FOX Sports will be broadcasting 40 stakes races from Saratoga Race Course this summer, the network and the New York Racing Association announced Wednesday.
Live racing will be broadcast daily on FS2. The parties said the agreement represents the most extensive horse racing television deal in history, with 80 hours of racing to be broadcast this summer.
“With this kind of daily coverage, racing from Saratoga will be available in over a combined 65 million U.S. homes,” NYRA President and CEO Chris Kay said in New York City Wednesday.
The NYRA broadcasts on FS2 will amount to more programming hours of horse racing than all other television networks in the United States combined, FOX and NYRA said.
All races broadcast by FOX Sports will stream live on the FOX Sports GO app and FOXSports.com.
“NYRA and its legendary Saratoga Race Course represent the very best in thoroughbred racing.” said Michael Mulvihill, a senior vice-president at FOX Sports. “We are thrilled to bring daily coverage of NYRA to a national audience on one of television’s fastest growing networks, FS2.”
The coverage will feature analysis of the races from NYRA TV analysts Jason Blewitt, retired Eclipse Award winning jockey Richard Migliore and renowned handicapper Andy Serling, as well as paddock analysis from Maggie Wolfendale.
The Travers Stakes, historically the premier race of the Saratoga meet, will continue to be shown live on NBC television.
At the same time, NYRA will be launching a new national advance deposit wagering platform, NYRA Bets. NYRA Bets will take the place of NYRA Rewards, which was restricted to New York state residents.
Coverage will begin on opening day, July 22, at 4 p.m. with coverage of the Grade III Schuylerville Stakes.
The 40-day meet will run through Labor Day, Sept. 5.
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