Thoroughbred racing fans will see more major stakes on national television this year, starting with the Feb. 9 debut of the "The Jockey Club Tour on FOX," featuring champion 3-year-old Will Take Charge in the Donn Handicap (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park.
The 90-minute FOX Sports 1 broadcast from 5-6:30 p.m. (all times Eastern) also will include coverage of the Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap (gr. IT) and the final career start by popular two-time champion female sprinter Groupie Doll in the Hurricane Bertie Stakes (gr. III).
On Feb. 4, the reality series "Horseplayers" returns on the Esquire Network with a new episode chronicling the lives of serious handicappers. Airing Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 10 p.m., episode four delves deeper into the background of Kevin Cox, a big bettor known as the "Brooklyn Cowboy."
After Tuesday's show, "Horseplayers" will go on a two-week hiatus while the NBC family of networks airs coverage of the Olympic Winter Games. New episodes will resume starting Feb. 25 and the remaining episodes of season one are set for March 4, March 11, March 18, March 25, April 1, and April 8, always at 10 p.m.
Racing will get added national exposure this week in an episode of CNBC's "Secret Lives of the Super Rich." In its season two finale, Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 9 p.m., the series visits Fasig-Tipton's Saratoga sale to look behind the scenes of a premier Thoroughbred auction, as well as the luxury and extravagance surrounding it.
"Secret Lives of the Super Rich" opened its season with a segment on the Breeders' Cup World Championships, which is scheduled for an encore showing Wednesday following the Fasig-Tipton episode.
Racing On TV This Week (all times Eastern)
Tuesday, 10 p.m., Esquire Network - "Horseplayers"
Wednesday, 9 p.m., CNBC - "Secret Lives of the Super Rich"
Sunday, 5 p.m., FOX Sports 1 - "The Jockey Club Tour on FOX" (Donn Handicap)