TVG Will Air Arc Live
Updated: Monday, September 27, 2004 10:52 AM
Posted: Friday, September 24, 2004 4:04 PM
For the sixth consecutive year, TVG will present live coverage of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I), Europe's most prestigious horse race, from Longchamp Racecourse outside of Paris during a special 2 1/2-hour program airing Sunday, Oct. 3 from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ET. Post time for the Arc, a 1 1/2-mile race for horses 3-year-olds and up, is 11:30 a.m. EDT.
Providing commentary on the telecast will be Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens, who recently returned to the U.S. after riding in Europe for six months. Stevens, one of the stars of the movie "Seabiscuit," will join show host Todd Schrupp and TVG lead racing 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.
In addition to the Arc, the show will also feature live coverage of three other races: the Prix Marcel Boussac (Fr-I, 2-year-old fillies at one mile), the Grand Criterium (Fr-I, 2-year-olds at seven furlongs), and the Prix du Grand Hotel Barrieire (3-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles). All Arc Day races are on the turf and serve as stepping stones for the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, to be held October 30 at Lone Star Park.
"The Arc is one of the great events in international horseracing, and we are excited that for the sixth year in a row we will be bringing it live to our viewers," said Tony Allevato, TVG vice president and executive producer. "We are especially thrilled that Gary Stevens will be on hand to offer his unique commentary. After riding in Europe the past half year Gary brings insight that few others have."
As to the Arc itself, Sulamani, from the powerful Godolphin Racing stable, could enter the race as the favorite. Winner of more than $4.6 million, Sulamani captured the Juddmonte International last month for the fifth Group or Grade I win of his career. Also expected is Grey Swallow, who won the Irish Derby; North Light, who captured the Epsom Derby; Valixir, winner of the Prix Niel; Prospect Park, second in the Prix Niel; the ever dangerous Mubtaker, who was second in the race last year, and another Godolphin trainee, Mamool, winner of the September Stakes.
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