by Pat McKenna
The New York Racing Association announced today that "Belmont Park Live" will televise Saturday's Grade 1, $750,000 Delaware Handicap, featuring Breeders' Cup-champion Songbird, as part of it's regular coverage from 4-6 p.m. ET.
Saturday's show will air on MSG+ in the New York metropolitan market and on regional sports networks across the country, including: FOX Sports Prime Ticket, FOX Sports San Diego, FOX Sports Ohio and the Altitude Sports Network.
"Belmont Park Live" will air two live races from Delaware Park on Saturday, with the Grade 3, $200,000 Kent to be run at 4:55 p.m. The featured race, the Delaware Handicap, has a 5:30 p.m. post time and will see two-time champion Songbird start for the first time since winning the Grade 1 Ogden Phipps on Belmont Stakes Day, June 10. Trained by Hall of Famer Jerry Hollendorfer, Songbird has 12 wins and a second-place finish in 13 career starts, and won the Eclipse Award for top 2-year-old filly in 2015 and top 3-year-old filly last year.
With Belmont Park's spring/summer meet concluding Sunday, July 16, world-class racing action will move north to historic Saratoga Race Course. "Saratoga Live," NYRA's flagship tv show presented by Claiborne Farm, will kick off 40 days of live coverage on July 21. The show will be available in 75 million households nationally through Fox Sports 2 and regionally through MSG+, FOX Sports Prime Ticket, FOX Sports San Diego, FOX Sports Ohio and the Altitude Sports Network.
"Saratoga Live" will feature a broadcast team to include host Greg Wolf, handicapper Andy Serling, analyst Paul Lo Duca, paddock analyst Maggie Wolfendale, trainer Tom Amoss and analyst Gabby Gaudet.
The 2017 meet at historic Saratoga Race Course, which includes 69 stakes worth $18.775 million in purses, will run from Friday, July 21, through Labor Day, September 4. After opening weekend, racing will be conducted six days a week, Wednesdays through Mondays.