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

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Horses race at Churchill Downs during Kentucky Derby week 2017. (Eclipse Sportswire)

Over the next week and a half, the eyes of the horse racing world will be laser-focused on Churchill Downs as contenders for the 147thKentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve arrive and prepare for the most popular race in North America, if not the world. The historic Louisville racetrack kicks off its spring/summer meet Saturday, April 24, with a Downs After Dark card one week ahead of the Derby on May 1.

Racing at Churchill will be featured on “America’s Day at the Races” starting with the evening Saturday action and continuing on through Kentucky Derby week and beyond. The NYRA-produced show presented by Claiborne Farm and America’s Best Racing will also broadcast live racing from Belmont Park starting with the opening day of its spring/summer meet on Thursday, April 22, and continue to feature racing from Oaklawn Park. “America’s Day at the Races” will run four days in a row this week on FS2 starting Thursday with a marathon 10-hour show scheduled for Saturday – check the below schedule for air times.

Also this week, Keeneland Race Course's spring meet comes to a close on Friday, April 23. TVG will show Keeneland's finale as part of their usual comprehensive racing coverage including Santa Anita Park and other tracks.

For live streaming coverage, ABR's “Always Be Racing” show returns this Friday, April 23. 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 26. 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 and look ahead to the Kentucky Derby and arguably the biggest week of the year in horse racing. “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.

Also this week, Churchill Downs contiues its 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. on Kentucky Derby social media channels as well as KentuckyDerby.com.

Lastly, this Sunday, April 25, the Second Stride foundation for retired Thoroughbreds will host a handicapping seminar and fundraiser moderated by former Courier-Journal turf writer and current racetrack publicist Jennie Rees and featuring Daily Racing Form’s Marty McGee, BloodHorse’s Byron King, and TVG’s Alicia Hughes. The event kicks off at 6 p.m. ET and can be viewed on Second Stride’s Facebook, Twitter and YouTube feeds.

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 22

Livestream of Kentucky Derby and Oaks workouts

7 a.m.-8 a.m.

KentuckyDerby.com

April 22

"America's Day at the Races"

1 p.m.-5 p.m.

FS2

April 22

Live coverage of horse racing

post time varies

TVG

April 23

Livestream of Kentucky Derby and Oaks workouts

7 a.m.-8 a.m.

KentuckyDerby.com

April 23

"America's Day at the Races"

1 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

FS2

April 23

Live coverage of horse racing

post time varies

TVG

April 23

"Always Be Racing"

3 p.m.

Facebook and Twitter

April 24

Livestream of Kentucky Derby and Oaks workouts

7 a.m.-8 a.m.

KentuckyDerby.com

April 24

"America's Day at the Races"

1 p.m.-11 p.m.

FS2

April 24

Live coverage of horse racing

post time varies

TVG

April 25

Livestream of Kentucky Derby and Oaks workouts

7 a.m.-8 a.m.

KentuckyDerby.com

April 25

"America's Day at the Races"

1 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

FS2

April 25

Live coverage of horse racing

post time varies

TVG

April 25

Second Stride Kentucky Derby Event

6 p.m.

Facebook, Twitter and YouTube

April 26

Livestream of Kentucky Derby and Oaks workouts

7 a.m.-8 a.m.

KentuckyDerby.com

April 26

"The Winner's Circle"

11 a.m.

Facebook and Twitter

April 26

Live coverage of horse racing

post time varies

TVG

Note: All times listed are Eastern

Radio Schedule

Date Program Time Network
April 22 At The Races with Steve Byk 9 a.m. Thoroughbred Radio Network
April 22 Race Day on HRRN Presented by TwinSpires 3 p.m. HRRN
April 22 Brisnet Call-in Show 6 p.m. HRRN
April 23 At The Races with Steve Byk 9 a.m. Thoroughbred Radio Network
April 23 Race Day on HRRN Presented by TwinSpires 3 p.m. HRRN
April 23 Weekend Stakes Preview Presented by NYRA Bets 6 p.m. HRRN
April 23 Inside Churchill Downs 6 p.m. ESPN 680/105.7
April 24 Equine Forum Show 8 a.m. HRRN
April 24 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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