Anne M. Eberhardt

Deadline Nears for Simulcast Video Award

DVDs must be submitted to the Thoroughbred Racing Associations by Aug. 16.

The deadline for entries for the best simulcast production is Aug. 16, the Thoroughbred Racing Associations said.

The winner will be announced at the International Simulcast Conference, which is scheduled for Oct. 7-9 in Lexington. The conference is co-sponsored by the TRA and Harness Tracks of America in conjunction with the American Greyhound Track Operators Association.

The award honors the best simulcast telecast by a host site and is open to all pari-mutuel breeds. The simulcast entry will be judged on technical merit, quality and timeliness of racing and wagering information dissemination, as well as overall appeal.

Entries for the award must be no more than 30 minutes in length and contain one complete race presentation, including pre-race features and graphics, the race itself, and any post-race replays and/or wrap-ups. Entries must have been part of a normal simulcast program and not a collection of highlights or features and have aired after Aug. 13, 2012.

Tracks may submit a "marquee" race but will not be given special consideration for the extra "bells and whistles" employed for that day, the TRA said in a release. The award is meant to recognize the track which day-in and day-out consistently produces the premier simulcast feed.

To enter, six copies in DVD format should be sent to TRA, 420 Fair Hill Drive, Suite 1, Elkton, MD 21921, along with a letter of entry detailing the contact name for the entry and the date the program aired.