TVG Strikes Deal to Offer Philly Park Racing

TV Games Network has reached an agreement with Philadelphia Park to begin broadcasting and taking wagers on races from the southeast Pennsylvania racetrack effective March 4.

Philly Park races in the afternoon year-round mostly on a Friday-through-Tuesday schedule. Many tracks aren't open for live racing on Mondays and Tuesdays, so the track's product gets maximum exposure on those days.

Philly Park was home to Smarty Jones, the 3-year-old male Eclipse Award champion of 2004. When slot machines go online at the track, perhaps in 2006, purses at Philly Park are expected to continue their climb to about $350,000 a day.

Philly Park operates its own account wagering service, called PhoneBet. Details of the TVG deal weren't made available in a press release.