01/14/2015 3:53PM

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.