NYRA Network Introduces “The National Racing Report”
The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) will begin airing a new television show, “The National Racing Report,” starting Saturday, February 12, on the NYRA Network, channel 71 on Time Warner’s basic cable system.
Hosted by NYRA TV Analysts Jason Blewitt and Andy Serling, the show will usually air Saturday and Wednesday mornings. The Saturday show will preview upcoming weekend stakes races from New York and around the country, while the Wednesday edition will recap major stakes from the previous weekend with a focus on Triple Crown preps.
“It's an exciting time at NYRA, and the NYRA Network is a big part of that,” Serling said. “The National Racing Report is our latest effort to bring more information to our fans. While New York racing will always be the primary focus of our programming, like our customers, we are always interested in the important races taking place around the country, especially at this time of year with the Triple Crown quickly approaching.”
Each segment will air live at 9:30 a.m. on Saturdays and Wednesdays, with a taped replay following at 10:30 a.m. on both days. On weeks with special holiday live racing on Monday at the NYRA track, the recap show will usually air on Thursday instead of Wednesday. When live racing at Aqueduct Racetrack shifts to a 1 p.m. first post, the segments will air at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Late last year, NYRA reached an agreement with New York City to provide content for Channel 71, a channel that had previously carried the NYCOTB Racing Network. The channel, now known as the NYRA Network, shows racing content from approximately 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. After the conclusion of NYRA’s live races, the channel highlights select simulcast signals from tracks around the country, with coverage usually extending to the end of the card at Santa Anita. On NYRA dark days, usually Mondays and Tuesdays, the channel exclusively shows simulcast signals from around the country.
Founded in 1955, and franchised to run thoroughbred racing at New York’s three major tracks through 2033, NYRA boasts a lineage that actually stretches back almost 150 years. NYRA tracks are the cornerstone of the state’s thoroughbred business which contributes more than $2 billion annually to New York State’s urban, suburban and rural economy. In 2010, more than 1.6 million people attended the live races at NYRA tracks. Factoring in nationwide off-track wagering, the average daily betting handle on NYRA races totals more than $8.7 million. NYRA has a vast network of websites, including www.nyra.com, www.belmontstakes.com, and www.nyragroupsales.com. You can also follow NYRA on social media platforms Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, and YouTube.