01/14/2015 4:53PM

San Antonio, Donn Handicap to be broadcast live on Fox Sports


Four stakes, including the Grade 1 San Antonio Stakes and the Donn Handicap, will be broadcast live Feb. 7 on Fox Sports as the first program in the 2015 Jockey Club Tour on Fox series, the Jockey Club and Fox announced Wednesday.

The San Antonio is being targeted by the three finalists for Eclipse Award for 3-year-old male: Bayern, California Chrome, and Shared Belief, although Bayern is nursing a sore foot that has set back his training recently. The three last met when Bayern won the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita Park, a result that generated controversy due to an inquiry into the start of the race that was centered on Bayern.

In addition to the Donn, the other two stakes races on the broadcast will be the San Marcos at Santa Anita and the Turf Handicap at Gulfstream. A pick four will link all four races on the broadcast. Both Santa Anita and Gulfstream are owned by the Stronach Group.

The Feb. 7 broadcast on Fox Sport will run two hours, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Eastern, according to the announcement. The on-air talent will include Greg Wolf, Richard Migliore, Andy Serling, Simon Bray, and Alyssa Ali, the announcement said. All worked on the Fox broadcasts last year.

The pick four will be the first bet to link races shown during a Jockey Club Tour on Fox broadcast, according to Bob Curran, a spokesman for the Jockey Club. It has not yet been determined which track will host the pick four pool, and a takeout rate has not yet been set. The pick four at Gulfstream Park has a minimum bet of 50 cents and a takeout of 20 percent, while the pick four at Santa Anita Park also has a minimum of 50 cents but a takeout of 23.68 percent. 

The Jockey Club Tour on Fox, a partnership between the Jockey Club and the network, was launched last year. The 2014 series included 10 broadcasts. The announcement said the schedule for the remaining broadcasts in the 2015 series will be announced at a later date.

L. More than 1 year ago
Glad to see these races telecast somewhere live! A race like the San Antonio SHOULD be broadcast on a major network because of who is in the race! Can't wait for race day!
B More than 1 year ago
Chrome is my favorite horse, but I haven't a clue if he's better than Shared Belief. Obviously, the Classic told us nothing. I did think that Chrome might be slightly better on a dirt surface as I was not terribly impressed by his Awesome Again, but after the Malibu, I'm not so sure. The fact that SB has been beaten only once, and still ran a good race despite being clobbered, is telling. Unlike Bayern, and to a lesser extent, Chrome, Shared Belief's entire career has been a gem of consistency, though skipping the rigors of the TC probably helped somewhat. I guess we'll finally have a better idea on 2/7. I just hope it is a cleanly run race.
Walter More than 1 year ago
Show fans some good tidings by having a 10% takeout on the pick 4. You will see some incredible pools if that happens.
jim More than 1 year ago
Hooray, maybe we can get the true answer to who is best, and if all three run, it will be a great day for racing, but BB is already making excuses. On another front, I watched an interview with the two owners of California Chrome, and they were really honest about their experiences regarding DumbAss Partners, their ownership name, and Steve was really candid about his outburst after the Belmont. Two regular guys that a horse brought together with fame and fortune. One wants to go to Dubai and run and the other doesn't. Both have good reasons for their feelings. Great interview.
M More than 1 year ago
Awesome! This kind of match up and coverage is what racing needs... once one the country's top sports (along with baseball and boxing) racing missed the boat on the television revolution, so a generation or two did not get the exposure unless they went to the track... Tomorrows fans and the next generations of owners might be watching...
Amy Hurley More than 1 year ago
This was a surprisingly good series last year; let's hope it continues. It struck a good balance between appealing to newbies and seasoned fans/handicappers (even if the selectors did not fare that well), the graphics were excellent, and the on-air talent was pretty good. Very little celebrity worship and other puff pieces, unlike a certain other three-letter network.
Chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Let's see how long it takes FOX to step up to Broadcast Quality TV.
Fred Reardon More than 1 year ago
It better not interfere with any Big East games that Fox1 broadcasts. College hoops is the rule this time of year.
edison pierce More than 1 year ago
Big East. That's funny.
Capo Capo More than 1 year ago
Hoops? who still watches basketball?
Susan Huart More than 1 year ago
Lol! Laughing so hard!
Capo Capo More than 1 year ago
Seriously though? I don't think Basketball has been relevant since the 90's. :)
L. More than 1 year ago
Agree. There's no one that makes me the least bit interested to watch a game anymore. All my favorites are long since retired.
L. More than 1 year ago
I don't anymore and haven't watched any college or pro sports in many years. I'd rather watch horse racing...when the celebrities aren't making a fool of themselves live. UGH!