HRTV and TVG Both Offer Weekend Broadcasts from Longchamp
Updated: Wednesday, October 1, 2003 4:20 PM
Posted: Wednesday, October 1, 2003 4:20 PM
TVG will present live coverage of Sunday's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I), Europe's most prestigious horse race, from Longchamp Racecourse outside of Paris during a special two-hour program airing from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. ET. Post time for the Arc, a 1 1/2-miles race for horses three and up, is 11:30 a.m. ET.
HorseRacing TV (HRTV) will also provide Longchamp coverage as it broadcasts five group I races during Sunday's Arc Day. HRTV's racing day will commence early, with co-hosts Jon White and Joanne Jones picking up the action from France at 8:30 a.m. ET (5:30 a.m. PT). It is HRTV‚s second year of covering Arc Day.
Both networks will show the €1.6 million Arc, which has a post time of 11:30 a.m. (ET). The race is contested at 1 1/2 miles on the turf, and is held each year on the first Sunday in October. The race has been run annually since 1920.
HRTV will show four other group I races--the Prix de l' Abbaye (9 a.m.), a prep for the Breeders‚ Cup Sprint (gr. I), the Prix de l' Opera (9:35 a.m.), a prep for the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf (gr. IT), the Prix Marcel Boussac (10:10 a.m.), a prep for the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT), and the Grand Criterium (10:45 a.m.), a prep for the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I). The Prix du Grand Hotel Barrierire (11:15 a.m.) rounds out the coverage.
TVG's show will also carry live coverage of the €250,000 Prix Marcel Boussac (2-year-old fillies at one mile) and the €350,00 Grand Criterium (2-year-olds going seven furlongs), and same-day coverage of the €200,000 Prix de l'Abbaye (3-year-olds and up at five furlongs). TVG will also present taped coverage of the €250,000 Prix de l'Opera (fillies & mares three-and-up at 1 ?-miles) and the €200,000 Prix du Cadran (horses four-and-up at 2-1/2 miles).
High Chaparral, winner of last year's Breeders' Cup Turf, will be the likely favorite in the Arc. Coming off a victory in the Irish Champion Stakes (Ire-I), he will be challenged by the respective winners of this year's English and French Derbies, Kris Kin and Dalakhani, as well as by Ange Gabriel, Doyen, Mubtaker and Vinnie Roe.
Greg Wolf will host TVG's show and will be joined by TVG analyst Frank Lyons from TVG's studios in Los Angeles to provide in-depth race coverage including features on the Arc contestants, handicapping and race information.
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