Where to Watch/Listen: Florida Derby and Arkansas Derby Week 2022

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Fans enjoy racing during Oaklawn Park's 2022 meet. (Coady Photography)

The first weekend of April is usually a big one in the world of North American horse racing and this year is no different, with three 170-point prep races for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve on the schedule for Saturday, April 2. The marquee events are in Florida and Arkansas, starting with the $1 million, Grade 1 Curlin Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park. Later Saturday evening, Oaklawn Park will run the $1.25 million, Grade 1 Arkansas Derby, which this year is moved up two weeks from its normal spot on the calendar.

Not to be overlooked is the final Derby prep for Saturday: the $600,000, Grade 3 Jeff Ruby Steaks at Turfway Park in northern Kentucky. Each of these preps distributes Kentucky Derby qualifying points to the top four finishers on a 100-40-20-10 scale.

The Florida Derby will be shown live on CNBC during a show from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. ET, as part of NBC Sports’ “Road to the Kentucky Derby” series of telecasts. Ahmed Fareed hosts Saturday’s coverage alongside analysts Jerry Bailey, the Hall of Fame jockey who won the Florida Derby three times, and Randy Moss. The Jeff Ruby Steaks will be shown live during the CNBC broadcast, as will the $250,000, Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Oaks for 3-year-old fillies.

The Arkansas Derby will be broadcast on “America’s Day at the Races.” The NYRA-produced show, also featuring races from Aqueduct and Tampa Bay Downs, airs from Thursday to Sunday on FS2 and FS1 – check the schedule below. The Arkansas Derby has a scheduled post time of 7:35 p.m. ET and will air on FS1. Laffit Pincay III will host Saturday’s coverage from Oaklawn alongside retired Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens with live reporting from Maggie Wolfendale. Greg Wolf will host the coverage from Aqueduct with analysis to be provided by Andy Serling, Richard Migliore, Anthony Stabile and New York-based trainer Rick Schosberg. 

In addition to CNBC and Fox Sports coverage, the Florida Derby, Arkansas Derby, and Jeff Ruby Steaks will each be broadcast on TVG as part of its comprehensive package. 

Here’s a guide to TV and radio coverage for the week:

TV Schedule

Date

Program

Time

Network/Social Media

March 30

Live coverage of horse racing

post time varies

TVG

March 31

"America's Day at the Races"

2:30 p.m.-6 p.m.

FS2

March 31

Live coverage of horse racing

post time varies

TVG

April 1

"America's Day at the Races"

3 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

FS2

April 1

Live coverage of horse racing

post time varies

TVG

April 2

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

1:30 p.m.-4 p.m. on FS2; 4 p.m.-8:30 p.m. on FS1

FS1 and FS2

April 2

Broadcast of the Florida Derby, Jeff Ruby Steaks, and Gulfstream Park Oaks

6 p.m.-7 p.m.

CNBC

April 2

Live coverage of horse racing

post time varies

TVG

April 3

"America's Day at the Races"

3 p.m.-4:30 p.m. on FS1; 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. on FS2

FS1 and FS2

April 3

Live coverage of horse racing

post time varies

TVG

Note: All times listed are Eastern

Radio Schedule

Date Program Time Network
March 30 At The Races with Steve Byk 9 a.m. Thoroughbred Radio Network
March 30 Trainer Talk Presented by Fasig-Tipton 6 p.m. HRRN
March 31 At The Races with Steve Byk 9 a.m. Thoroughbred Radio Network
March 31 Race Day on HRRN 4 p.m. HRRN
March 31 Brisnet Call-In Show 6 p.m. HRRN
April 1 At The Races with Steve Byk 9 a.m. Thoroughbred Radio Network
April 1 RaceDay on HRRN 4 p.m. HRRN
April 1 Weekend Stakes Preview Presented by NYRA Bets 6 p.m. HRRN
April 2 Equine Forum Presented by TwinSpires 8 a.m. HRRN
April 2 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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