ELMONT, N.Y. – The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) and Altitude Sports announced an agreement today for the regional cable network to telecast “Saratoga Live” from Saratoga Race Course throughout the 2016 meet.
Altitude will televise 38 shows to its national audience of 5.7 million homes across a 10-state geographic area encompassing the Midwest and Rocky Mountain regions. “Saratoga Live” will continue to be broadcast on MSG+.
Featuring in-depth analysis of the races from historic Saratoga Racecourse, TV analysts Jason Blewitt, former Eclipse Award-winning jockey Richard Migliore, renowned handicapper Andy Serling, Maggie Wolfendale’s paddock analysis. “Saratoga Live” will debut July 22, the opening day of the 2016 season.
The package includes an action-filled schedule that includes a stakes race in every telecast. The shows will air at 5 p.m. ET (3 p.m. MT) on most race days.
“We are excited to team with Altitude and showcase Saratoga’s world-class thoroughbred racing in millions of new homes,” said Tony Allevato, NYRA’s executive producer and president of NYRA Bets. “Altitude’s fast-growing network and commitment to presenting live sports makes them the perfect partner to help NYRA attract new fans across the Midwest.”
“Partnering with NYRA will help us bring high-caliber racing to a new fan base and we’re thrilled for the opportunity to showcase Saratoga’s racing schedule across the country,” said Doug Ballmer, Altitude’s senior director of programming.
The partnership with Altitude Sports is part of an exciting summer, as NYRA will launch a new deposit wager (ADW) platform with NYRA Bets set to take the place of the current program, NYRA Rewards. Viewers in Altitude Sports’ coverage area will soon be able to wager on New York’s world-class racing, as NYRA Bets will be open to horseplayers from across the country. NYRA Rewards was formerly restricted to New York State residents.
About the New York Racing Association (NYRA)
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, the New York Racing Association’s mission is “meeting the highest standards in thoroughbred racing and equine safety.” With a lineage of nearly 150 years, NYRA tracks are the cornerstone of New York State’s thoroughbred industry, which contributes more than $2 billion annually to its urban, suburban and rural economy.
In 2015, more than 1.75 million people attended live races at NYRA tracks. Factoring in nationwide off-track wagering, the average daily betting handle on NYRA races totaled nearly $11 million. For more information, visit www.NYRA.com. Stay connected with New York Racing by following NYRA on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.
Seen in more than three million homes in a 10-state territory and 5.7 million nationally, Altitude is the television home of the Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche, Colorado Mammoth, Colorado Rapids, Colorado Eagles, Denver Outlaws, the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, University of Denver sports (soccer, volleyball, gymnastics and lacrosse,) Colorado State University and Air Force Academy football shows as well as other local and regional sports, entertainment and public service programming. A full list of Altitude programming and other information can be found at www.altitude.tv<http://www.altitude.tv>.
Altitude TV Schedule – 2016 Saratoga Race Course Meet
Date Show Title
22-Jul Saratoga Live: Opening Day
23-Jul Saratoga Live: Diana Stakes
24-Jul Saratoga Live: Coaching Club American Oaks
25-Jul Saratoga Live: Lucky Coin Stakes
27-Jul Saratoga Live: Honorable Miss Handicap
28-Jul Saratoga Live: John Morrissey Stakes
29-Jul Saratoga Live: Curlin Stakes
31-Jul Saratoga Live: Shuvee Stakes
1-Aug Saratoga Live: Coronation Cup Stakes
3-Aug Saratoga Live: Shine Again Stakes
4-Aug Saratoga Live: Quick Call Stakes
5-Aug Saratoga Live: National Museum of Racing HOF
6-Aug Saratoga Live: Whitney Stakes
7-Aug Saratoga Live: Alydar Stakes
8-Aug Saratoga Live: Cab Calloway Stakes
10-Aug Saratoga Live: Birdstone Stakes
11-Aug Saratoga Live: Statute of Liberty Stakes
12-Aug Saratoga Live: Tale of the Cat
13-Aug Saratoga Live: Fourstardave Handicap
14-Aug Saratoga Live: Saratoga Special Stakes
15-Aug Saratoga Live: Saratoga Dew Stakes
17-Aug Saratoga Live: Bolton Landing Stakes
18-Aug Saratoga Live: Union Avenue Stakes
19-Aug Saratoga Live: Skidmore Stakes
20-Aug Saratoga Live: Alabama Stakes
21-Aug Saratoga Live: Lake Placid Stakes
22-Aug Saratoga Live: Summer Colony Stakes
24-Aug Saratoga Live: John’s Call Stakes
25-Aug Saratoga Live: Riskaverse Stakes
26-Aug Saratoga Live: New York Showcase
27-Aug Saratoga Live: Personal Ensign Stakes
28-Aug Saratoga Live: Smart N Fancy Stakes
29-Aug Saratoga Live: Better Talk Now Stakes
31-Aug Saratoga Live: With Anticipation Stakes
2-Sep Saratoga Live: Evan Shipman Stakes
4-Sep Saratoga Live: Prioress Stakes
5-Sep Saratoga Live: Hopeful Stakes