TVG to Televise 2012 Oaklawn Meet

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TVG, America’s Horseracing Network, has added Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., to its winter lineup and will televise the 2012 Oaklawn meet beginning January 13.

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TVG, America’s Horseracing Network, has added Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., to its winter lineup and will televise the 2012 Oaklawn meet beginning January 13.

The 56-day meet concludes April 14 with the running of the Grade I, $1 million Arkansas Derby, a major Kentucky Derby prep.

“Oaklawn is an important addition to our TV lineup,” said Tony Allevato, TVG Executive Vice President. “It is home to one of the nation’s premier winter race meets, offering events that are prominent on the Triple Crown Trail. I believe our viewers will enjoy all the color and excitement the meet offers.”

“Oaklawn is thrilled to open our live races up to the TVG audience,” said Bobby Geiger, Director of Wagering and Gaming. “Our horseracing program has produced champion after champion the last decade and as we enter a new era, with TVG personality Frank Mirahmadi taking over as our new announcer, the timing seemed perfect to join the network. We are really excited about our 2012 meet and look forward to seeing who our next Zenyatta or Havre de Grace will be.”

Racing at Oaklawn will primarily be conducted from Thursdays through Sundays, with the exceptions of opening week, which kicks off on a Friday and ends on Monday, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day; President’s Weekend and the final week of the season which runs from Wednesday through Saturday.

All told, the Oaklawn Meet will offer stakes worth almost $5.2 million, including 10 graded events, highlighted by the previously mentioned Arkansas Derby and the Grade I, $500,000 Apple Blossom Handicap, contested on Friday, April 13. In addition to the Arkansas Derby, the meet’s other top Kentucky Derby preps are the Grade II, $500,000 Rebel Stakes and the Grade III, $250,000 Southwest Stakes. The Grade II, $300,000 Fantasy Stakes for 3-year-old fillies, is a major Kentucky Oaks stepping stone.

TVG, 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 one of the largest legal online horse betting companies in the US, accepting over $600 million in wagers in 2010. 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 TVG Pacific Classic. 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.

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