My favorite horse-racing program on television or radio is “At the Races With Steve Byk” on the Thoroughbred Racing Radio Network (TRRN). People in the United States and Canada can access it live on Sirius XM Satellite Radio (channel 209). Residents of any country with Internet availability can also listen in real time on the website thoroughbredracingradionetwork.com.
The program originates live from 9 AM-12 PM (Eastern USA time zone) Monday through Friday and is repeated the following day from 6 AM-9 AM. Broadcast archives are available on the TRRN website.
Mr. Byk’s program was launched in June of 2004 under the title “At the Races and Beyond.” Today, TRRN states that it is “the most listened to horse racing program in the world.”
The program segment I prefer most is hardly surprising, given my interest in horse-racing business: Mr. Byk’s conversations with racehorse owner and breeder Satish Sanan. Mr. Sanan made his fortune as a software entrepreneur, and his deep business background is especially helpful in analyzing and interpreting developments in horse racing.
Mr. Byk has content segments that appeal to a diversity of horse-racing interests. These include interviews with prominent trainers, handicappers, and turf writers. (TRRN posts a day-by-day schedule of guests on its website.) Mr. Byk invites listeners to call in with their perspectives and questions.
“At the Races With Steve Byk” provides the informational and analytical depth that appeals to seasoned fans of horse racing. However, the program undoubtedly has turned many casual fans–who happened to tune in—into devoted fans.
Mr. Byk has been articulate in defending horse racing against the frequently sensationalized accusations leveled in particular by the New York Times. He is factual and objective, and does not come across as an emotional or blind apologist for the industry.
The vast majority of sports reporters at newspapers and in the electronic media do not understand horse racing. Long gone are the days when some of the best sports writers were aficionados of the venerable sport. Major events such as the Breeders’ Cup are often carried in the newspapers under the byline of an AP reporter.
Thus Mr. Byk’s program serves as a welcome oasis for horse-racing fans—a genre that the mainstream sports media largely ignores and certainly does not appreciate.
The view here is that TRRN and Mr. Byk deserve an Eclipse Award for their enduring service to the advancement of American horse racing.
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