News Releases

Thursday, August 14, 2014Contact: Alexa Ravit (212) 521-5329
Sword Dancer Invitational Highlights The Jockey Club Tour’s Latest Trip to Saratoga

The Jockey Club Tour on FOX makes its third visit of the summer to historic Saratoga Race Course this Sunday with coverage of the 40th running of the Sword Dancer Invitational and the 2nd running of the Alydar Stakes.

The Grade I Sword Dancer carries a purse of $500,000 and will be run at 1 1/2 miles on turf for 3-year-olds and up, while the Alydar carries a purse of $100,000 and will be run at 1 1/8 miles on dirt for 4-year-olds and up. The Sword Dancer has been won by champions such as Theatrical and John Henry.

The show will air from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. EDT on FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes, and FOX Sports Go, and on-air duties will be handled by Greg Wolf, Richard Migliore, Andy Serling, Simon Bray, and Maggie Wolfendale.

The telecast will feature a tribute to NYRA announcer Tom Durkin, who will be retiring August 31 after calling races at NYRA racetracks for 24 years. It will also spotlight 2-year-old colts Jess’s Dream and Cozmic One, the first foals out of Horses of the Year Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta, respectively. Both colts are currently in training at Saratoga Race Course.

“The Sword Dancer Invitational is one of the most prestigious turf races in the country, and it is yet another example of the top-class events that are featured as part of The Jockey Club Tour on FOX,” said Jason Wilson, president, TJC Media Ventures.

In conjunction with the broadcast, Racing 101’s Joe Kristufek will again be hosting a live fan TweetUP beginning at 2 p.m. ET. Fans are encouraged to join the discussion at the handle @ABRLive using the hashtag #TJCTour. 

The remaining telecasts on The Jockey Club Tour on FOX schedule follow: 


Time (ET)



Sunday, Aug. 17

5:00 – 6:30 pm

Sword Dancer Invitational Stakes (G1)

Saratoga Race Course

Sunday, Sept. 14

5:00 – 6:30 pm

Ricoh Woodbine Mile (G1)

Woodbine Racetrack, Toronto

About FOX Sports 1
FOX Sports 1 is America’s new national multi-sport channel that launched on August 17 in approximately 90 million homes and boasts nearly 5,000 hours of live event, news and original programming annually. The channel has several pillar sports: college basketball and football, MLB (in 2014), NASCAR, NFL (ancillary programs), international soccer, UFC and Golden Boy boxing, and adds USGA events, including the U.S. Open, and FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2015. FOX SPORTS LIVE is FOX Sports 1’s flagship 24/7 news, opinion and highlights program, providing around the clock coverage through regularly scheduled programs, hourly updates and an information rich ticker. For more information, visit

About NYRA
NYRA’s mission is “Meeting the highest standards in thoroughbred racing and equine safety.” Founded in 1955, and franchised to run thoroughbred racing at New York’s three major tracks (Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park, and Saratoga Race Course) through 2033, NYRA boasts a lineage that actually stretches back almost 150 years. NYRA tracks are the cornerstone of the state’s thoroughbred business which contributes more than $2 billion annually to New York State’s urban, suburban and rural economy. In 2013, nearly 1.7 million people attended the live races at NYRA tracks. Factoring in nationwide off-track wagering, the average daily betting handle on NYRA races totals more than $9 million. NYRA has a vast network of websites, including, and You can also follow NYRA on social media platforms FacebookTwitter, YouTube, and Instagram.

About The Jockey Club 
The Jockey Club, founded in 1894 and dedicated to the improvement of Thoroughbred breeding and racing, is the breed registry for North American Thoroughbreds. In fulfillment of its mission, The Jockey Club, directly or through subsidiaries, provides support and leadership on a wide range of important industry initiatives, and it serves the information and technology needs of owners, breeders, media, fans and farms. It is a founding member of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association and the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities and the architect and sole funding source for America’s Best Racing, the broad-based fan development initiative for Thoroughbred racing. You can follow America’s Best Racing at as well as on social media platforms Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, and Instagram.