More eyes will be on Saratoga’s prized summer meet than ever before following a landmark agreement between the New York Racing Association, Inc. and FOX Sports.
As part of the most expansive television programming deal in horse racing history, the critically acclaimed Saratoga Live will appear on FOX, FS1 and FS2 for an unprecedented 192.5 combined show hours, with 190.5 of those hours on FS2.
In addition to daily national coverage on FS2, Saratoga Live can be seen on regional sports networks including MSG Networks, which will air 105 hours of coverage, in addition to FOX Sports Prime Ticket, FOX Sports San Diego and Altitude Sports.
“We realize that, in order for the sport to grow, we have to find a way to reach a new audience. There never was any sport that was hurt by being on television,” said Tony Allevato, president of NYRA Bets and executive producer of NYRA TV, adding, “It really speaks volumes to FOX’s commitment and the success we’ve had with our shows.”
Saratoga Live kicks off Thursday for the 40-day meet that runs from July 11-Sept. 2. Greg Wolf and Laffit Pincay III will call on an array of experts such as retired Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens, Kentucky Oaks-winning trainer Tom Amoss, Eclipse Award-winning jockey Richard Migliore, professional handicapper Jonathon Kinchen and retired All-Star catcher Paul LoDuca. The program will also include insights from Andy Serling, Maggie Wolfendale and Acacia Courtney.