The Oak Tree at Santa Anita meet begins September 30.

The Oak Tree at Santa Anita meet begins September 30.

Oak Tree Adds Betting Platform, TV Coverage

Changes will be in effect when 2009 meet opens at Santa Anita Sept. 30.

(from Oak Tree news releases)

The Oak Tree Racing Association has announced that, a new, no-fee online and telephone wagering service that enables bettors to wager coast-to-coast on Thoroughbred and harness tracks, is now available. It will enable those who subscribe to wager on live racing from Oak Tree, which begins at Santa Anita Park on Sept. 30.

In addition, Oak Tree also announced that HorseRacing TV, for the first time, will be able to provide, on a non-exclusive basis, live on-site daily television coverage throughout the six-week Oak Tree run at Santa Anita. Broadcasting rights had previously been held exclusively by TVG., powered by XpressBet, does not charge membership, monthly or per-wager fees. As a start-up incentive, it offers qualified new account holders who wager $100 a matching $100 wagering credit that will be deposited to their accounts the very next day.

Profits from the new wagering service will be split evenly between the horsemen’s purse account and Oak Tree.

“This is a great service to our fans and to our horsemen,” said Sherwood Chillingworth, Oak Tree's executive vice president. “As was the case with Del Mar Bets this past summer, we are getting the money to where it belongs, to the people who make our sport go.

“We have no doubt that this new service is going to be very popular with everyone. The fact that people can now wager without being charged for each transaction is long overdue.”

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HRTV, launched on Jan. 1, 2003, will carry live racing from Oak Tree for the first time. HRTV covers racing across North America and around the world.

The network's live coverage at Oak Tree will include the California Cup post position draw on Sept. 30 and in-depth advance coverage of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships Nov. 6 and 7. It  will continue through closing day on Nov. 8.

“We are pleased to be able to make this announcement at this time,” said Chillingworth. “The New York Racing Association made the decision earlier this year to move away from exclusivity as regards their live racing product and we agree with that.

“We firmly believe our fans and the industry are going to be better served with the addition of HRTV as Oak Tree’s non-exclusive television partner.”

HRTV will provide viewers with expert analysis, race interviews, Trevor Denman’s live calls, and a nightly replay show at a time to be determined.