The New York Racing Association and MSG Networks reached a multi-year extension of their long-standing agreement for MSGN’s telecast of NYRA’s Thoroughbred racing programming, including NYRA’s flagship “Live” shows.
MSG+ will continue to be the regional home for NYRA racing from Aqueduct, Belmont Park, and Saratoga Race Course.
In 2018, MSGN’s coverage of NYRA racing will expand to include 225 hours of live racing and analysis, including all 40 days of “Saratoga Live.” With the addition of select “Aqueduct Live” shows, beginning with a special Charles Town Classic show on Saturday, April 21, MSGN expects to air 105 live shows over the remainder of 2018, an increase from its schedule of 97 live telecast days in 2017 between Belmont and Saratoga.
NYRA programming also will be available on MSG GO, MSGN’s live streaming, and video on demand platform for smartphones, tablets, and computers.
Hosted by Greg Wolf, MSGN’s broadcasts feature will include commentary and analysis from a combination NYRA personalities, including former MLB all-star Paul LoDuca, paddock analyst Maggie Wolfendale, handicapper Andy Serling, analyst Gabby Gaudet, and racecaller Larry Collmus.
“MSG Networks is proud to extend its agreement with our long-term partner, the New York Racing Association,” said Jeff Filippi, senior vice president of programming and production, and executive producer, MSG Networks. “Horse racing fans can once again look forward to extensive live coverage from three of America’s premiere racing venues.”
“Sports fans trust that MSG Networks is committed to providing consistent coverage of the best racing from NYRA tracks,” said Tony Allevato, executive producer for NYRA TV and president of NYRA Bets. “The strength of the NYRA/MSG relationship has allowed us to adapt our format and evolve our presentation to meet the viewers where they are today. We thank our friends at MSG for ensuring that the best racing in the country is also the most accessible in the years to come.”