SiriusXM to offer 10 hours of live coverage from Belmont Park on race day, plus preview programming throughout the week
NEW YORK – June 6, 2012 – Sirius XM Radio (NASDAQ: SIRI) today announced that it will offer listeners nationwide comprehensive coverage of the 2012 Belmont Stakes and the historic attempt by I’ll Have Another to achieve thoroughbred racing’s illustrious Triple Crown.
On Saturday, June 9, SiriusXM listeners will hear the live race call (post time: 6:40 pm ET) from Belmont Park in Elmont, NY on Sirius channel 93, Sirius channel 94 and XM channel 209. The broadcast will also air on the SportsZone channel (860) on SiriusXM.com and on the SiriusXM Internet Radio App for smartphones and other mobile devices.
After winning both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes with thrilling, come-from-behind efforts down the stretch, I’ll Have Another is poised to become just the 12th Triple Crown winner in thoroughbred racing history, and the first since Affirmed won the elusive trifecta in 1978. The three-year-old colt and jockey Mario Gutierrez have won all four of their starts in 2012.
“When a horse comes this close to winning the Triple Crown, the sports world stops to pay attention,” said Steve Cohen, SiriusXM’s SVP of Sports Programming. “Throughout the week our hosts will be at Belmont every day giving fans the latest reports from the track and the paddocks. On race day, we will provide comprehensive pre-race programming plus the wire-to-wire race call. SiriusXM subscribers will be able to follow this historic event every step of the way.”
On race day, SiriusXM will offer 10 hours of live on-site coverage from Belmont Park as the exclusive horse racing program, Down The Stretch, will broadcast live from the venue from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm ET on Sirius channel 93 and XM channel 209. Renowned track announcer Dave Johnson and journalist Bill Finley will host, providing the latest updates on the race field and interviews with jockeys, trainers and owners. At post time, listeners will hear the live call of the 144th Belmont Stakes by Belmont track announcer Tom Durkin.
During the week leading up to the event, listeners can also hear daily racing talk and analysis on At The Races with Steve Byk (weekdays, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm ET), immediately followed by Countdown to the Triple Crown, provided by Horse Racing Radio Network (Wed.-Fri., 12:00-2:00 pm ET), on Sirius channel 93 and XM channel 209. Hosts will report on all the latest news from the track and chat with handicapping experts and trainers each day to give listeners an in-depth look at the field leading up to race day.
On race day, subscribers can also hear HRRN’s live race call of the Belmont Stakes, as well as the day’s undercard races, on Sirius channel 94.
SiriusXM has provided horse racing fans with Eclipse Award-winning coverage of the sport, offering live broadcasts of thoroughbred and harness races from around the country plus racing talk shows that feature the latest news, handicapping and analysis. For more info visit www.siriusxm.com.