America's Day at the Races to air coverage of Belmont Park and Churchill Downs
by Brian Bohl
America's Day at the Races, the acclaimed national telecast produced by the New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) in partnership with FOX Sports, will air 18.5 hours of coverage Thursday through Sunday, with action from Belmont Park and Churchill Downs.
Presented by America’s Best Racing and Claiborne Farm, America’s Day at the Races will broadcast live racing action this week, with at least three hours of coverage every day on FOX Sports 2.
Broadcast schedule for America's Day at the Races (all times Eastern):
Thursday, June 10
FS2: 3 – 8:30 p.m.
Friday, June 11
FS2: 12:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 12
FS2: 5– 8 p.m.
Sunday, June 13
FS2: 12:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Thursday will feature a nine-race card at Belmont with a first post of 3:05 p.m. Eastern, with FS2 airing from 3-8:30 p.m. Among the highlights from the Elmont, New York-based track will be a 1 1/4-mile inner turf contest for older fillies and mares in Race 7. High Opinion, trained by Tony Dutrow, is the 3-1 morning line favorite, boasting a resume that includes a runner-up finish in the Winter Memories last November at Aqueduct Racetrack.
In Race 8, a seven-furlong optional claiming race on the main track, 2-1 favorite Town Classic will be looking to build off a last-out third-place finish in the Grade 3 Runhappy in May at Belmont Park. The Saffie Joseph, Jr. trainee ran third in the Sir Shackleton in the race prior in March at Gulfstream Park and is 0-2-2 in four stars to commence his 8-year-old campaign.
Thursday’s broadcast will also feature the full eight-race card from Churchill, located in Louisville, Kentucky.
Friday’s show will air the entire nine-race Belmont card, encompassing a 6 1/2-furlong main track sprint for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up in an allowance optional claiming tilt in Race 7. Don’t Call Me Mary, conditioned by Hall of Famer Todd Pletcher, will look to win her second consecutive start and is listed as the 2-1 favorite. The entirety of Churchill’s nine-race program will also be shown.
Saturday will see the final two races on the 10-race Belmont card air on America’s Day at the Races, while the first five races from Churchill, running its Downs After Dark program, will also be shown.
America's Day at the Races is also broadcast on NYRA's YouTube channel which boasts more than 70,000 subscribers. Fans can subscribe to NYRA's channel and set a reminder to watch the show on YouTube Live. NYRA's YouTube channel also hosts a plethora of race replays, special features, America's Day at the Races replays and more.
Free Equibase-provided past performances are available for races that are part of the America's Day at the Races broadcast and can be accessed at https://www.nyra.com/belmont/racing/tv-schedule.
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