The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association and the National Horseman’s Benevolent and Protective Association announced that TVG will be the official television partner of the 2010 Claiming Crown to be held at Canterbury Park July 24.
TVG will provide exclusive live coverage of the 2010 Claiming Crown for the 12th annual renewal of the $500,000 event. TVG hosts will be on site at Canterbury Park, anchoring day-long coverage of Claiming Crown races and festivities. In addition, TVG will offer promotional spots and other pre-event coverage of the Claiming Crown during the week leading up to the event.
“We are honored and excited to have TVG return in 2010 as the official television partner of the Claiming Crown,” said TOBA president Dan Metzger in a release. “TVG offers a significant amount of exposure to the event as well as a first-class production. They have been terrific partners in assisting us with the development and growth of the Claiming Crown.”
“Our 30,000 members across North America are big fans of Claiming Crown and we couldn’t be happier having TVG’s wonderful support,” said National HBPA president and chairman Joe Santanna in a statement. “Most new owners in racing started out as fans and claimed their way into the sport like me. With TVG’s help, we’ll raise the awareness among those fans that you don’t have to be a billionaire to take the next step in owning a race horse. Remember Furthest Land went from Claiming Crown to Breeders’ Cup winner!”
“TVG is proud to be a partnering once again with the NHBPA and TOBA to present coverage of the Claiming Crown,” said Betfair TVG’s VP of Business Development, Matthew Cullen in a release. “Through this partnership with the horsemen, TVG strives to support the lifeblood of our sport, the owners. By providing broad distribution and in-depth coverage of the Claiming Crown, TVG hopes to expose the game to many new fans.”
Claiming Crown features six races, with purses ranging from $50,000 to $150,000 and is open to horses that have started at least once since Jan. 1, 2009 for claiming prices ranging from $7,500 to $35,000. The day’s featured event is the Jewel, a 1 1/8-mile event on the main track with a purse of $150,000. Also on the program are two 1 1/16-mile mile races on the turf, three six furlong dashes on the dirt, and a 1 1/16-mile race on the main track. For more information please visit www.claimingcrown.com.