Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) April 13, 2011
Spring may be in the air, but for TVG, America’s Horseracing Network, Spring is on the air as April brings the return of live, exclusive coverage from three of North America’s premier Thoroughbred racing venues, Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, KY and Hollywood Park near Los Angeles.
The 167-day Woodbine meet got underway this past Saturday. Meet highlights include the $1 million Queens Plate, the opening leg in the Canadian Triple Crown on June 26, the $1.5 million Pattison Canadian International and the $1 million E.P. Taylor, both on October 16.
Keeneland’s 15-day spring meet begins Friday, and will feature 15 graded stakes, including four grade one contests. The meet’s key Kentucky Derby prep, the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes, is slated for April 16. TVG will be on-site at Keeneland throughout the meet, with commentary, analysis and handicapping provided by Todd Schrupp, Paul LoDuca, Michelle Yu and Donna Barton Brothers on opening weekend. Simon Bray will join the cast for coverage during the remainder of the meet.
Hollywood Park’s 54-day meet gets underway April 21, and will include 27 graded stakes, including seven grade one events. Highlights include the Hollywood Gold Cup (July 9) and the American Oaks (July 16). TVG on-air talent will present every race of the meet live from the track.
“Having exclusive rights to premier track partners like Woodbine, Keeneland and Hollywood Park really allows us to focus on their horse races and that means great viewing and wagering for our fans and account holders,” said Tony Allevato, TVG senior vice president and executive producer.
“We love having TVG on-site because it adds to the buzz of our meet,” said Keeneland president and CEO Nick Nicholson. “The TVG team’s ability to provide outstanding horse racing analysis, along with insightful interviews with our sport’s biggest newsmakers as well as behind-the-scenes glimpses of what goes on here is extremely valuable to viewers. We appreciate their partnership.”
"We are delighted that TVG recognizes the quality of Woodbine and Mohawk racing and have chosen to showcase our races again this year,” said Steve Koch, vice president Thoroughbred racing, Woodbine Entertainment Group. “The exposure we received on TVG last year was a key contributor to Woodbine's success and one of the reasons why Woodbine was able to grow its handle in a declining market."
TVG, the official TV and Interactive Wagering partner of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) and a subsidiary of Betfair Group Ltd, the premier e-gaming betting community, is among the most widely distributed horseracing networks in the world. TVG is the largest legal horse race betting company in the US, accepting over $500 million in wagers in 2009. The company has demonstrated its commitment to the racing industry, its owners, tracks and fans through sponsorship of several preeminent races including the TVG Breeders Cup Mile and the Betfair/TVG Triple Tiara. TVG viewers in certain areas can wager interactively on races via telephone, the Internet, TVG Mobile or Interactive Television by establishing a wagering account online at http://www.tvg.com or by telephone at 1-888-PLAY-TVG.