Where to Watch/Listen: 2021 Runhappy Travers Stakes Week



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Last weekend saw Tripoli and Astronaut earn Breeders’ Cup berths during a spectacular Saturday at Del Mar that saw the track post a record handle for a non-Breeders’ Cup card. Del Mar will once again host a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” prep this Saturday, Aug. 28, but the main event this upcoming weekend will be at historic Saratoga Race Course during an Aug. 28 racecard that features three Challenge Series qualifiers plus one of the most prestigious races in the sport.

Saturday’s 152ndRunhappy Travers Stakes will be a key race in determining the year-end 3-year-old male championship, and the 1 ¼-mile “Mid-Summer Derby” is expected to draw Belmont Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets winner Essential Quality. Also at Saratoga, the Resorts World Casino Sword Dancer Stakes (Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf), Personal Ensign Stakes Presented by Lia Infiniti (Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff), and Ketel One Ballerina Stakes (Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint) all offer expenses-paid berths to the World Championships as part of the Challenge Series Presented by America’s Best Racing.

NYRA’s Saratoga Live will provide full coverage of Saratoga’s Aug. 28 card, which also includes three other graded stakes. The action begins on FS1 at 11:30 a.m. ET and switches to FS2 in the afternoon before moving to a nationwide broadcast on FOX from 5 p.m. ET to 6:30 p.m. ET that will showcase the Runhappy Travers. Saratoga Live will also show races from Saratoga on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday this coming week – check the below schedule for channels and air times.

Out at Del Mar, the Pat O’Brien Stakes on Aug. 28 offers a “Win and You’re In” berth to the Big Ass Fans Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile. The Pat O’Brien and all other races from Del Mar will be broadcast live on TVG as part of their comprehensive coverage of the seaside Southern California track.

An extremely busy live streaming schedule begins Wednesday, Aug. 25, with “Five in Five” at noon ET. Hosted by the talented twosome of Dan Tordjman and Penelope Miller, “Five in Five” takes a fast-paced and funny look at anything and everything connected to the horse racing world, including ABR’s 2021 Fan Choice Awards. It can be viewed on ABR’s Facebook and Twitter channels.

On Thursday, Aug. 26, a new edition of “La Trifecta” airs at 8 p.m. ET. Presented en Espanol, the show is hosted by Darwin Vizcaya, Claudia Spadaro, and Annise Montplaisir. It airs on ABR’s Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube channels.

“Always Be Racing” returns for a new show on Friday, Aug. 27. Hosted by BlackJack Fletcher and Danielle Moinet, the show begins at 3 p.m. ET. “Always Be Racing” can be viewed on ABR’s Facebook and Twitter channels as well as BlackJack’s Twitter account and Danielle’s Twitter account.

Saturday’s coverage features two ABR-produced shows devoted to the Breeders’ Cup’s “Win and You’re In” races. First up, ABR presents “Breeders’ Cup LIVE!” This show covers the Ballerina and Personal Ensign and will be hosted on-site at the Spa by Dan Tordjman and Matt Bernier. This show has a tentative 3 p.m. ET start time and will be live streamed on ABR’s Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube pages and also on Breeders’ Cup’s Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube pages.

Later on Saturday, ABR debuts the first of six shows highlighting the Challenge Series races and presented en Espanol. “Breeders’ Cup en Vivo!” will cover the Pat O’Brien Stakes and will be hosted by the “La Trifecta” team and other personalities. “Breeders’ Cup en Vivo!” has a tentative start time of 8 p.m. ET and will also be live streamed on ABR’s Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube pages and also on Breeders’ Cup’s Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube pages.

ABR’s “Saratoga Saturdays” live streaming show also continues Aug. 28 with a show at 9 a.m. ET. The morning show, hosted by Jonathon Kinchen and Anita Marks, will delve deeply into all things Spa-specific and preview the Travers card. “Saratoga Saturdays” can be viewed on ABR’s Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube channels as well as Jonathon’s Twitter account and Anita’s Twitter account, and it will air every Saturday through Sept. 4.

