Azeri vs. Funny Cide in the Met Mile headline busy holiday weekend.
Interactive horse racing network TVG plans extensive coverage of Smarty Jones' effort to become Thoroughbred racing's 12th Triple Crown winner, including live coverage of his first post-Preakness Stake s(gr. I) public gallop, Saturday at 8:30 a.m. (EDT) from Philadelphia Park in Bensalem, Pa.
TVG will present live coverage of the $200,000 Peter Pan Stakes (gr. II) from New York's Belmont Park on Saturday. The Peter Pan is the final major prep race for the June 5 Belmont Stakes (gr. I). Scheduled post time is 4:45 p.m.
TV Games Network had a record handle for the both the first quarter of 2004 and the May 1 Kentucky Derby (gr. I).
Not near a racetrack or OTB? Want to bet the Preakness? Then you'll need to open an account with XpressBet, the wagering platform of Pimlico Race Course owner Magna Entertainment Corp.
For as far back as he can remember, Frank Lyons wanted to spend his life with horses. The 40-year-old native of Ireland used his entire youth to prepare for a career as a horse trainer. He's now putting that preparation to use as a TVG analyst and as a co-owner of Castledale.
TV Games Network rolled out new graphics and features, which began appearing in conjunction with the opening of Hollywood Park's spring/summer season, at the April 22 California Horse Racing Board meeting. It also announced an increase in the number of viewers and a slight shift toward experienced racing fans.
Former jockey Corey Black has resigned his position as a racing analyst/ with the TV Games Network in order to pursue a career as full-time agent for jockey Patrick Valenzuela.
TVG will present a live one-hour Kentucky Derby Preview Show from Churchill Downs in Louisville, KY, April 30, the night before the 130th Run for the Roses.
"The Works," TVG's program that covers the comings and goings of Kentucky Derby and Oaks entrants, will begin its fifth year Saturday, April 24 at noon ET.
- By Victor Ryan
TV Games Network will not exercise its warrant to become a majority shareholder in Youbet.com, though it will receive an additional 1-million shares in Youbet for providing notice of its decision prior to April 1.
When racing returns to Central Kentucky, TVG will air live on-site coverage of Keeneland's 15-day Spring Meet, beginning April 2 through April 23. TVG's live coverage will air from 3:00-5:00 p.m. (est) on "Trackside Live!: Keeneland/Aqueduct" and will be simulcast on Fox Sports Net 2 on 11 of the 15 days.
TVG will televise the ninth annual Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) during a three hour presentation that will run from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. ET Saturday, March 27.
The TV Games Network, The Race For Education, and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association have joined forces to create a three-month summer internship with TVG's production department for a college sophomore or junior studying broadcasting or journalism.
TV Games Network will present a 90-minute preview show of the Keeneland April 2-year-olds in training sale Tuesday at 10:30 p.m. Eastern.
Hardy Eustace held off a late charge by favorite Rooster Booster and won the Champion Hurdle on Tuesday, the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival.
- By Victor Ryan
Wagering through TV Games Network rose 34% in 2003 to $213,725,181 and television distribution of the network increased by 45%, the company reported Thursday.
- By Victor Ryan
Magna Entertainment Corp. may have some explaining to do at this month's California Horse Racing Board meeting as handle for its account-wagering service, Xpressbet, suffered an 18.4% decline among California residents during the year's first two months.
TV Games Network will continue to be distributed on the DISH Network after an agreement was reached on a four-year patent dispute between their parent companies.
Three competitors from last year's Kentucky Derby (gr. I) will meet on television Sunday when TVG screens the New Orleans Handicap from the Fair Grounds.
Youbet.com has agreed to pay TV Games Network $725,000 and withdraw its proposed staggered board and supermajority voting proxy material in exchange for TVG dropping all pending litigation and related arbitration.
Gemstar-TV Guide International announced it has named Ryan O'Hara chief operating officer of its TVG Network.
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, 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, 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.
Mark Wilson has resigned as president and chief executive officer of the TV Games Network but will take over as chairman of the company, Gemstar-TV Guide announced Feb. 4.
Suffolk Downs hires new racing secretary, Texas Thoroughbred Association launches new web site.
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.
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.
TVG will broadcast live from the DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship Jan. 23-24 from Bally's in Las Vegas.
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.
Hollywood Park brings down the curtain on its 2003 Autumn meet this weekend with a pair of races for juveniles and juvenile fillies, Saturday's Hollywood Futurity (gr. I) and Sunday's Hollywood Starlet (gr. I).
TVG network is sponsoring a "Name That Colt Contest" in which the winner will share in the ownership of the February 2002 foal who is scheduled to begin his racing career in 2004.
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.
- By Victor Ryan
Three applications to conduct telephone account wagering in Virginia were submitted to the state racing commission during its monthly meeting Wednesday.
TVG will provide live, on-site coverage of Cal Cup XIV from Oak Tree at Santa Anita this Saturday on "Trackside Live!: Oak Tree."
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.
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.
- By Tom LaMarra
As racing interests in California continue to study pari-mutuel wagering as it relates to out-of-state hubs and offshore operations, prices paid for signals are more and more becoming the focal point.
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.
U.S. viewers can catch the weekend's racing action from France on either TVG or HRTV, as both will feature coverage of France's group I races.
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.
- By Victor Ryan
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.
- By Jack Shinar
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.
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.
- By Victor Ryan
TV Games Network has filed a countersuit against Magna Entertainment Corp. in the brewing battle over the right to broadcast Maryland Jockey Club racing.
- By Victor Ryan
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.
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.
- By Ron Mitchell
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.
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.
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