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  • Cup Pre-Race Jockey Interviews to be Allowed

    New policies in place at this year's Breeders' Cup as a result of the Life At Ten incident in 2010 will still allow pre-race television interviews with jockeys immediately prior to the start of a World Championship race.

  • Blame and Zenyatta during the 2010 Breeders' Cup Classic.

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    Tessitore: Compelling Content is the Key

    Horse racing has been a family affair for Joe Tessitore, who will host two days of Breeders' Cup coverage Nov. 4-5 on the ESPN networks and ABC.

  • Breeders' Cup Television Ratings Up From 2009

    Zenyatta proved popular across the United States Nov. 6 as television ratings soared for the second day of the Breeders' Cup, which was highlighted by the mare's appearance in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I).

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    Breeders' Cup TV Numbers Flat

    Coverage of the Nov. 6-7 Breeders' Cup cards from Santa Anita Park on ABC/ESPN continued to attract just modest viewership, dipping slightly from disappointing ratings a year ago.

  • ESPN, ABC Breeders' Cup Coverage Outlined

    The 2009 Breeders' Cup World Championships on Nov. 6-7 from Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., will receive nine hours of live television coverage, including 2 1/2 hours on ABC. The 26th running of the Breeders' Cup will feature 14 races over two days on ABC, ESPN and ESPN2.

  • Belmont National TV Ratings Tumble

    Without a Triple Crown on the line, this year's TV coverage of the June 6 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) attracted approximately half the number of viewers as last year, when Big Brown was attempting to win the Triple Crown at Belmont Park.

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    ESPN to Provide Belmont Coverage

    ESPN and ABC will offer seven hours of Belmont Stakes (gr. I) coverage starting at noon ET--including ABC's two-hour race broadcast June 6 at 5 p.m.--as jockey Calvin Borel attempts to complete an unprecedented personal Triple Crown.

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    Breeders' Cup TV Ratings Rise Slightly

    ABC/ESPN reports that television ratings for its Oct. 24-25 telecasts of the Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park rose slightly from 2007 figures. However, ratings remain far below those posted by NBC before ABC/ESPN took over the event in 2006.

  • Breeders' Cup Gets Nine Hours on TV

    The Breeders' Cup and ESPN announced June 2 that the Oct. 24-25 Breeders' Cup World Championships from Santa Anita Park will receive an unprecedented nine hours of live coverage including, for the first time, 2.5 hours of live coverage on ABC.

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    Belmont Overnight TV Ratings Soar

    Big Brown's failed quest for a coveted Triple Crown drew in the television viewers. The Belmont Stakes (gr. I) broadcast on ABC from 6:15-7:15 p.m. EDT delivered a 10.5 overnight metered market rating, up 169% from last year's race (3.9).

  • Chris McCarron

    Hall of Fame Jockey McCarron Joins TVG

    Retired Hall of Fame jockey Chris McCarron will join TVG, America's Horseracing Network, as a member of the TVG broadcasting team, it was announced March 27. McCarron will make his on-air debut April 4, live at Keeneland Race Course.

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    NYRA Unveils Belmont Stakes Logo

    The New York Racing Association has unveiled its logo for the 140th running of the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), the 1 1/2-mile final leg of Thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown.

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    Belmont Overnight TV Ratings Slump

    The Belmont Stakes telecast June 9 on ABC, which ended up being a thrilling race with a historic finish thanks to the filly Rags to Riches, nevertheless registered modest ratings numbers that continued a downward trend for the race.

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    Agreement Will Permit 'Ruffian' Movie to Air

    An agreement has been reached between Frank Whiteley and Jacinto Vasquez, the respective trainer and jockey of the top racemare Ruffian; the Walt Disney Company ABC; ESPN; and a movie production company over a movie about the filly.

