Edited press release
TVG will launch a new program lineup along with a new on-air look beginning May 10, network executives announced May 1. Highlighting the changes will be the debut of 11 new programs and a revamped on-screen graphic look.
These enhancements follow the recent redesign of the TVG website, where new content and improved navigation elements are making it easier for customers to watch and wager from home.
"On the heels of a very successful year for TVG, we're excited about these changes to our program schedule which are intended to contemporize our approach to coverage of horseracing, improve the viewing experience for TVG's fans, and take the network to the next level," said David Nathanson, TVG's general manager. "Our 11 new shows will allow us to approach that same content in fresh new formats that will appeal to both the seasoned racing fan and those just getting acquainted with the sport."
The new programming will complement TVG's flagship programs, "Trackside Live!", "The Quarters", "The Works", "Blinkers Off", and "The Finish Line" in packaging horseracing formats designed to attract a wide-range of sports, gaming, and racing fans. Most of the shows will originate from TVG's Los Angeles studio complex.
"We remain dedicated to bringing the best in horseracing to our viewers and will continue to showcase up to 12 live races an hour, 14-16 hours per day," said Tony Allevato, TVG senior vice president and executive producer. Programs and Schedule:
Three of TVG's new shows will air five days per week from Wednesday to Sunday while the remainder will be broadcast once, twice or three times a week. The three weekly shows, "The Morning Line" (9 a.m.-10 a.m. PT), "Starting Gate" (10 a.m.-noon PT) and "Racing Coast to Coast" (1-3 p.m. PT, Wednesday-Friday; noon-3 p.m., Saturday-Sunday), will debut Wednesday, May 10.
TVG's remaining new programs, including first airing and schedule:
":58 Flat" (debut May 10, airs Wednesday-Friday, noon-1 p.m. PT)
"Lady Luck" (debut May 10, airs Wednesday and Friday, 5-7 p.m. PT)
"Legends" (debut May 10, airs Wednesday, 10-10:30 p.m. PT and Saturday, 9-9:30 p.m. PT)
"Horseracing 101" (debut May 11, airs Thursday, 5-6 p.m. PT and Sunday, 5:30 p.m.-6 p.m. PT)
"Racing Roundtable" (debut May 11, airs Thursday, 6-7 p.m. PT)
"Horseracing Today" (debut May 13, airs Saturday, 8-9 a.m. PT)
"Fandicapping" (debut May 13, airs Saturday, 6-7 p.m. PT)
"Horseracing – All Access"(debut May 14, airs Sunday, 3-5 p.m. PT)Program Description and Talent:
"The Morning Line" – Hosted by Greg Wolf, this talk show sets the stage for the entire race day featuring weather reports from tracks around the country and updates detailing the morning line and any significant scratches for the day's most important races.
"Starting Gate" – Hosted by Bob Baedeker, this daily show will focus on live racing from TVG's East Coast and Midwest tracks with analysis and handicapping angles for all the featured races.
"Racing Coast to Coast" – Hosted by Simon Bray, viewers are taken coast to coast as TVG features the opening races of the West Coast along with the latter races from the East Coast and Midwest including the major stakes races of the day.
":58 Flat" – "Mad" Matt Carothers hosts an unpredictable and rapid-fire hour of racing with value picks, unique analysis, and defiant opinions at a blistering pace.
"Lady Luck" – Priscilla Hojiwala leads horse racing's first all-female team of experts through two hours of racing from a woman's perspective.
"Legends" – An intimate one-on-one conversation with the greatest names in horseracing such as Laffit Pincay, Jr., Steve Cauthen, Jack Van Berg, and more. Hosted by Todd Schrupp with interviews by Gary Stevens and Frank Lyons.
"Horseracing 101" – Chris Kotulak hosts a show geared toward the novice. Simple explanations about the many aspects of horseracing are provided from the mechanics of the sport to simple betting tips. This show is a must for the new viewer to watch. It will be filled with informational segments like Horseracing A to Z, The Winner's Edge and How 2 Bet.
"Racing Roundtable" – Todd Schrupp hosts a topical talk show driven by opinions on everything from betting to industry concerns. Guests will include jockeys, trainers, owners, track personalities, handicappers, and industry insiders.
"Horseracing Today" – Gary Seibel hosts this Saturday morning preview show highlighting all of the weekend stakes action to come. Emphasis on handicapping angles, exotic and multi-race wagers, and interviews with trainers and jockeys live from the tracks.
"Fandicapping" – Think you know more than our team of experts? Ken Rudulph hosts this unpredictable, interactive show where the fans voice their opinions. TVG analysts will field emails and phone calls initiating discussions on industry issues, general handicapping questions and historical debates.
"Horseracing - All Access" – This series takes viewers behind the scenes to bring the sounds of racing that are rarely heard. Wireless microphones are attached to jockeys, trainers and other racing personnel enabling the fan to experience horse racing from an insider's perspective.