Youbet Regains Calder Signal
by Blood-Horse Staff
Date Posted: 4/22/2009 1:51:40 PM
Last Updated: 4/23/2009 9:28:41 AM
Youbet.com will carry the Calder Race Course signal for the live meet beginning April 24, saying the move is another building block on “continued cooperation” between parent company Churchill Downs Inc. and the advance deposit wagering entity.
“The agreement between us and Churchill Downs is another step in the continued cooperation between our companies, and we are looking forward to providing additional content from Churchill Downs and others over the near and long-term,” said Youbet.com chief executive officer Michael Brodsky in a news release.
Youbet was not able to carry the Calder signal in 2008 as part of a wide-ranging dispute with TrackNet Media Group, which negotiates content agreements for CDI and Magna Entertainment Corp, and horsemen’s groups. Since that time, Youbet has added to its wagering lineup several TrackNet-affiliated tracks such as Gulfstream Park, Fair Grounds, Oaklawn Park, and Santa Anita Park, among others.
“We … will continue to work with Youbet.com management to provide mutual benefits for our companies and further expand the horse racing industry,” said CDI senior vice president Kevin Flanery in the release.
One track missing from Youbet’s current lineup of available tracks is Churchill Downs, which opens its spring meet April 25.
In March, Youbet announced it reached international agreements for signals from South Africa and Sweden, as well as additional tracks in the United Kingdom and Puerto Rico.
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