I always like to let people know when equestrian events are scheduled for both regular and cable TV, but especially regular TV. A lot of cable TV systems don’t offer HRTV or TVG, the cable and satellite channels for horse racing and equestrian sports coverage.
NBC’s “Summer in Saratoga” series will continue this summer with seven Saturday broadcasts, beginning on July 27 and ending on Aug. 31.
That screenshot above was taken during coverage of the 2013 Belmont Stakes. The races, except for the big ones like The Whitney and the Travers, may have changed in the past month, so be sure to check your local listings. Also, a little heads-up, I found a couple of schedule conflicts among my sources. Anyway, think “late afternoon or early evening” on the East Coast. The coverage usually begins around 5 pm EDT, although there are some exceptions.
FWIW, this is the 150th anniversary of the Saratoga Racecourse. Aug. 3 will be the weekend with the official festivities, so you might find more historic coverage on that day. Then again, the programming may be business-as-usual – races of the day.
Anyway, here are the races, the start times for live coverage and the networks where you’ll find them:
July 27 – The Jim Dandy Stakes and the Diana Stakes – NBC Sports Network (cable) – 5 pm EDT
Aug. 3 – The Whitney – NBC (regular TV) – 5 pm EDT
Aug. 10 – The Fourstardave (unique spelling because it’s named for a horse, the so-called “Sultan of Saratoga” who you can read about when you click on the link) – NBC (TV) – 5 pm EDT
Aug. 11 – The Adirondack Stakes and The Saratoga Special – NBC Sports Network (cable) – 5 pm EDT
Aug. 17 – The Alabama Stakes and The Sword Dancer Stakes – NBC Sports Network (cable) – 5 pm EDT
Aug. 24 – The Kings Bishop Stakes and The Travers Stakes – NBC (regular TV) – 5pm EDT
Aug. 31 – The Bernard Baruch Stakes, the Forego and the Woodward Stakes – NBC Sports Network (cable) – 4 pm EDT
Also, because this is such a historic year for Saratoga, there may be other coverage or other related TV programs elsewhere, if you know of any, please leave where to find them in the comments. Thanks!