TVG announced that it will welcome its newest exclusive racetrack partner, Monmouth Park, with live on-track coverage of the 2007 racing season’s opening weekend from the Jersey Shore racetrack.
The network is offering exclusive television coverage of the entire racing season from Monmouth Park for the first time in the network’s history. TVG analyst Matt Carothers will provide live on-site reports, interviews, and commentary for opening weekend festivities, which will be highlighted by the Decathlon Stakes May 12 and the Red Cross Stakes May 13, as well as the debut of numerous improvements to the Monmouth Park facility in preparation for the 2007 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, including a new main track surface.
TVG will provide complete coverage throughout the Monmouth Park racing season, which runs from May 12 through Sept. 2. The racing season will be highlighted by the following races, which will all be carried live on TVG:
—July 7 - grade I $750,000 United Nations, a 1-3/8 mile turf race for 3-year-olds and up
—Aug. 5 - grade I $1 million Haskell Invitational, a 1-1/8 mile race for 3-year-olds
—Aug.18 - grade III $300,000 Philip H. Iselin, a 1-1/8 mile race for 3-year-olds and up
—Aug. 25 - grade II $300,000 Molly Pitcher, a 1-1/16 mile race for fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
“We are delighted to bring our viewers extensive and exclusive coverage of live racing from Monmouth Park for the first time ever,” said Tony Allevato, TVG senior vice president and executive producer. “The addition of Monmouth Park means that TVG will offer its customers the best lineup of summer racing that we’ve ever had in our eight-year history. We are excited to cover all of the great racing action like never before, leading up to the 2007 Breeders’ Cup World Championships.”
“TVG brings unprecedented exposure to the Monmouth Park racing season, which tremendously benefits our track and its horsemen,” said Dennis Dowd, senior vice president of racing at the New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority, which and owns and operates Monmouth Park and the Meadowlands. “We are proud to be associated with TVG, which is widely recognized as the world’s premier horseracing network.”