Where to Watch/Listen: Horse Racing Coverage for April 15-20

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Fans enjoy a return to Keeneland during its 2021 spring meet. (Eclipse Sportswire)

The upcoming weekend in the horse racing world qualifies as a “calm before the storm” break before preparation for the 147thKentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve begins in earnest. The qualifying prep schedule is completed and connections of Derby contenders are now focusing on getting their horses as ready as possible to race their best when a global audience tunes in on May 1 for the “greatest two minutes in sports” under the twin spires at Churchill Downs.

There’s still plenty of great racing on tap over the next several days, however. Keeneland Race Course continues its boutique spring meet in Kentucky, while Aqueduct winds down its spring meet and Oaklawn Park does the same with its Racing Festival of the South.

The marquee race this weekend is the Grade 1 Apple Blossom Handicap at Oaklawn for older fillies and mares, and that race will be showcased on “America’s Day at the Races,” the NYRA-produced show presented by Claiborne Farm and America’s Best Racing. “America’s Best Racing” will run four days in a row this week on FS1 and FS2 starting Thursday, April 15, featuring racing from Aqueduct and Oaklawn – check the below schedule for air times.

Racing at Keeneland continues to be televised on TVG as part of their usual comprehensive racing coverage including Santa Anita Park and other tracks.

For live streaming coverage, on Thursday, April 15, the popular “La Trifecta” show returns at 8 p.m. ET. Presented en Espanol, the show is hosted by Darwin Vizcaya, Claudia Spadaro, and Annise Montplaisir. It airs on ABR’s Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube channels.

ABR's “Always Be Racing” live streaming show returns this Friday, April 16. 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 19. 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” are available as podcasts via Apple and Spotify.

On Monday, April 19, Churchill Downs kicks off a morning workout livestream watching contenders for the Kentucky Derby and Longines Kentucky Oaks as they get acclimated to the racing surface at the historic Louisville track. The show will air from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. over the next two weeks on Kentucky Derby social media channels as well as KentuckyDerby.com.

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 15

"America's Day at the Races"

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

FS2

April 15

Live coverage of horse racing

post time varies

TVG

April 15

"La Trifecta"

8 p.m.

Facebook, Twitter and YouTube

April 16

"America's Day at the Races"

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

FS2

April 16

Live coverage of horse racing

post time varies

TVG

April 16

"Always Be Racing"

3 p.m.

Facebook and Twitter

April 17

"America's Day at the Races"

5 p.m.-8 p.m.

FS2

April 17

Live coverage of horse racing

post time varies

TVG

April 18

"America's Day at the Races"

1 p.m.-2:30 p.m. on FS2, 2:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. on FS1, 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. on FS2

FS1 and FS2

April 18

Live coverage of horse racing

post time varies

TVG

April 19

Livestream of Kentucky Derby and Oaks workouts

7 a.m.-8 a.m.

KentuckyDerby.com

April 19

"The Winner's Circle"

11 a.m.

Facebook and Twitter

April 19

Live coverage of horse racing

post time varies

TVG

April 20

Livestream of Kentucky Derby and Oaks workouts

7 a.m.-8 a.m.

KentuckyDerby.com

April 20

Live coverage of horse racing

post time varies

TVG

Note: All times listed are Eastern

Radio Schedule

Date Program Time Network
April 15 At The Races with Steve Byk 9 a.m. Thoroughbred Radio Network
April 15 Race Day on HRRN Presented by TwinSpires 3 p.m. HRRN
April 15 Brisnet Call-in Show 6 p.m. HRRN
April 16 At The Races with Steve Byk 9 a.m. Thoroughbred Radio Network
April 16 Race Day on HRRN Presented by TwinSpires 3 p.m. HRRN
April 16 Weekend Stakes Preview Presented by NYRA Bets 6 p.m. HRRN
April 16 Inside Churchill Downs 6 p.m. ESPN 680/105.7
April 17 Equine Forum Show 8 a.m. HRRN
April 17 Off to the Races on The Racing Biz Radio Network 10 a.m. ESPN 950 AM
April 19 Thoroughbred Post with Les Salzman 5 p.m. www.WEQSN.com

Note: All times listed are Eastern

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