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Hopeful Stakes at Saratoga next stop for The Jockey Club Tour on FOX Sports 1

September 4, 2015     E-mail this page to a friend!

The Jockey Club Tour on FOX Sports 1 (FS1) will visit Saratoga Race Course on Monday, September 7, for live coverage of the prestigious $350,000 Hopeful Stakes (G1). The telecast on FS1 and FOX Sports GO (Digital) will air from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time (3:00 to 4:00 Mountain).

The show will include a feature on Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, with a retrospective look at his second-place finish in the Travers Stakes and an update on future plans for the colt.

Tom Durkin, the longtime New York Racing Association announcer and a resident of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., will make a live appearance and has co-produced “Life at Saratoga.” In this feature Durkin will visit some of his favorite places in Saratoga.

The “stars of tomorrow” segment of the telecast will feature up-and-coming trainer Joe Sharp, who is married to ex-jockey Rosie Napravnik. Sharp is currently ranked 40th in earnings for 2015 with $2.19 million after only a year on his own.

Contested for 2-year-olds at 7 furlongs on the dirt, the Hopeful Stakes was first run in 1903 and often provides an early look at contenders for the next Triple Crown series.

The list of past winners includes Man o’ War (1919), Whirlaway (1940), Secretariat (1973), and Affirmed (1977), all of whom went on to win the Triple Crown, as well as numerous other champions.

“The Hopeful Stakes gives us the opportunity to showcase horses that may be headed to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile later this year and then the Triple Crown races next spring,” said Jason Wilson, president, TJC Media Ventures.

The telecast will also provide live coverage of the Bernard Baruch Handicap for 3-year-olds and up at 1-1/16 miles on the turf, which was won by champion Wise Dan in 2014.

The on-air duties will once again be handled by Greg Wolf, Richard Migliore, Andy Serling, and Alyssa Ali.

Following the Hopeful Stakes, The Jockey Club Tour on FS1 will conclude its 2015 schedule on Sunday, September 13, with live coverage of the Ricoh Woodbine Mile (GI), a Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series race, at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto.