Where to Watch/Listen: Pacific Classic and Queen's Plate Week 2021

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A scene from Del Mar on Pacific Classic day 2019. (Eclipse Sportswire)

The upcoming weekend in North American horse racing offers big-name events on both coasts and also north of the border, with plentiful media coverage on hand. When all is said and done, it should be one of the most exciting 48 hours of the summer.

Del Mar, the must-visit seaside track in southern California, hosts the marquee racecard of its summer meet on Saturday, Aug. 21, featuring two Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series “Win and You’re In” preps. The TVG Pacific Classic offers an expenses-paid berth to the Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic to the race winner, while the winner of the Del Mar Handicap Presented by Japan Racing Association will be awarded a reserved spot in the Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf. The 2021 World Championships will be held at Del Mar on Nov. 5-6.

The Pacific Classic and Del Mar Handicap will be broadcast live on TVG along with all other races at Del Mar as part of their comprehensive coverage of the track “where the turf meets the surf.”

On Sunday, Aug. 22, the 162nd running of the Queen’s Plate will be held at Woodbine in Toronto. The Queen’s Plate is the first leg of Canada’s Triple Crown series and will also be broadcast live on TVG.

At Saratoga Race Course, the main event Saturday is the Alabama Stakes for 3-year-old fillies. All of Saratoga’s races will be shown live on the NYRA-produced show Saratoga Live.” The show, produced on-site at the Spa, airs on either FS2 or FS1 during the week ahead from Wednesday to Sunday – check the below schedule for air times. 

A very busy live streaming schedule is headlined by two ABR-produced shows devoted to the Pacific Classic and Queen’s Plate. On Saturday, ABR presents “Breeders’ Cup LIVE! Road to the Longines Classic: The TVG Pacific Classic.” This show will also feature the Del Mar Handicap. It will be hosted by Dan Tordjman, Bram Weinstein, Ren Carothers, and Matt Bernier. “Breeders’ Cup LIVE! Road to the Longines Classic: The TVG Pacific Classic” will be live streamed on ABR’s Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube pages and also on Breeders’ Cup’s Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube pages.

On Sunday, ABR will live stream “Woodbine LIVE! The Queen’s Plate,” a show devoted to the historic race. Presented by Woodbine, the show will be hosted by Dan Tordjman, Ellis Starr, Ren Carothers, and J.D. Fox and also feature correspondent Sheri Ridoch live from Woodbine. It will be live streamed on ABR’s Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube channels.

Start times for both of these shows will be announced later this week.

The week's live streaming slate kicks off Thursday, Aug. 19, with a new edition of “La Trifecta” airing 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.

On Friday, Aug. 20, “Always Be Racing” returns for a new show. 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 “Saratoga Saturdays” live streaming show continues this Saturday, Aug. 21, at 9 a.m. ET. The morning show, hosted by Jonathon Kinchen and Anita Marks, will delve deeply into all things Spa-specific and preview the major Saturday races. “Saratoga Saturdays” can be viewed on ABR’s Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube channels as well as Jonathon’s Twitter account and Anita’s Twitter account, and it will air every Saturday through Sept. 4.

ABR's “The Winner’s Circle” returns for its usual Monday timeslot of 11 a.m. ET with a show on Aug. 23. Presented by NYRA and NYRA Bets and hosted by Bram Weinstein and Dan Tordjman, “The Winner’s Circle” will wrap up the weekend and look ahead to the Travers Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets. “The Winner’s Circle” can be viewed on ABR’s Facebook and Twitter channels and Bram Weinstein’s Twitter channel. Archived episodes of “The Winner’s Circle” are 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

Aug. 18

"Saratoga Live"

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

FS2

Aug. 18

Live coverage of horse racing

post time varies

TVG

Aug. 19

"Saratoga Live"

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

FS2

Aug. 19

Live coverage of horse racing

post time varies

TVG

Aug. 19

"La Trifecta"

8 p.m.

Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube

Aug. 20

"Saratoga Live"

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

FS2

Aug. 20

"Always Be Racing"

3 p.m.

Facebook and Twitter

Aug. 20

Live coverage of horse racing

post time varies

TVG

Aug. 21

"Saratoga Saturdays"

9 a.m.

Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube

Aug. 21

"Saratoga Live"

2 p.m.-7 p.m.

FS2

Aug. 21

Live coverage of horse racing including broadcasts of the TVG Pacific Classic and Del Mar Handicap Presented by Japan Racing Association

post time varies

TVG

Aug. 21

"Breeders' Cup LIVE! Road to the Longines Classic: The TVG Pacific Classic"

TBA

Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube

Aug. 22

"Saratoga Live"

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

FS2 and FS1

Aug. 22

Live coverage of horse racing including broadcast of the Queen's Plate

post time varies

TVG

Aug. 22

"Woodbine LIVE! The Queen's Plate"

TBA

Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube

Aug. 23

"The Winner's Circle"

11 a.m.

Facebook and Twitter

Aug. 23

Live coverage of horse racing

post time varies

TVG

Note: All times listed are Eastern

Radio Schedule

Date Program Time Network
Aug. 18 At The Races with Steve Byk 9 a.m. Thoroughbred Radio Network
Aug. 18 Race Day on HRRN Presented by TwinSpires 3 p.m. HRRN
Aug. 18 Trainer Talk Presented by Fasig-Tipton 6 p.m. HRRN
Aug. 19 At The Races with Steve Byk 9 a.m. Thoroughbred Radio Network
Aug. 19 Race Day on HRRN Presented by TwinSpires 3 p.m. HRRN
Aug. 19 Brisnet Call-in Show 6 p.m. HRRN
Aug. 20 At The Races with Steve Byk 9 a.m. Thoroughbred Radio Network
Aug. 20 Race Day on HRRN Presented by TwinSpires 3 p.m. HRRN
Aug. 20 Weekend Stakes Preview Presented by NYRA Bets 6 p.m. HRRN
Aug. 21 Equine Forum Show 8 a.m. HRRN
Aug. 21 Off to the Races on The Racing Biz Radio Network 10 a.m. ESPN 950 AM
Aug. 21 Broadcast of the full Saratoga race card 1 p.m. ESPN 104.5 FM The Team
Aug. 22 Broadcast of the full Saratoga race card 1 p.m. ESPN 104.5 FM The Team
Aug. 22 Thoroughbred Post with Les Salzman 5 p.m. www.WEQSN.com

Note: All times listed are Eastern

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