DONN HANDICAP KICKS OFF “JOCKEY CLUB TOUR” ON FOX TV

The February 9 running of the $500,000 Donn Handicap, the first major race of the year for older racehorses, will kick off “The Jockey Club Tour on FOX” series of races, which will be televised on FOX Sports 1 during 2014. The new series includes eight other telecasts that will feature several of North America’s most prestigious races for older horses as well as the $10,000,000 Dubai World Cup, the world’s richest Thoroughbred race.

(Not everybody was thrilled with the race choices including Steven Crist of the Daily Racing Form.)

The announcement of the 2014 schedule was made today by David Nathanson, general manager and chief operating officer of FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2, and Ogden Mills Phipps, chairman of The Jockey Club.

While the nine telecasts will predominantly feature older horses, there will also be prominent races for 2-year-olds and 3-year-olds. The Toyota Blue Grass Stakes Day from Keeneland will provide fans the opportunity to watch contenders on the 2014 Triple Crown trail and the Saratoga Special from Saratoga Race Course in August will showcase 2-year-olds that might compete in the 2015 Triple Crown.

The Jockey Club Tour on FOX series schedule includes the following races:

Sunday Feb. 9 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm Donn Handicap (G1) Gulfstream Park, Hallandale, Florida

Saturday, March 29 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Dubai World Cup Meydan Race Course, Dubai

Saturday, April 12 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G1) Keeneland, Lexington, Kentucky

Sunday, May 11 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm Man o’ War Stakes (G1) Belmont Park, Elmont, New York

Sunday July 6 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm United Nations Stakes (G1) Monmouth Park, Oceanport, New Jersey

Sunday, July 20 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Eddie Read Stakes (G1) Del Mar, Del Mar, California

TVG Coaching Club American Oaks (G1) Saratoga Race Course, Saratoga Springs, New York

Sunday, Aug. 10 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm Saratoga Special Stakes (G2) Saratoga Race Course

Sunday, Aug. 17  5:00 pm – 6:30 pm Sword Dancer Invitational Stakes (G1) Saratoga Race Course

Sunday, Sept. 14 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm Ricoh Woodbine Mile (G1) Woodbine Racetrack, Toronto

Each telecast will include at least two top stakes races featuring the leading horses in North America. The complete list of all races, as well as the names of the on-air talent for the shows, will be announced in the near future, pending final approval from all necessary organizations.

The partnership between the FOX Sports Media Group and The Jockey Club is a multi-year agreement that was announced in August 2013. FOX Sports 1, America’s new sports network, launched on Saturday, Aug. 17.

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