TVG to Telecast Dubai  World Cup
TVG announced March 27 it reached a "last-minute agreement" to feature live coverage of the March 29 Dubai World Cup from Nad al Sheba Racecourse in Dubai of the United Arab Emirates.

It was previously announced HRTV would also carry coverage of the Dubai World Cup. TVG’s coverage includes the major stakes races on the Dubai World Cup card, including the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I), Godolphin Mile (UAE-II), UAE Derby (UAE-II), Dubai Golden Shaheen (UAE-I), Dubai Duty Free (UAE-IT), and the Dubai Sheema Classic (UAE-IT).

TVG’s Dubai World Cup coverage, beginning at 10:30 a.m. EST, will be hosted by Todd Schrupp, who will be joined by Simon Bray and jockey Corey Nakatani. Bray was the assistant trainer for Bill Mott when Cigar captured the 1996 inaugural running of the Dubai World Cup. Nakatani has ridden several times at Nad al Sheba and won the 2001 Golden Shaheen aboard Caller One. Advance deposit wagering is available on all races through, and TVG’s telephone wagering systems.

“TVG is thrilled to deliver the world’s richest horse race featuring Curlin to more homes than any other network in the country,” said Tony Allevato, TVG’s executive producer, in a news release.  “We are extremely grateful to the Dubai Racing Club.  Without its efforts, our coverage would not be possible.”

Curlin, the reigning U.S. Horse of the Year and winner of the 2007 Breeders’ Cup Classic Powered by Dodge (gr. I), is taking on a star-studded international cast in the World Cup that includes Vermilion from Japan, Asiatic Boy from Argentina, Happy Boy from Brazil and Premium Tap from Saudi Arabia. Curlin’s fellow U.S. counterparts Well Armed, Great Hunter and A.P. Arrow will also contest this year’s World Cup, in which a field of 13 will travel the 1 ¼-miles classic distance.

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