06/08/2016 3:40PM

Fox Sports 2 to air Saratoga races


ELMONT, N.Y. – As the New York Racing Association prepares to launch its national advance-deposit wagering platform, NYRA Bets, next month, the company is expanding its television presence to enable more people to watch its product.

NYRA announced Wednesday it has reached a multiyear agreement with Fox Sports 2 to broadcast its “Saratoga Live” program during the 40-day Saratoga summer meet. Last week, NYRA reached a similar agreement with Altitude Sports, a network that serves the Midwest and Rocky Mountain regions. The networks, along with the New York-based MSG-Plus, will show two to 2 1/2 hours of live racing from Saratoga on almost each of the 40 racing days. This year’s Saratoga meet runs from July 22 through Sept. 5.

NYRA is planning to launch NYRA Bets – which replaces its New York-only platform, NYRA Rewards – in July, presumably coinciding with the opening of Saratoga.

“NYRA and its legendary Saratoga Race Course represent the very best in Thoroughbred racing,” said Michael Mulvihill, senior vice president for programming and research at Fox Sports. “We are thrilled to bring daily coverage of NYRA to a national audience on one of television’s fastest-growing networks, FS2.”

“The opportunity for horse racing to be featured on national television in such a consistent manner is unprecedented,” said Tony Allevato, NYRA’s executive producer and president of NYRA Bets. “NYRA proudly looks forward to partnering with Fox Sports to present live coverage of the sport’s best racing live from Saratoga Race Course.”

James Dunn More than 1 year ago
today is august 17th how come your network chose nascar over saratoga. after stating that saratoga would be broadcast on a daily basis. you guys are just jerks, please tell every one that enjoys watching horse racing why you did what should never have happened, after you stated daily coverage of saratoga please post somthing.
Jeffery Wesby More than 1 year ago
I searched the internet to see if fs was contracted to air horse racing after coming upon racing two days in a row and I was led here. Love horse racing, but don't have tvg or hrtv .  I know they're an upstart network so I have no complaints about how races a day they will shiw
Jeff Pugh More than 1 year ago
Broadcast all the races! The entire day of racing at Saratoga!!!
Chuck Seeger More than 1 year ago
If you're going to launch a nation-wide betting service, why would you not televise the entire race card from Saratoga?  It's not like FS2 has an over abundance of content to show in the midday summer months.  We don't need an afternoon of BS from a couple of useless announcers; heck the in-house TV feed would more than suffice.  Seems like a logical approach if NYRA expects this wagering platform to succeed.  Oh wait I forgot - NYRA and logical should not be used in the same sentence.
Joe Quillen More than 1 year ago
FS2 is one of television's fastest growing networks because (almost) no one has FS2.