SNY and The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) announced a partnership that will establish SNY as the new regional television home for elite thoroughbred racing from Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course.
Accordingly, SNY will present America’s Day at the Races and Saratoga Live on select weekends throughout the summer and into the fall. During that period, SNY will broadcast 15 weekends of live racing to viewers across the tri-state area.
“We are excited to partner with NYRA to bring world class thoroughbred racing to our viewers,” said Steve Raab, President of SNY. “This summer should be an exciting season from New York’s historic racetracks as fans return to the stands just in time for the heart of the racing season at Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course.”
America’s Day at the Races will premiere on SNY on Saturday, June 26, with live coverage and analysis of the 63rd running of the Grade 2, $250,000 Mother Goose, and $100,000 Wild Applause. SNY coverage of America’s Day at the Races from Belmont Park will continue Sunday, June 27, when the broadcast is expected to include the $100,000 Saginaw. The shows will begin at 5 p.m. on both days.
“NYRA appreciates the opportunity to bring the best thoroughbred racing in the country into the homes of even more sports fans this summer on the television home for all New York sports,” said Tony Allevato, NYRA Chief Revenue Officer. “We thank SNY for its interest and commitment to horse racing and look forward to expanding the reach and impact of our high-quality horse racing broadcasts in the months ahead.”
Following a special July 4 broadcast of America’s Day at the Races from Belmont Park on SNY, the racing action and attention of the sport will turn to Saratoga Race Course, where the summer meet will open on Thursday, July 15 and continue through Monday, September 6.
The 40-day summer meet at historic Saratoga Race Course will feature 76 stakes worth $21.5 million in total purses highlighted by the 152nd renewal of the Grade 1, $1.25 million Runhappy Travers on August 28 and the Grade 1, $1 million Whitney on August 7.
Saratoga Live is NYRA’s award winning and critically acclaimed daily show from Saratoga Race Course. Complete with 35 cameras providing fans with every angle, virtual graphic technology and the sport’s top commentators, Saratoga Live presents the most extensive horse racing television coverage of any show in the country.
SNY viewers can look forward to eight consecutive weekends of racing from Saratoga, with coverage of Saratoga Live show to kick off on Saturday, July 17 and continuing Saturdays and Sundays through August 29 and including coverage and analysis of Runhappy Travers Day and Whitney Day, two of the richest and most prestigious days of thoroughbred racing in North America.
Following the conclusion of the summer meet at Saratoga, thoroughbred racing on the NYRA circuit returns to Belmont Park for a 28-day fall meet, which will open on Thursday, September 16 and continue through Sunday, October 31.
SNY will wrap up its 2021 coverage of NYRA racing with broadcasts over three consecutive weekends of America’s Day at the Races beginning on September 18.