Deadline Looms for Simulcast Show Entries

The best simulcast production will be honored at the October simulcast conference.

The award honoring the racing industry’s best simulcast production will again be presented at the International Simulcast Conference this year in Scottsdale, Ariz. The deadline for all entries is Aug. 15.

The conference, set for Oct. 3-5, is co-sponsored by the Thoroughbred Racing Associations and Harness Tracks of America in conjunction with the American Greyhound Track Operators Association.

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

The winner will be announced and presented the award at the conference.

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. The entries must have aired after Aug. 13, 2010.

The TRA said racetracks may submit a “marquee” race but will not be given special consideration for the extra “bells and whistles” employed for that day. The award is meant to recognize the track that day in, 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.

Last year the award was presented to Woodbine, the fourth for the Canadian track that previously won in 2004, 2006, and 2007. Other winners have been Keeneland (2003, 2008-09), Churchill Downs (1997), Turfway Park (1998), Penn National Race Course (1999), Santa Anita Park (2000-01), Hollywood Park (2002), Del Mar Thoroughbred Club (2005), and Los Alamitos (2007).