Every Race, Every Day: TVG Featuring Live Coverage From Keeneland

TVG, America’s horse racing network, will be broadcasting every race, every day with expanded coverage of Keeneland’s Spring Meet which begins on Friday, April 2, and runs through Friday, April 23. Opening weekend will feature the Eclipse Award champion and TVG Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) winner Essential Quality as he puts his four-race undefeated streak on the line in the $800,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G2).

Todd Schrupp, Joaquin Jaime, Caleb Keller, Caton Bredar, Gabby Gaudet and Scott Hazelton will be broadcasting live from Keeneland with exclusive interviews, expert analysis and insights throughout opening weekend. Friday’s ten-race card will feature a pair of graded stakes races – the $150,000 Beaumont Stakes (G3) and the Transylvania Stakes (G3). The Keeneland Spring meet will feature fifteen graded stakes races.

On Saturday, there will be Kentucky Derby points on the line in the $800,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G2) which offers 100-40-20-10 qualifying points to the top four finishers. Essential Quality, trained by Brad Cox and ridden by recent Dubai World Cup (G1) winning jockey Luis Saez, will face a field of eight rivals including Highly Motivated, a stakes winner trained by Chad Brown.

Saturday at Keeneland will also feature the $500,000 Central Bank Ashland Stakes (G1), a Kentucky Oaks (G1) prep for sophomore fillies. The race will feature the three-year-old debut of Malathaat for trainer Todd Pletcher and Shadwell Stable. The bay daughter of Curlin is out of Grade 1 winning mare Dreaming of Julia and was undefeated from three starts as a juvenile. Joel Rosario will be in the irons.

The Road to the Kentucky Derby (G1) will run through California on Saturday with the $750,000 Runhappy Santa Anita Derby (G1), a top-tier Kentucky Derby (G1) prep race with 100-40-20-10 points up for grabs for the top four finishers. Trainer Bob Baffert will try to add a tenth Santa Anita Derby victory to his resume and will saddle two contenders in the field of ten – graded stakes winner Medina Spirit with John Velazquez aboard and recent maiden winner Defunded with Mike Smith up.

TVG’s Mike Joyce, Simon Bray, Christina Blacker and Dave Weaver will be reporting live from Santa Anita with full coverage of the twelve-race card which will feature a total of six stakes races.

TVG will also be broadcasting the eleven-race card from Aqueduct which will feature five graded stakes races including the $750,000 Wood Memorial Stakes (G2), a major prep race on the road to the Kentucky Derby with 100-40-20-10 qualifying points available to the top four finishers. The race has drawn a field of nine including Risk Taking, one of two horses for trainer Chad Brown. The son of Medaglia d’Oro was last seen winning the Withers Stakes (G3) in February and will team up with Irad Ortiz, Jr.

In addition to racing from Keeneland, Santa Anita and Gulfstream Park, TVG will feature racing from Oaklawn Park, Aqueduct and more. Fans can tune in on TVG, TVG2 and the Watch TVG app which is available on Amazon Fire, Roku and connected Apple TV devices.

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