by Pat McKenna
The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) announced today that respected racing analyst Gabby Gaudet will undertake an expanded role with NYRA, working on the broadcast team for the 2017 Belmont Park fall meet, and continuing through Cigar Mile Day on December 2 at Aqueduct. In 2018, Gaudet will return to NYRA beginning with the Wood Memorial in April at Aqueduct Racetrack and remain as a racing analyst through November, covering Aqueduct, Belmont and Saratoga Race Course.
As previously announced, Gaudet will rejoin NYRA's broadcast team for the 2017 summer meet at Saratoga Race Course, contributing daily to "Saratoga Live," "Talking Horses" and the NYRA simulcast shows.
Gaudet, daughter of thoroughbred trainers Eddie and Linda Gaudet and sister to trainer Lacey Gaudet, began as a racing analyst and paddock reporter for the Maryland Jockey Club in 2013. In addition to working at Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course, she has since covered racing nationally at Arlington Park, the Breeders' Cup and Gulfstream Park. She joined NYRA for the first time for the 2016 summer meet at Saratoga Race Course.
"After the success of the inaugural season of 'Saratoga Live', this felt like a natural fit and the next step in my career," said Gaudet. "I'm looking forward to covering more top racing at NYRA on both the simulcast and innovative 'Live' shows with the talented team already in place."
Added Tony Allevato, President of NYRA Bets and Executive Producer of NYRA TV: "We are excited to have Gabby become a permanent fixture on NYRA's live network broadcasts. She has the unique ability to bring both a horsewoman's and handicapper's perspective to NYRA's TV and simulcast shows. Her addition to our current roster of on-air talent puts NYRA's Live shows on par with any racing telecast in the country."
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, Monday, September 4. After opening weekend, racing will be conducted six days a week, Wednesdays through Mondays.
"Saratoga Live," NYRA's flagship show presented by Claiborne Farm, 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.
Beginning on July 21, Saratoga Live will be broadcast nearly every day of the meet from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and features a broadcast team that includes host Greg Wolf, handicapper Andy Serling, analyst Paul Lo Duca, paddock analyst Maggie Wolfendale, and trainer Tom Amoss in addition to Gaudet.
For additional information, and to view the NYRA TV schedule for the 2017 summer meet at Saratoga, please visit: goo.gl/jSHX3n