Where to Watch/Listen: July 4 Holiday Weekend 2022

Events / Travel
Horses race on the backstretch at Churchill Downs on the 2022 Kentucky Derby undercard. (Eclipse Sportswire)

The Road to the 2022 Breeders’ Cup World Championships returns this upcoming Independence Day holiday weekend with two Challenge Series “Win and You’re In” preps on the schedule. Overall, the extended weekend is loaded with top-notch racing coast to coast, serving as the unofficial kickoff to summer season that will soon be enhanced by the opening of elite meets at Saratoga and Del Mar.

On Saturday, July 2, Churchill Downs hosts the Stephen Foster Stakes, a “Win and You’re In” qualifier for the Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic Nov. 5 at Keeneland Race Course. At Gulfstream Park, the Princess Rooney Invitational Stakes will be run, offering the winner an automatic berth to the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint, also on Nov. 5.

NBC Sports will televise the Stephen Foster during a broadcast from 4-6 p.m. ET on NBC, along with other stakes races from Churchill Downs and previews and analysis of the upcoming Challenge Series schedule through the summer and into autumn. Bonus coverage will include a live telecast of the Princess Rooney.

Racing from Belmont Park and Churchill Downs (aside from the NBC slate on July 2) will be shown live on “America’s Day at the Races.” The NYRA-produced show airs from Wednesday, June 29, to Monday, July 4, on FS2 and FS1 – check the below schedule for air times. Churchill Downs ends its spring/summer meet with a holiday racecard on July 4.

The Princess Rooney and other races from Gulfstream Park will be shown live on TVG through the time frame, as will racing from other tracks in the U.S. and abroad including Monmouth Park, Laurel Park, and Woodbine.

America’s Best Racing’s livestreaming content returns this week with a show on Saturday, July 2, focusing on racing from Woodbine as their calendar kicks into high gear. “Woodbine Live! Path to the Plate” returns for its second show with a focus on the Grade 3 Marine Stakes for 3-year-olds, a prep race for the prestigious Queen’s Plate Aug. 21.

“Woodbine Live! Path to the Plate” is hosted by J.D. Fox, Jessica Paquette, Emily Gullikson, Ren Carothers and Chase Sessoms and will feature analysis from Dawn Lupul. It airs on ABR’s Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube channels and on Woodbine’s Facebook and Twitter channels, with a start time to be announced soon.

Here's a guide to this week’s TV, livestreaming, and radio horse racing coverage.

TV and Livestream Schedule

Date

Program

Time

Network/Social Media

June 29

"America's Day at the Races"

12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

FS2

June 29

Live coverage of horse racing

post time varies

TVG

June 30

"America's Day at the Races"

3 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

FS2

June 30

Live coverage of horse racing

post time varies

TVG

July 1

"America's Day at the Races"

12:30 p.m.-6 p.m.

FS2

July 1

Live coverage of horse racing

post time varies

TVG

July 2

"America's Day at the Races"

12:30 p.m.-3 p.m. on FS1, 3 p.m.-5 p.m. on FS2

FS1 and FS2

July 2

Broadcast of the Stephen Foster Stakes

4 p.m.-6 p.m.

NBC

July 2

Live coverage of horse racing including broadcast of the Princess Rooney Invitational Stakes

post time varies

TVG

July 2

"Woodbine Live! Path to the Plate: Marine Stakes"

TBA

Facebook, Twitter and YouTube

July 3

"America's Day at the Races"

12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. on FS2, 1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. on FS1

FS2 and FS1

July 3

Live coverage of horse racing

post time varies

TVG

July 4

"America's Day at the Races"

12:30 p.m.-6 p.m.

FS2

July 4

Live coverage of horse racing

post time varies

TVG

Note: All times listed are Eastern

Radio Schedule

Date Program Time Network
June 29 At The Races with Steve Byk 9 a.m. Thoroughbred Radio Network
June 29 Trainer Talk Presented by Fasig-Tipton 6 p.m. HRRN
June 30 At The Races with Steve Byk 9 a.m. Thoroughbred Radio Network
June 30 Race Day on HRRN 4 p.m. HRRN
June 30 Brisnet Call-In Show 6 p.m. HRRN
July 1 At The Races with Steve Byk 9 a.m. Thoroughbred Radio Network
July 1 Betting with Bobby Presented by Caesars Racebook 4 p.m. HRRN
July 1 Weekend Stakes Preview Presented by NYRA Bets 6 p.m. HRRN
July 1 Inside Churchill Downs 6 p.m. ESPN 680/105.7
July 2 Equine Forum Presented by TwinSpires 8 a.m. HRRN
July 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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