The options for sports fans to bet on and even watch aren’t exactly plentiful at the moment. The COVID-19 pandemic has paralyzed sports since mid-March, taking wagering options with it.
While sports gaming won’t be legal in Colorado until May 1, there are some options for horse bettors on TV this weekend.
Three stakes races on tap
TVG, America’s horse racing network is partnering with NBC Sports to bring live horse racing fans 12 hours of coverage from Friday, April 24 through Sunday, April 26 from 2-6 p.m. MT all three days. This is the fifth consecutive weekend fans will have horse racing coverage.
The coverage will include horse racing from across the country, including three stakes races:
- The $100,000 Bachelor Stakes from Oaklawn Park
- The $125,000 Carousel Stakes from Oaklawn Park
- The $75,000 Unbridled Stakes from Gulfstream Park
In addition to Oaklawn Park, TVG will also show racing from tracks throughout the country, including Gulfstream Park and Tampa Bay Downs.
The six-furlong $125,000 Carousel Stakes has drawn a field of eight fillies and mares, including a pair of Grade I winners, Bellafina for trainer Simon Callaghan and the Steve Asmussen-trained Mia Mischief. In the $100,000 Bachelor Stakes, Grade I winning juvenile Eight Rings will make his sophomore debut for trainer Bob Baffert.
Gulfstream Park’s featured race on Saturday is the $75,000 Unbridled Stakes, which has drawn a field of seven three-year-olds, including Dr. Post, a recent maiden winner for trainer Todd Pletcher. Dr. Post who will have Irad Ortiz, Jr. aboard. Ortiz, leading jockey at Gulfstream Park’s championship meet, returns to the saddle after a month off.
TVG will also air several special features in advance of “Trackside Live” on Saturday morning as part of an ongoing weekly series. The Saturday morning broadcast will include a replay of a feature on trainer Richard Mandella’s remarkable four-win day at the 2003 Breeders’ Cup titled “Man Oh Mandella What a Day!”
Reliving American Pharoah’s dominance
In addition, TVG will also replay the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Classic where American Pharoah became the first horse to sweep the “Grand Slam” – the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, Belmont Stakes, and Breeders’ Cup Classic.
The 2003 Breeders’ Cup special will air at 8 a.m. MT and the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Classic will follow at 9 a.m.