Here's a rundown of television, live streaming, and radio coverage for the upcoming week:

TV/Live Streaming Schedule

Date

Program

Time

Network/Social Media

April 8

"America's Day at the Races"

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

FS2

April 8

Live coverage of horse racing

post time varies

TVG

April 9

"America's Day at the Races"

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

FS2

April 9

Live coverage of horse racing

post time varies

TVG

April 9

"Always Be Racing"

3 p.m.

Facebook and Twitter

April 10

"America's Day at the Races" including live broadcast of the Arkansas Derby

1 p.m.-3 p.m. on FS1, 3 p.m.-8 p.m. on FS2

FS1 and FS2

April 10

Live broadcast of the Arkansas Derby

7 p.m.-8 p.m.

NBCSN

April 10

Live coverage of horse racing

post time varies

TVG

April 11

"America's Day at the Races"

1 p.m.-4 p.m. on FS2, 4 p.m.-6:30 p.m. on FS1

FS1 and FS2

April 11

Live coverage of horse racing

post time varies

TVG

April 12

"The Winner's Circle"

11 a.m.

Facebook and Twitter

April 12

Live coverage of horse racing

post time varies

TVG

Note: All times listed are Eastern

Radio Schedule

Date Program Time Network
April 8 At The Races with Steve Byk 9 a.m. Thoroughbred Radio Network
April 8 Race Day on HRRN Presented by TwinSpires 3 p.m. HRRN
April 8 Brisnet Call-in Show 6 p.m. HRRN
April 9 At The Races with Steve Byk 9 a.m. Thoroughbred Radio Network
April 9 Race Day on HRRN Presented by TwinSpires 3 p.m. HRRN
April 9 Weekend Stakes Preview Presented by NYRA Bets 6 p.m. HRRN
April 9 Inside Churchill Downs 6 p.m. ESPN 680/105.7
April 10 Equine Forum Show 8 a.m. HRRN
April 10 Off to the Races on The Racing Biz Radio Network 10 a.m. ESPN 950 AM

Note: All times listed are Eastern

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