ABR’s “The Winner’s Circle” returns for its usual Monday time slot of 11 a.m. ET with a show on Aug. 30. Presented by NYRA and NYRA Bets and hosted by Bram Weinstein and Dan Tordjman, “The Winner’s Circle” will wrap up the Travers and look ahead to the big Labor Day holiday weekend races. “The Winner’s Circle” can be viewed on ABR’s Facebook and Twitter channels and Bram Weinstein’s Twitter channel. Archived episodes of “The Winner’s Circle” are available as podcasts via Apple and Spotify.

For bonus radio coverage, ABR will present a one-hour Travers Stakes preview show Saturday, Aug. 28 at noon ET. The show will be hosted by Dan Tordjman with Anita Marks and will air on ESPN Radio New York.

Here’s a rundown of television, live streaming, and radio coverage for the upcoming week:

TV/Live Streaming Schedule

Date

Program

Time

Network/Social Media

Aug. 25

“Five in Five”

12 p.m.

Facebook and Twitter

Aug. 25

“Saratoga Live”

1 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

FS2

Aug. 25

Live coverage of horse racing

post time varies

TVG

Aug. 26

“Saratoga Live”

1 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

FS2

Aug. 26

Live coverage of horse racing

post time varies

TVG

Aug. 26

“La Trifecta”

8 p.m.

Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube

Aug. 27

“Saratoga Live”

1 p.m.-7 p.m.

FS2

Aug. 27

“Always Be Racing”

3 p.m.

Facebook and Twitter

Aug. 27

Live coverage of horse racing

post time varies

TVG

Aug. 28

“Saratoga Saturdays”

9 a.m.

Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube

Aug. 28

“Saratoga Live”

11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. on FS1, 3 p.m.-5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.-7 p.m. on FS2

FS1 and FS2

Aug. 28

“Breeders’ Cup LIVE!”

3 p.m. (tentative)

Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube

Aug. 28

Broadcast of the Runhappy Travers Stakes

5 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

FOX

Aug. 28

Live coverage of horse racing including broadcast of the Pat O’Brien Stakes

post time varies

TVG

Aug. 28

“Breeders’ Cup en Vivo!”

8 p.m. (tentative)

Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube

Aug. 29

“Saratoga Live”

1 p.m.-6:30 p.m. on FS2

FS2

Aug. 29

Live coverage of horse racing

post time varies

TVG

Aug. 30

“The Winner’s Circle”

11 a.m.

Facebook and Twitter

Aug. 30

Live coverage of horse racing

post time varies

TVG

Note: All times listed are Eastern

Radio Schedule

Date Program Time Network
Aug. 25 At The Races with Steve Byk 9 a.m. Thoroughbred Radio Network
Aug. 25 Race Day on HRRN Presented by TwinSpires 3 p.m. HRRN
Aug. 25 Trainer Talk Presented by Fasig-Tipton 6 p.m. HRRN
Aug. 26 At The Races with Steve Byk 9 a.m. Thoroughbred Radio Network
Aug. 26 Race Day on HRRN Presented by TwinSpires 3 p.m. HRRN
Aug. 26 Brisnet Call-in Show 6 p.m. HRRN
Aug. 27 At The Races with Steve Byk 9 a.m. Thoroughbred Radio Network
Aug. 27 Race Day on HRRN Presented by TwinSpires 3 p.m. HRRN
Aug. 27 Weekend Stakes Preview Presented by NYRA Bets 6 p.m. HRRN
Aug. 27 Broadcast of the Charles Town Classic 9 p.m. HRRN
Aug. 28 Equine Forum Show 8 a.m. HRRN
Aug. 28 Off to the Races on The Racing Biz Radio Network 10 a.m. ESPN 950 AM
Aug. 28 Travers Stakes preview show 12 p.m. ESPN Radio New York
Aug. 28 Broadcast of the Saratoga race card 1 p.m. ESPN 104.5 FM The Team
Aug. 29 Broadcast of the Saratoga race card 1 p.m. ESPN 104.5 FM The Team

Note: All times listed are Eastern





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