Where to Watch/Listen: Florida Derby and Dubai World Cup Week 2021

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Racing at Gulfstream Park on Florida Derby day 2020. (Ryan Thompson/Coglianese Photo)

The final weekend of March is shaping up to be perhaps the biggest in the world of horse racing so far in 2021. Two Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve qualifying races each offering a total of 170 points are scheduled for Saturday in the U.S., and another one will be run in the United Arab Emirates along with a smorgasbord of top-class racing as part of the Dubai World Cup card.

Gulfstream Park hosts the Curlin Florida Derby Presented by Hill ‘n’ Dale Farm at Xalapa on March 27, while Turfway Park will run the Jeff Ruby Steaks. Both races distribute Kentucky Derby points to the top four finishers on a 100-40-20-10 basis – a significant increase for the Jeff Ruby in 2021.

At Meydan Racecourse on March 27, the UAE Derby Sponsored by Emirates NBD will also offer 170 points to the top four finishers. That race precedes the Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates Airline, a $12 million contest that is expected to draw U.S. horses Mystic Guide, Jesus’ Team, Sleepy Eyes Todd, and Title Ready.

The Florida Derby will be televised by NBC Sports as part of their “Road to the Kentucky Derby” series during a program airing on NBCSN and beginning at 6 p.m. ET. The broadcast will feature NBC Sports’ award-winning horse racing team including analysts Randy Moss and retired Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey.

The UAE Derby and Dubai World Cup will be televised on the NYRA-produced America’s Day at the Racesshow presented by Claiborne Farm and America's Best Racing as part of an extensive Saturday broadcast. The coverage will begin at 8 a.m. ET from Meydan and conclude at 7:30 p.m., airing on FS1 and FS2 and also featuring racing from Aqueduct and Oaklawn Park. Check the below schedule for channels and air times.

Saturday’s Jeff Ruby Steaks will be televised on TVG as part of their usual comprehensive racing coverage.

A busy week of live streaming coverage is headlined by ABR’s “Gulfstream Park: Road to the Derby Live!” on Saturday, March 27. Hosts Dan Tordjman, Bram Weinstein and Aly Vance will host the live and interactive show that will bring you up-to-the-minute analysis and insights into the Florida Derby. They’ll be joined by live guests on-site at Gulfstream Park including ABR contributors former WWE star Summer Rae (Danielle Moinet), BlackJack Fletcher, Ashley Mailloux, and more. The show will be live streamed on ABR’s Facebook, Twitter and YouTube channels and also on Gulfstream Park’s Facebook and Twitter channels with a start time to be announced soon.

On Thursday, March 25 the popular “La Trifecta” show returns at 8 p.m. ET with a Florida Derby focus. 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.

ABR's “Always Be Racing” live streaming show returns this Friday, March 26. 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 “The Winner’s Circle” returns for its usual Monday timeslot of 11 a.m. ET with a show on March 29. Presented by NYRA and NYRA Bets and hosted by Bram Weinstein and Dan Tordjman, “The Winner’s Circle” will recap the previous weekend's action, look ahead to upcoming major races, and feature interviews with the sport’s leading figures. “The Winner’s Circle” can be viewed on ABR’s Twitter and Facebook channels and Bram Weinstein’s Twitter channel. Archived episodes of “The Winner’s Circle” will be 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

March 25

Live coverage of horse racing

post time varies

TVG

March 25

"La Trifecta"

8 p.m.

Facebook, Twitter and YouTube

March 26

Live coverage of horse racing

post time varies

TVG

March 26

"Always Be Racing"

3 p.m.

Facebook and Twitter

March 27

"America's Day at the Races"

8 a.m.-1 p.m. on FS1, 2:30 p.m.-3 p.m. on FS2, 3 p.m.-4:30 p.m. on FS1, 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. on FS2

FS1 and FS2

March 27

Gulfstream Park: Road to the Derby Live!

6 p.m.

Facebook, Twitter and YouTube

March 27

Live broadcast of the Florida Derby

6 p.m.-7 p.m.

NBCSN

March 27

Live coverage of horse racing

post time varies

TVG

March 28

"America's Day at the Races"

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

FS2

March 28

Live coverage of horse racing

post time varies

TVG

March 29

"The Winner's Circle"

11 a.m.

Facebook and Twitter

March 29

Live coverage of horse racing

post time varies

TVG

Note: All times listed are Eastern

Radio Schedule

Date Program Time Network
March 24 At The Races with Steve Byk 9 a.m. Thoroughbred Radio Network
March 24 Race Day on HRRN Presented by TwinSpires 3 p.m. HRRN
March 24 Trainer Talk Presented by Fasig-Tipton 6 p.m. HRRN
March 25 At The Races with Steve Byk 9 a.m. Thoroughbred Radio Network
March 25 Race Day on HRRN Presented by TwinSpires 3 p.m. HRRN
March 25 Brisnet Call-in Show 6 p.m. HRRN
March 26 At The Races with Steve Byk 9 a.m. Thoroughbred Radio Network
March 26 Race Day on HRRN Presented by TwinSpires 3 p.m. HRRN
March 26 Weekend Stakes Preview Presented by NYRA Bets 6 p.m. HRRN
March 27 Equine Forum Show 8 a.m. HRRN
March 27 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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