By Karen M. Johnson
As of Jan. 9, HRTV was still not permitted to show races from Aqueduct. The New York State Racing and Wagering Board continues to assess HRTV’s application to show video from Aqueduct, said NYSRWB spokesman Dan Toomey Jan. 9.
“We are reviewing the application,” Toomey said.
Toomey declined to elaborate any further, except to say he could not put a timetable on how long the review process would take.
It is the second application submitted by HRTV, which had originally provided the NYSRWB with one late in December.
HRTV, which is owned by Churchill Downs Inc. and Magna Entertainment Corp., did show video of Aqueduct’s races for the first few days of the new year, but the feed hasn’t been shown since Jan. 4.
The New York board granted approval for Xpressbet.com and Twinspires.com, two wagering sites connected with HRTV, to take bets on races from Aqueduct.
Races from the New York Racing Association’s tracks were not previously offered by HRTV, as its competitor, TVG, had exclusive rights to show races from Aqueduct, Belmont Park, and Saratoga.
A notice on HRTV’s web site from Jan. 4, informed customers that video feed of Aqueduct’s races is still pending approval from the NYSRWB.
In other related simulcasting news from Aqueduct, beginning Jan. 14, the track will offer simulcast wagering from tracks around the country on the track's traditional dark days, Mondays and Tuesdays. The wagering menu on Mondays will feature racing from Gulfstream Park, Fair Grounds, Philadelphia Park, and Santa Anita. Tuesdays' line-up will include simulcasting from Tampa Bay Downs, Philly Park, and Turf Paradise.
Billed as "Aqueduct Sunshine Simulcasts," the track will offer track prices on the wagers, plus free admission and parking.
“With the simulcast schedule offering some attractive options, we are pleased to give our customers access to some of the best warm weather racing this winter,” said Hal Handel, NYRA executive vice president and COO. “NYRA believes the expanded scope of wagering opportunities will benefit the racing fan, our employees, and the purse account for horsemen racing at Aqueduct.”