Where to Watch/Listen: Horse Racing Coverage for Labor Day Weekend 2022

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Horses round the first turn at Saratoga to the sound of cheering fans. (Eclipse Sportswire)

After a thrilling weekend highlighted by Epicenter’s win in the Runhappy Travers Stakes, the summertime portion of the North American Thoroughbred racing calendar reaches its swan song over the upcoming Labor Day weekend.

Five Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Challenge Series races are on the schedule, highlighted by two crucial preps for the Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic set for Saturday: the Jockey Club Gold Cup Stakes at Saratoga, and the TVG Pacific Classic Stakes at Del Mar. The Pacific Classic is set to feature the return of budding star Flightline, who leads the latest media poll rankings of Breeders’ Cup Classic contenders.

The Jockey Club Gold Cup, along with the Flower Bowl Stakes (a “Win and You’re In” race for the Maker’s Mark Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf) will be shown live on NBC during a broadcast from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. ET as part of their Road to the Breeders’ Cup series presented by America’s Best Racing.

Other key races at Saratoga during its final weekend will air on “Saratoga Live,” including the Spinaway Stakes Sunday for 2-year-old fillies and the Hopeful Stakes for 2-year-old males on Labor Day, Saratoga’s closing day. NYRA-produced “Saratoga Live” will be shown on FS2 and FS1 from Wednesday through Monday – check the below schedule for air times.

The Pacific Classic along with the Del Mar Handicap Presented by The Japan Racing Association (a Challenge Series prep for the Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf) and the Green Flash Handicap (a qualifier for the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint) will be broadcast on FanDuel TV. The longtime horse racing network TVG is undergoing a brand name change this week to incorporate new sports betting content and more closely identify with parent company FanDuel. The newly branded FanDuel TV will continue to air horse races from around the world as part of its package, including the boutique FanDuel meet at Kentucky Downs, which kicks off on Thursday.

Horse racing from tracks around the world is available to subscribers on Racetrack Television Network (RTN), which can be livestreamed on all devices (computer, tablet and smartphone) and on TV via DISH Network, Amazon Fire and Roku.

For livestreaming content, “Saratoga Saturdays” wraps up for the year on Saturday Sept. 3 at 9 a.m. ET. Presented by NYRA Bets, the show is hosted by Jonathon Kinchen and Anita Marks and will preview the Jockey Club Gold Cup, the Flower Bowl, and other big races at the Spa. “Saratoga Saturdays” is available on ABR’s Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube channels as well as Jonathon’s Twitter account and Anita’s Twitter account.

Also, the second installment of the three-part “Breeders’ Cup en Vivo” series for 2022 is set for Saturday, covering the TVG Pacific Classic. The livestream, presented en español, is hosted by Claudia Spadaro, Darwin Vizcaya, Emanuel Aguilar, Roberto Rodriguez and Annise Montplaisir and airs at 7:30 p.m. ET on Breeders’ Cup’s Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube channels.

Here’s a rundown of TV, livestreaming, and radio coverage for the week.

TV and Livestream Schedule

Date

Program

Time

Network/Social Media

Aug. 31

"Saratoga Live"

1 p.m.-3 p.m. on FS2, 3 p.m.-6 p.m. on FS1, 6 p.m.-6:30 p.m. on FS2

FS2 and FS1

Aug. 31

Live coverage of horse racing

post time varies

FanDuel TV

Aug. 31

Live coverage of horse racing

post time varies

Racetrack Television Network

Sept. 1

"Saratoga Live"

1 p.m.-3 p.m. on FS2, 3 p.m.-5 p.m. on FS1, 5 p.m.-7 p.m. on FS2

FS2 and FS1

Sept. 1

Live coverage of horse racing including opening day at Kentucky Downs

post time varies

FanDuel TV

Sept. 1

Live coverage of horse racing

post time varies

Racetrack Television Network

Sept. 2

"Saratoga Live"

1 p.m.-3 p.m. on FS2, 3 p.m.-6 p.m. on FS1, 6 p.m.-6:30 p.m. on FS2

FS2 and FS1

Sept. 2

Live coverage of horse racing

post time varies

FanDuel TV

Sept. 2

Live coverage of horse racing

post time varies

Racetrack Television Network

Sept. 3

"Saratoga Saturdays"

9 a.m.

Facebook, Twitter and YouTube

Sept. 3

"Saratoga Live"

12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.-7 p.m.

FS2

Sept. 3

Broadcast of the Jockey Club Gold Cup and Flower Bowl Stakes

4:30 p.m.-6 p.m.

NBC

Sept. 3

"Breeders' Cup en Vivo"

7:30 p.m.

Facebook, Twitter and YouTube

Sept. 3

Live coverage of horse racing including the TVG Pacific Classic Stakes

post time varies

FanDuel TV

Sept. 3

Live coverage of horse racing

post time varies

Racetrack Television Network

Sept. 4

"Saratoga Live"

12:30 p.m.-7 p.m.

FS2

Sept. 4

Live coverage of horse racing

post time varies

FanDuel TV

Sept. 4

Live coverage of horse racing

post time varies

Racetrack Television Network

Sept. 5

"Saratoga Live"

2 p.m.-7 p.m.

FS2

Sept. 5

Live coverage of horse racing

post time varies

FanDuel TV

Sept. 5

Live coverage of horse racing

post time varies

Racetrack Television Network

Note: All times listed are Eastern

Radio Schedule

Date Program Time Network
Aug. 31 At The Races with Steve Byk 9 a.m. Thoroughbred Radio Network
Aug. 31 Trainer Talk Presented by Fasig-Tipton 6 p.m. HRRN
Sept. 1 At The Races with Steve Byk 9 a.m. Thoroughbred Radio Network
Sept. 1 RaceDay on HRRN 4 p.m. HRRN
Sept. 1 Brisnet Call-In Show 6 p.m. HRRN
Sept. 2 At The Races with Steve Byk 9 a.m. Thoroughbred Radio Network
Sept. 2 Betting with Bobby Presented by Caesars Racebook 4 p.m. HRRN
Sept. 2 Weekend Stakes Preview Presented by NYRA Bets 6 p.m. HRRN
Sept. 3 Equine Forum Presented by TwinSpires 8 a.m. HRRN
Sept. 3 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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