by Pat Mckenna
The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) and FOX Sports Ohio announced an agreement today to televise "Belmont Park Live" and "Saratoga Live" on select dates in 2017.
Fox Sports Ohio's 2017 NYRA coverage will begin on Saturday, June 8, with a 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (ET) broadcast of the Stars and Stripes Racing Festival that includes the Grade 1 Belmont Derby and the Grade 2 Suburban Handicap.
"Thanks to Fox Sports, and their regional sports networks across the country, tens of millions of fans and horseplayers have access to live coverage of NYRA's world class racing throughout the year," said Tony Allevato, President of NYRA Bets and Executive Producer for NYRA television. "We thank them for their commitment to horse racing and look forward to presenting our Stars and Stripes Racing Festival this Saturday to a national audience."
Fox Sports Ohio will air 21 "Saratoga Live" shows beginning on Monday, July 24 and concluding with the final Saturday of the 2017 Saratoga meet on June 2.
Coverage of select days during the 2017 Belmont Fall meet will begin on Friday, September 8 and run through Empire Showcase Day on Saturday, October 21.
With the addition of Fox Sports Ohio, NYRA's acclaimed Live shows, presented by Claiborne Farm, are now available nationally through Fox Sports 2 and regionally through MSG+, Fox Sports Prime Ticket, Fox Sports San Diego, and the Altitude Sports Network.
About FOX Sports Ohio
FOX Sports Ohio is the television home of the Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Cavaliers, Columbus Blue Jackets, Cincinnati Bearcats, and ACC and Big East football and basketball. FOX Sports Ohio and sister network SportsTime Ohio present more live, local sports programming than any other network or broadcast system in the market, producing over 750 live sporting events including 4,800 hours of live and original programming every year Together, the two networks reach over five million households in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, western Pennsylvania, western New York, and West Virginia. For complete regional sports news, telecast schedules and updated statistics, log-on towww.FOXSportsOhio.com.
The New York Racing Association was founded in 1955 and is franchised to run thoroughbred racing at New York's three major tracks (Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course) through 2033. With a lineage of nearly 150 years, NYRA tracks are the cornerstone of New York State's thoroughbred industry, which contributes more than $2 billion annually to its urban, suburban and rural economy. www.nyra.com is the official website of the New York Racing Association.