NBC and NYRA to Host “Summer at Saratoga” Series
By Eric Wing; Mark Bardack | 06/24/2013 02:21 PM ET
The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) and the NBC Sports Group are partnering for a third consecutive year to present the “Summer at Saratoga” series, with seven live broadcasts from Saratoga Race Course, starting on Saturday, July 27th and concluding on Saturday August 31st.
The broadcasts will feature live coverage of some of the premier races of the Saratoga season, including the Grade 1, $750,000 Whitney Invitational Handicap on August 3 and the Grade 1, $600,000 Alabama Stakes on August 17. There will be eight hours of live coverage over seven weekends, including the telecast of the Grade 1, $1 million Travers Stakes, affectionately known as “The Mid-Summer Derby,” on August 24. Fans can look forward to a potential Travers showdown among Palace Malice, the winner of the 145th Belmont Stakes, Kentucky Derby winner Orb and Preakness Stakes victor Oxbow.
Saratoga Race Course was named one of the world’s top 10 sporting venues of the 20th century by Sports Illustrated and is the premier thoroughbred racing meet in the United States with nearly 1 million visitors in 2012.
The schedule for the NBC’s live coverage of the 2013 Saratoga meet is as follows (All Times ET):
July 27: Grade 1, $600,000 Diana and Grade 2, $600,000 Jim Dandy (5-6pm on NBC Sports Network)
August 3: Grade 1, $750,000 Whitney Invitational Handicap (5-6pm on NBC)
August 10: Grade 2, $500,000 Fourstardave Handicap (5-6pm on NBC)
August 11: Grade 2, $200,000 Adirondack and Grade 2, $200,000 Saratoga Special (5-6pm on NBC Sports Network)
August 17: Grade 1, $600,000 Alabama and Grade 1, $600,000 Sword Dancer Invitational (5-6pm on NBC Sports Network)
August 24: Grade 1, $500,000 Foxwoods King’s Bishop and Grade 1, $1 million Travers (4:30-6pm on NBC)
August 31: Grade 2, $250,000 Bernard Baruch Handicap, G1 $500,000 Forego and Grade 1, $750,000 Woodward (4-6pm on NBC Sports Network)
NBC SPORTS AND HORSE RACING: For the third straight year, NBC Sports Group is home to the Triple Crown, presenting more than 25 hours of on-air coverage and live streaming from Churchill Downs, Pimlico and Belmont on both NBC and NBC Sports Network. Steeped in tradition and in anticipation of a title that hasn't been won since 1978, NBC’s exclusive broadcast offered unparalleled coverage of each race in addition to pre and post-race reporting and analysis. With rights to The Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, Belmont Stakes and Breeders' Cup through 2015, NBC will continue to bring horse racing's premiere events to viewers for years to come.
NYRA: NYRA’s mission is “Meeting the highest standards in thoroughbred racing and equine safety.” Founded in 1955, and franchised to run thoroughbred racing at New York’s three major tracks (Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park, and Saratoga Race Course) through 2033, NYRA boasts a lineage that actually stretches back almost 150 years. NYRA tracks are the cornerstone of the state’s thoroughbred business which contributes more than $2 billion annually to New York State’s urban, suburban and rural economy. In 2012, nearly 1.8 million people attended the live races at NYRA tracks. Factoring in nationwide off-track wagering, the average daily betting handle on NYRA races totals more than $9 million. NYRA has a vast network of websites, including nyra, belmontstakes, and nyragroupsales. You can also follow NYRA on social media platforms Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram.