(from TVG release)
TVG, in partnership with Emerald Downs, is expanding its coverage of horse racing from Japan for the fifth consecutive year to include 18 group I races, the most ever televised by TVG.
Exclusive coverage begins with the February Stakes (Jpn-I) on Feb. 21 at 9:25 p.m. PT.
TVG’s renewed agreement with the Japan Racing Association grants exclusive U.S. television and advance deposit wagering rights to the network and its ADW platform. Wagering on the Japanese races through TVG will come via Emerald Downs, the Seattle track that serves as North American host for JRA racing and holds the exclusive rights to its OTB business in the U.S.
"Horseracing fans can turn to TVG for exciting and exclusive international competition," said Tony Allevato, TVG senior vice president and executive producer. "TVG is proud to provide premium television coverage and analysis of Japanese racing from the other side of the globe."
Highlights from the 2009 JRA schedule on TVG include the Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks) on May 23, the Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) on May 30, the Japan Cup (Jpn-I) on Nov. 29, and the Arima Kinen (Jpn-I) on Dec. 28.
"Through the relationship with TVG and Emerald Downs, we continue to maximize the exposure of our high quality Japanese racing to North American racing fans and horsemen," said Sam Takizawa, presidential counselor for foreign affairs. "We are pleased that the North American audience can continue to enjoy our grade I races in 2009."
"International racing has been embraced by bettors from across the U.S. and Canada,” said Susie Sourwine, vice president for marketing at Emerald Downs. "Japanese racing is consistently one of the most exciting simulcast signals in the marketplace."