The YES Network, which broadcasts New York Yankees games and is available in New York, Connecticut, and parts of New Jersey and Pennsylvania, will broadcast its first Thoroughbred races Aug. 3 from Saratoga.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association and YES, a 24-hour network, said the $750,000 Whitney Handicap and the $150,000 Amsterdam Handicap will be shown during a broadcast from 4:40-5:30 p.m. EDT. Both races are part of the Road to the World Thoroughbred Championships.
The telecast will be hosted by Mike Francesa, co-host of the "Mike & the Mad Dog" radio program that originates on WFAN in New York, and is simulcast Monday through Friday on the YES Network. Reporter Jeannine Edwards and trainer John Kimmel will join Francesa on the telecast.
"We are excited to partner with YES as it expands its coverage to include horse racing," said Keith Chamblin, NTRA senior vice president of industry relations and marketing. "YES has built a loyal audience through its coverage of the Yankees, and we believe top flight horse racing will help grow that audience."
"By partnering with the NTRA, we feel we're reaching out to a more diversified audience, which only strengthens our network," said Leo Hindery Jr., chairman and chief executive officer of the YES Network.
The grade I, 1 1/8-mile Whitney is Saratoga's premier race for older horses. The Amsterdam, a grade II event, is for sprinters.
In addition to 130 Yankees games, the YES Network broadcasts other professional and collegiate sports teams as well as classic sports footage. The YES schedule also includes original biography, interview, and magazine programs.