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Saturday’s telecast of The Jockey Club Tour on FOX Sports 1 to feature Chrome-Belief rematch, Van Dyke profile and Durkin essay


February 6, 2015     E-mail this page to a friend!

The Jockey Club Tour on FOX Sports 1 breaks from the gate in dramatic fashion on Saturday with a two-hour telecast featuring four major stakes races from historic Gulfstream Park and Santa Anita Park, a Pick-4 wager on those races, a betting challenge to benefit equine charities and several feature stories on horses and people.

The telecast, which airs from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Eastern Time (3:30-5:30 Mountain Time) on FOX Sports 1, includes the $500,000 Donn Handicap, the $500,000 San Antonio, the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap and the $200,000 San Marcos Stakes.

The San Antonio features 2014 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome and 2013 Eclipse Award winner Shared Belief. California Chrome has been installed as the morning-line favorite at 6-to-5, while Shared Belief starts at 7-to-5.

America’s Best Racing has produced a promotional video for the rematch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frJ1jkzG2Qk&feature=youtu.be

The Donn Handicap field includes Lea, who won last year’s Donn; Constitution, the winner of the 2014 Florida Derby; and Commissioner, who was second in the 2014 Belmont Stakes.

In addition to the four races, viewers will also see features on Eclipse Award-winning apprentice jockey Drayden Van Dyke, a “week in the life” of California Chrome, and a tour of recently renovated Santa Anita Park.

For this and other select telecasts on The Jockey Club Tour on FOX Sports 1 series, Tom Durkin, the longtime racecaller for the New York Racing Association Inc., Breeders’ Cup and Triple Crown races, will write and narrate an essay. Saturday’s commentary will focus on California Chrome and Shared Belief.

Greg Wolf, Richard Migliore, Andy Serling, Simon Bray and Alyssa Ali will once again handle the on-air duties.