Horse Racing Radio Network, a national radio company founded to present major Thoroughbred stakes races each week on public radio, has purchased the exclusive radio rights to the 2007 Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
The Lexington-based company will broadcast the Belmont Stakes and select races from the day’s undercard as part of a 90-minute program that has been syndicated to 18 major markets in the U.S., among them New York and Los Angeles.
“Thoroughbred horse racing needs to be exposed on as many platforms as possible,” said Mike Penna, who owns HRRN along with Pete Kules. “Our goal has always been to establish a national horse racing radio network to help expose and promote this great sport. Thanks to Belmont Park we will be able to accomplish this goal by bringing the Belmont Stakes and several future races to a national radio audience.”
Founded in 2004, HRRN (www.equineforum.net) broadcasts major stakes races from tracks located throughout the U.S. In 2007 alone it will provide national radio coverage of at least 60 prestigious racing days.
Each broadcast features pre- and post-race interviews and analyses as well as the live call of each race.
The Belmont Stakes broadcast will begin at 5:30 pm EDT. The show is currently being syndicated for purchase by radio stations throughout North America. Stations signed on to broadcast the show include WEPN 1050 AM in New York, KLAA 830 AM in Los Angeles and KFNC 97.5 FM in Houston. Negotiations are being finalized to offer the broadcast in Chicago as well as South Florida and Northern California.
In addition, HRRN programming includes a weekly two-hour radio show broadcast from its Lexington headquarters. Entitled the "Equine Forum", the show is hosted by Mike Penna and Kules and focuses on news and race coverage from around the world and includes prominent guests from all walks of the Thoroughbred industry.