Q: I can't make it to Saratoga this Saturday, can I watch the Woodward Stakes on national Television?
A: No, It is available if you have TVG, HRTV or on MSG+ network ( a regional network available in the Middle Atlantic region of the US)
Q: I don't live in the Middle Atlantic area and my cable provider does not carry TVG or HRTV. Can't a national network broadcast it. I thought Rachel Alexandra is a national sensation?
A: In the racing world yes, outside of it no. College football starts this weekend. Football is a television sport. People love watching it as much as they love gambling on it. Advertisers know that, hence you will see many, many games this weekend.
A: Yes, ESPN will televise 28 college football games this weekend across the various stations that make up the ESPN network including ABC.
Q: Oh, maybe NBC will pick up the race, they broadcast the Derby and Preakness right?
A: Yes, they did broadcast those races, and No- they will not pick it up, NBC will be broadcasting the Notre Dame-Nevada college football game this Saturday.
A: Nope , they have the Tennis US Open
Q: Your kidding me, what else would they broadcast instead , an NFL Exhibition game?
A: Yes, they would-and happily so, last Sunday's NFL Exhibition game on NBC drew 10.6 million viewers and a 6.5 rating.
Q: But doesn't everyone want to see Rachel run?
A: Yes, but against horses she has a rivalry with, not against older non-stars. The Preakness with the feel good story of Mine That Bird going against Rachel Alexandra was a story the networks love and can sell. The Woodward is a much harder sell.
Q: What should I do?
A: The weather will be great this weekend in Saratoga. Come up and watch the race.