Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Jockey Club Tour on FOX Visits Del Mar and Saratoga




July 17, 2014

Contact:  Shannon Luce (859) 224-2716

   Communications Coordinator

   The Jockey Club


The Jockey Club Tour on FOX Visits Del Mar and Saratoga


The Jockey Club Tour on FOX will bring viewers to the opening weekend at two iconic American racetracks, Del Mar and Saratoga Race Course, on Sunday with a special, two-hour telecast featuring the Eddie Read Stakes and TVG Coaching Club American Oaks.


The show will air from 5:30-7:30 p.m. EDT on FOX Sports 1 and on-air duties will be handled by Greg Wolf, Richard Migliore, Andy Serling, and Alyssa Ali at Saratoga and Simon Bray at Del Mar. The America’s Best Racing betting challenge between Andy Serling and Simon Bray, won by Bray last week, will be continued.


Both races carry purses of $300,000 and are run at 1 1/8 miles, with the Eddie Read on turf for 3-year-olds and up and the TVG Coaching Club American Oaks on dirt for 3-year-old fillies. Princess of Sylmar, who won the Longines Kentucky Oaks, the TVG Coaching Club American Oaks and two other Grade 1 races in 2013, will be spotlighted during the show.


The telecast will also feature segments on historic racing moments, local events and social scenes, and a comparison of fashion styles between the tracks.


“The Del Mar and Saratoga meets are true gems on the Thoroughbred racing calendar and they are always among the leaders in daily attendance,” said Jason Wilson, president, TJC Media Ventures. “The Jockey Club Tour on FOX focuses on racing’s horses, people and places, and these are the perfect venues to showcase America’s best racing.”


Other segments of the show will be devoted to the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, Thoroughbred ownership, and interviews with Chris Kay, New York Racing Association’s CEO and president, and Joe Harper, Del Mar’s CEO, president, and director.


The Jockey Club Tour on FOX complete schedule follows: 



Time (ET)



Sunday, July 20

5:30 – 7:30 pm

Eddie Read Stakes (G1)

Del Mar, Del Mar, California



TVG Coaching Club American Oaks (G1)

Saratoga Race Course, Saratoga Springs, New York

Sunday, Aug. 10

5:00 – 6:30 pm

Saratoga Special Stakes (G2)

Saratoga Race Course

Sunday, Aug. 17

5:00 – 6:30 pm

Sword Dancer Invitational Stakes (G1)

Saratoga Race Course

Sunday, Sept. 14

5:00 – 6:30 pm

Ricoh Woodbine Mile (G1)

Woodbine Racetrack, Toronto



About FOX Sports 1

FOX Sports 1 is America’s new national multi-sport channel that launched on August 17 in approximately 90 million homes and boasts nearly 5,000 hours of live event, news and original programming annually. The channel has several pillar sports: college basketball and football, MLB (in 2014), NASCAR, NFL (ancillary programs), international soccer, UFC and Golden Boy boxing, and adds USGA events, including the U.S. Open, and FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2015. FOX SPORTS LIVE is FOX Sports 1’s flagship 24/7 news, opinion and highlights program, providing around the clock coverage through regularly scheduled programs, hourly updates and an information rich ticker. For more information, visit


About Del Mar

Del Mar, just a few furlongs from the Pacific Ocean, has been a racing holiday location since its founding in 1937 by Hollywood pals Bing Crosby and Pat O’Brien. Owner-breeder Crosby, known as the original laid-back Californian, put his special stamp on the place “where nobody’s in a hurry but the horses.” Bing penned and sang a ditty called “Where the Turf Meets the Surf” in 1938 and the song is still played today at the start and finish of every card. That same year the track itself became famous when it hosted a match race between champion Seabiscuit and South American star Ligaroti, broadcast live on Crosby’s highly popular radio show coast to coast. Johnny Longden set the world’s record for most wins by a rider on Labor Day in 1956, a mark broken on Labor Day 1970 at Del Mar by Bill Shoemaker. The seaside oval has evolved from a “quaint country track” to one of America’s racing stalwarts, a proving ground for stars-in-the-making and stars-in-fact guided by first-rate horsemen and enjoyed by enthusiastic racing crowds all summer long. This fall Del Mar will conduct a second racing season during November.


About NYRA

NYRA’s mission is “Meeting the highest standards in thoroughbred racing and equine safety.” Founded in 1955, and franchised to run thoroughbred racing at New York’s three major tracks (Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park, and Saratoga Race Course) through 2033, NYRA boasts a lineage that actually stretches back almost 150 years. NYRA tracks are the cornerstone of the state’s thoroughbred business which contributes more than $2 billion annually to New York State’s urban, suburban and rural economy. In 2013, nearly 1.7 million people attended the live races at NYRA tracks. Factoring in nationwide off-track wagering, the average daily betting handle on NYRA races totals more than $9 million. NYRA has a vast network of websites, including, and You can also follow NYRA on social media platforms FacebookTwitter, YouTube, and Instagram.


About The Jockey Club 

The Jockey Club, founded in 1894 and dedicated to the improvement of Thoroughbred breeding and racing, is the breed registry for North American Thoroughbreds. In fulfillment of its mission, The Jockey Club, directly or through subsidiaries, provides support and leadership on a wide range of important industry initiatives, and it serves the information and technology needs of owners, breeders, media, fans and farms. It is a founding member of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association and the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities and the architect and sole funding source for America’s Best Racing, the broad-based fan development initiative for Thoroughbred racing. You can follow America’s Best Racing at as well as on social media platforms Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, and Instagram.