The New York Racing Association (NYRA) has reached a three-year extension of its television programming deal with FOX Sports to broadcast NYRA’s flagship TV program “Saratoga Live” on the FS2 channel.
The agreement means live daily coverage of racing from Saratoga Race Course will be available to a national television audience through 2020.
“There’s no place like Saratoga and FOX Sports is delighted to be headed back to the Spa for three more summers,” said Michael Mulvihill, FOX Sports executive vice president, research, league operations and strategy. “We are very excited to extend and expand our partnership with NYRA, which provides high-quality live programming for FS2, and gives our fans access to insightful and entertaining daily coverage of the best race meet in North America.”
“Partnering with FOX Sports has enabled NYRA to present the best race meet to horse racing and sports fans on a live and consistent basis,” said Tony Allevato, NYRA Bets president and executive producer of NYRA TV. NYRA launched the critically-acclaimed “Saratoga Live” during the 2016 summer meet at Saratoga, which included 80 hours of live coverage. This year, FOX Sports expanded the schedule to include Saturdays from Belmont Park and Aqueduct Racetrack, bringing the total amount of live coverage on FS2 to more than 100 hours.
Including all regional networks, “Saratoga Live,” presented by Claiborne Farm and stallion Runhappy, reaches more than 75 million homes, according to NYRA. It aired at 4 p.m. on most live racing days.