Edited press releaseTVG will present live, on-site coverage Saturday of the seventh annual Summit of Speed from Miami's Calder Race Course and the eighth annual Claiming Crown from Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minn. The Summit of Speed is part of the TVG Sprint Division, leading to the $2 million TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I), scheduled for Nov. 4 at Churchill Downs. Portions of the coverage will be simulcast on FSN Prime Ticket, Fox Sports New York, Turner South, and Fox Sports Northwest. Check local listings for times. "TVG is committed to providing unmatched coverage of racing's premier events," said Tony Allevato, TVG senior vice president and executive producer.The Summit of Speed includes eight stakes races with combined purses of $1.9 million. The featured events are the $500,000 Princess Rooney Handicap (gr. I); the $500,000 Smile Sprint Handicap (gr. II); the $300,000 Carry Back States (gr. II); the $300,000 Azalea Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. III); the $100,000 Distaff Turf Sprint Handicap; and the $100,000 Calder Turf Sprint. Also on the schedule are the $80,000 Cassidy Stakes and the $80,000 Birdonthewire Stakes. Greg Wolf, Simon Bray, and Christina Olivares will be at Calder to provide analysis, interviews, and wagering selections.Expected to participate in the Summit of Speed are 2005 champion sprinter Lost in the Fog in the Smile Sprint, and the current leader among female sprinters, Dubai Escapade, in the Princess Rooney.The Claiming Crown encompasses seven races with total purse money of $600,000. Heading the action is the $150,000 Crown Jewel. There are two $100,000 contests: the Crown Emerald and the Crown Tiara; a pair of $75,000 races: the Claiming Crown Glass Slipper and the Claiming Crown Rapid Transit; and two $50,000 events: the Claiming Crown Iron Horse and the Claiming Crown Express. To be eligible to compete in the Claiming Crown, a horse must have started at least once since July 15, 2005, for a claiming price ranging from $7,500 to $35,000. Ken Rudulph and Matt Carothers will be at Canterbury for TVG.
TrackNet Media Group will offer Aug. 4 Claiming Crown racing at Ellis Park to arch-rivals TVG and Youbet.com, though a company executive said the move doesn’t indicate a softening of the hard lines drawn by the parties.