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TVG to Gain Wider Exposure Through Comcast Deal

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Wider distribution of TV Games Network through the nation's largest cable provider, Comcast, highlights a new joint venture between the cable company and TVG's parent company, Gemstar-TV Guide.

Jill Byrne Joins TVG Full-Time

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Jill Byrne, who has previously worked in studio and as an analyst and reporter on such TVG programming as "The Works" and "Trackside Live," will join the network as a full-time analyst beginning with TVG coverage of the Keeneland spring meet on April 2.

'Blinkers Off' Debuts Friday on TVG

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Blinkers Off, a weekly 10-minute segment that will preview the weekend's big races, will debut Friday on TV Games Network at 12:05 p.m. Eastern.

Here and There

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Suffolk Downs hires new racing secretary, Texas Thoroughbred Association launches new web site.

Corey Black New Agent for Valenzuela

Former jockey and current TVG horseracing expert Corey Black has accepted the position as agent for jockey Patrick Valenzuela effective immediately. Valenzuela and his former agent, Nick Cosato, parted ways earlier this week after Valenzuela expressed concerns over Cosato also representing Corey Nakatani.

TVG, Youbet Reach Agreement in Dispute

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Youbet.com and minority shareholder TV Games Network have settled an ongoing dispute by agreeing to delay court proceedings and arbitration hearings over proxy materials sent to Youbet shareholders last fall.

NBC Takes Eclipse for Live Programming

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NBC Sports has won the Eclipse Award for National Television – Live Racing Programming for its production of the 2003 Preakness Stakes, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Jan. 14. Other media Eclipse Award winners were also named.

TVG Hits the Delta Jackpot

TVG will present live, on-site coverage of the $1 Million Delta Jackpot, the nation's second richest race for Thoroughbred juveniles, tomorrow from Delta Downs. Post time for the race, which has drawn a field of 10, is 10:52 p.m. Chris Kotulak will be on hand to cover the action for TVG.

TVG BC Day Handle Up 31%

Continuing to build on its increased distribution, TVG's handle on Saturday, the day of the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, was $3,362,026, 31.1% higher than on Breeders' Cup day in 2002.

Another Strong Quarter for Youbet

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Youbet.comcontinued strong gains in its online horse race wagering business during the third quarter of 2003, marking the sixth consecutive quarter in which the company has produced net revenue growth. Youbet also said it substantially increased operating capacity during the quarter.

TVG's Corey Black Elated in His Many Roles

Former jockey Corey Black wears several hats these days. He's a high-profile and well-liked racing expert on TVG. He leads the Seabiscuit backstretch tours several days a week at Santa Anita. And he's the work rider for the sometimes-troubled John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) favorite Storming Home.

Same Goal

By Graeme Beaton -- We're all after that one horse that will show them who's best! The dream of that "Big One" keeps us going.

TVG Wins Court Ruling Against Youbet

To comply with a court order handed down Thursday, Youbet.com will delay its annual shareholders meeting so it can provide information on the ramifications of a majority buyout by Gemstar Inc., parent company of Television Games Network.

CHRB, Tracks Debate Account Wagering

The California Horse Racing Board took a first look at the knotted issue of changing the way account-deposit wagering is conducted in the state by requiring racetrack associations -- as a condition to operate -- to negotiate agreements for handling wagers with all legal operators.

Here and There

National Museum of Racing to honor Peb...NJ holds Thoroughbred Festival Sept. 20...TVG Contestants Can Win a Date with Dergen... More racing programming hits the airwaves in Baltimore...Calder gears up for Festival of the Sun and Horse Fair 2003.

TVG Sues Youbet to Protect Voting Interest

TV Games Network, a shareholder in Youbet.com with an option to buy a majority interest in the company, has filed a lawsuit against Youbet for proposed changes to voting and term limits for its board of directors.

TVG to Televise Keeneland September Sale

TV Games Network will offer exclusive live network coverage of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale next Monday through Wednesday (September 8-10), with reports from the Keeneland Sales Pavilion beginning each day at 1 p.m. Eastern and continuing until 7 p.m.

TVG Revenues Soar

TVG Network reported that revenues for the quarter ending June 30 totaled $3.9 million, an increase of 82.7% over the same period one year ago. For the first six months of this year, revenues rose 91.4% from the year-earlier period to total $5.8 million.

Maryland Jockey Club Sues TVG

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A lawsuit against TV Games Network was filed in U.S. District Court in Baltimore by the Maryland Jockey Club for the network's inability to maintain a three-month average of $230 million in gross handle, which the suit claims is part of the contract between the two entities.

Summer Tubing

By Ray Paulick -- It's almost August and the racing season is in full swing as major horses prep for this fall's Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships. Thanks to TVG, you can see it all from your living room.

Former Officers of TVG Parent Charged by SEC

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Henry Yuen, the former chairman and CEO of Gemstar-TV Guide International, parent company of the Television Games Network (TVG), has been charged in a civil lawsuit by the Securities and Exchange Commission with securities fraud, lying to auditors, and falsifying the company's books.

TVG to Air Pincay Documentary

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TVG will re-air an original 30-minute documentary on Laffit Pincay Jr. April 30 and May 1. "Ride to the Record,˜ filmed in 1999, chronicles the life of the "world's winningest rider.˜

The Works Highlight TVG Derby Coverage

"The Works," will once again highlight the TVG pre-race coverage of the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks, both grade I. The series of eight half-hour shows will air at 11:30 a.m. (EST) beginning April 24 and continuing through May 1. The shows will be replayed each evening and prior to the following morning's telecasts.

DIRECTV Part of Package Purchased by News Corp.

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In a deal announced April 9, Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., part owner of TV Games Network parent Gemstar-TV Guide, would acquire General Motors' stake in Hughes Electronics and another piece of Hughes from public shareholders.

Gemstar Reports Net Loss; TVG Revenue on Rise

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Gemstar-TV Guide International reported a net loss of $6.23 billion, mainly from write-downs for goodwill, for fiscal year 2002. Meanwhile, the company's interactive platform sector, which includes the TV Games Network, posted revenue gains.

TVG to Air Dubai World Cup

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Television Games Network will present live coverage of the Dubai World Cup program March 29 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. EST.

Cox Cable to Carry TVG

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The Television Games Network (TVG) announced today it has reached a multi-year agreement with Atlanta-based Cox Communications, Inc. to carry the 24-hour horseracing and interactive waging network.

In General, Wagering Up Through Oregon Hubs

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Account wagering through several hubs based in Oregon continued to ramp up in the fourth quarter of 2002, according to figures released by the Oregon Racing Commission.

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