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"Road" Shows on ESPN Grab More Viewers

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Wednesday that television viewership for the first four shows of its "Road to the Breeders' Cup World Championships -- Powered by Dodge" was up 45% over last year's numbers.

HRTV to Show Racing From California Fair Circuit

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HorseRacing TV has entered into a comprehensive agreement with the California Authority of Racing Fairs for the live telecast and promotion of California fair racing over the next four months.

National Belmont TV Ratings Slump 22%

ABC Sports picked a tough time to get back into the Triple Crown business. Without Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro and Preakness victor Bernardini, the Belmont Stakes was left without a star attraction, and that was reflected in national television ratings for the June 10 running from New York.

Dr. Bramlage Looks Back on Barbaro's Preakness

Three weeks after telling the world about the condition of Barbaro directly after the horse's breakdown at the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), noted veterinarian Dr. Larry Bramlage was relaxing on the Belmont apron, enjoying the morning workouts the day before the Belmont Stakes (gr. I).

Preakness TV Ratings Tick Up

NBC's telecast of the May 20 Preakness Stakes from Pimlico Race Course near Baltimore, Md., drew a slightly higher audience than the 2005 running. The network reported a 5.4 national rating and a 14 share for the program, which ran from 5 to 6:50 p.m. EDT.

Preakness Overnight TV Ratings Down Slightly

The overnight ratings for NBC's coverage of the Preakness Stakes May 20 indicated a small drop-off in viewers from 2005's numbers. The overnights, which measure viewership in 54 major markets, gave the overall telecast a 5.7 rating and a 14 share, down 4% from last year's 5.9/14.

Retired Jockey Stevens Signs Contract with NBC

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Retired jockey Gary Stevens has officially joined NBC Sports' broadcasting team, according to his manager, Kelly Weitsma. The Hall of Fame rider finalized a long-term deal with NBC earlier this month, and will co-host the network's horse racing coverage along with broadcasting veteran Tom Hammond.

DeVito Named President of NTRA Productions

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Veteran television executive Basil DeVito Jr., who served as senior vice president for television and sponsorship for the National Thoroughbred Racing Association from 1998-99, has rejoined the organization as president of NTRA Productions.

ESPN Executive to Leave; Still Speaking at Round Table

Mark Shapiro, the ESPN executive who was instrumental in moving the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships to his network in 2006, is leaving ESPN effective Oct. 1 to become chief executive officer of Red Zone, a private entertainment investment company founded by Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder.

'Claiming Crown' to be Broadcast on HRTV

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The Claiming Crown, which will offer $650,000 in purses for seven races, will be broadcast live on HorseRacing Television July 16 from Canterbury Park in Minnesota.

Belmont Stakes Ratings Down in Last Run on NBC

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Without a possible Triple Crown winner on the line, ratings for NBC's June 11 broadcast of the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) dropped to an average overnight rating of 5.0 with an 11 share, down from 13.4 with a 27 share from last year when Smarty Jones made his bid for the 2004 Triple Crown.

It's Yes Yes for 'No Mo Do Giacomo'

It was about 10 years ago that Louisville singer-songwriter Tim Krekel sat down with his guitar and wrote a seemingly simple song--"No Mo Do Giacomo"--about a guy who had run out of money after living the high life for too long.

Breeders' Cup Inks Eight-Year Deal With ESPN

The Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships will be televised on ESPN beginning in 2006 under an eight-year contract between the two parties, officials announced April 29. Financial details weren't released, but officials called it a "revenue-sharing" package designed to help racing capitalize on multimedia and technology.

Dish Network Launches TVG Interactive

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After years of promises and disappointments, true two-way interactivity for horse-race wagering will reach 10 million TV sets nationwide this month through the Dish Network's launch March 2 of the TVG Interactive Horseracing channel.

CBS News to Feature Jockey Winkfield

African-American jockey Jimmy Winkfield, who won back-to-back runnings of the Kentucky Derby at the turn of the 20th century, is the subject of a feature on the CBS "Evening News" that will air today, Monday, Jan. 17.

TCT Contract Parameters Tied to TV Deals

The amount of money Breeders' Cup contributes to the Thoroughbred Championship Tour beginning in 2006 will hinge on the television contracts negotiated this year by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association for next year and beyond.

WAVE TV Wins Eclipse Award for Derby Coverage

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WAVE 3 in Louisville, Ky., won the Media Eclipse Award for local television for its pre-and post-race coverage surrounding last year's Kentucky Derby (gr. I), the National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Jan. 4.

TVG to Present Live Coverage of Eclipse Awards

TVG will break new ground when it presents a live telecast of the 34th annual Eclipse Awards, Monday, Jan. 24 from 6-10 p.m. PT. The network's telecast, from the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles, marks the first time horseracing's "Oscars" will be presented live on TV.

For NTRA, Membership Scheme a Priority for 2005

With membership contracts set to expire at the end of 2005, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association is formulating a long-range strategy that is expected to rely on dues in some form. Meanwhile, the search for a chief executive officer won't begin until the master plan is in place.

It's Official: Belmont Stakes Headed to ABC

The 18-year-old television deal between the partners in Triple Crown Productions has been dissolved. Just days after New York Racing Association chairman Barry Schwartz said the NYRA would move in another direction, it was announced Oct. 4 the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), third leg of the Triple Crown, would be broadcast via ABC Sports beginning in 2006.

'Dream Derby' Moves Forward With Casting Call

Planning for The American Dream Derby, the first reality television program based on horse racing, is well under way in advance of a three-week shoot set to begin Oct. 31, officials with The Network For Games (GSN) said.

Partners in Triple Crown Productions at Odds

A rift has developed among the partners in Triple Crown Productions, which holds the television rights to the three grade I Visa Triple Crown events: the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course, and the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park.

TVG Offers Exclusive Keeneland Sale Coverage

TV Games Network will offer exclusive live coverage of the Keeneland September yearling sale Sept. 13-15, with reports from the Keeneland sale pavilion beginning each day at 1 p.m. (EDT) and continuing until 7 p.m.

Big TV Weekend for Classic Division

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The Breeders' Cup Classic Division Powered by Dodge takes center stage this weekend as 3 year olds and up start serious preparation for the headline event at Lone Star Oct. 30. The action will be televised by the ESPN family of networks.

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