The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Thursday that five two-hour television shows of horseracing, called "NTRA Super Saturdays" will debut June. 12. The telecasts will present generally five races a program for a total of 25 live racesThe shows will be aired one Saturday a month from June through October, except for a special Sunday edition, Sept. 19.
Featured on "NTRA Super Saturdays" will be live races from each of the eight Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships divisions. Each week's purses will total more than $2 million and each telecast will feature the races of the day from multiple tracks. There will be a weekly National Pick 4 wager, a bet that allows fans to pick the winners of four races.
"NTRA Super Saturdays" joins such other NTRA TV programming as "CITGO Racing to the Kentucky Derby" and "Road to the World Thoroughbred Championships."
"This new TV series presents 10 hours of some of the best racing in the world," said NTRA Commissioner Tim Smith. "Following on the heels of the VISA Triple Crown and concluding with a day that features some of America's most-storied races on both coasts, 'NTRA Super Saturdays' will help familiarize fans with the horses likely to compete in the World Thoroughbred Championships at Lone Star Park on Oct. 30. I'd like to thank our TV partner, ESPN, for its expanded commitment to horseracing, and we'd like to thank the horsemen and track operators who have helped make this series a reality. We also are thrilled to have Thoroughbred racing back on ABC."
NTRA Super Saturdays LineupJune 12: ESPN, 4-6 p.m. (EDT)
Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I), Churchill Downs
Brooklyn Handicap (gr. II), Belmont Park
Fleur de Lis Stakes (gr. II), Churchill Downs
Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap (gr. IT), Hollywood Park
Ohio Derby (gr. II), Thistledown July 3, ESPN, 4-6 p.m. (EDT)
United Nations Handicap (gr. IT), Monmouth Park
Suburban Handicap (gr. I), Belmont Park
Firecracker Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIT), Churchill Downs
American Oaks (gr. IT), Hollywood Park
Royal Ascot recapAug. 14, ABC, 4-6 p.m. (EDT)
Arlington Million (gr. IT), Arlington Park
Alfred Vanderbilt Handicap (gr. II), Saratoga
Sword Dancer Handicap (gr. IT), Saratoga
Beverly D. Stakes (gr. IT), Arlington ParkSept. 19, ABC, 4-6 p.m. (EDT)
Belmont Futurity (gr. I), Belmont Park
Matron Stakes (gr. I), Belmont Park
Atto Mile (gr. IT), Woodbine
Ruffian Stakes (gr. I) Belmont ParkOct. 2, ESPN, 4-6 p.m. (EDT)
Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I), Belmont Park
Joe Hirsch Turf Classic (gr. IT), Belmont Park
Yellow Ribbon Stakes (gr. IT), Oak Tree
Clement Hirsch Handicap (gr. IT), Oak Tree
Vosburgh Handicap (gr. I), Belmont Park
Flower Bowl Invitational Handicap (gr. IT), Belmont Park