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    Whiteley, Vasquez Sue Disney Over Ruffian Movie

    Ruffian's trainer, Frank Whiteley Jr., and her regular rider, Jacinto Vasquez, along with Thoroughbred Legends LLC, have filed a civil suit against The Walt Disney Company and its subsidiaries, ABC and ESPN, charging trademark infringement in the TV movie "Ruffian," which is slated to air June 9 on ABC.

  • Derby Telecast Up 8% for NBC

    NBC Sports' telecast of the 133rd Kentucky Derby May 5 averaged 11.5 million viewers, the highest number since 2001, the network reported Thursday.

  • Citgo Racing to the Kentucky Derby Begins March 17

    "Citgo Racing to the Kentucky Derby" will once again air on ABC and the ESPN networks beginning Saturday, March 17, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Feb. 15. The series will conclude with a Triple Crown special airing from Louisville's Churchill Downs two days prior to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Durkin Out as TV Voice of Breeders' Cup

    Besides being seen on a new network this year, the Breeders' Cup World Championships will have a different sound as well. For the first time since the event's inception in 1984, Tom Durkin will not be calling the Breeders' Cup races for television viewers.

  • National Belmont TV Ratings Slump 22%

    ABC Sports picked a tough time to get back into the Triple Crown business. Without Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro and Preakness victor Bernardini, the Belmont Stakes was left without a star attraction, and that was reflected in national television ratings for the June 10 running from New York.

  • Barbaro to be Featured in Belmont Telecast

    Coverage of the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) on ESPN networks and ABC Sports June 8-10 will include more footage than ever before of the details surrounding a horse that will not be present for the third leg of the Triple Crown.

  • ESPN and ABC to Offer Belmont Stakes Coverage

    Comprehensive coverage of the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) on ESPN and ABC Sports begins June 8 and concludes June 10, when the third jewel of Thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown will be held at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y.

  • National Pick 4 Schedule Announced by NTRA

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced the 2006 schedule of National Pick 4 wagers available at wagering outlets nationwide March 31. All six wagers are tied to ABC/ESPN racing telecasts.

  • HRTV, TVG, and ABC to Cover Dubai Racing

    With the $6-million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) an annual highlight of the early-season racing calendar, HRTV and TVG will offer coverage of Nad Al Sheba racecourse in the United Arab Emirates March 25, beginning at 9 a.m. EDT. In addition, ABC will provide on-site coverage of the World Cup and UAE Derby (UAE-II) for the first time.

  • Retired jockey Gary Stevens appears in ABC series.

    Stevens Back in Saddle for ABC 'Wildfire' Debut

    Retired jockey Gary Stevens will make his first guest appearance on the ABC family series <i>Wildfire</i> March 13. According to Stevens' Web site, the two-time Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner plays jockey Augie French in "Break Down," episode 2009 of the drama's second season. Jason London and singer Aidan Hawken also guest star in the program.

  • Eight-Show Derby Prep Package On ABC, ESPN

    "Citgo Racing to the Kentucky Derby," an eight-show series on ABC and the ESPN networks that provides comprehensive coverage of the key Triple Crown prep races, returns on March 18, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced Feb. 8.

  • Jockey Jerry Bailey, retires as all-time second leading money earner.

    Bailey to Retire Jan. 28; Will Join ABC/ESPN

    Jerry Bailey, 48, North America's dominant jockey for more than a decade beginning in the early 1990s, announced his retirement from riding, effective Jan 28 after the Sunshine Millions card at Gulfstream Park.

  • Ruffian Film Slated for ABC/ESPN

    ESPN Original Entertainment (EOE) announced it will produce an original film, "Ruffian," based on the story of the great filly who was undefeated until suffering a fatal breakdown in a match race against Foolish Pleasure at Belmont Park in 1975.

  • Retired jockey Gary Stevens in line for television role.

    Stevens Ponders Television Series Role

    Less than two months after his Nov. 26 retirement from racing, former jockey Gary Stevens is considering an invitation to guest star in the ABC original family series <i>Wildfire</i>.

  • Belmont Stakes Ratings Down in Last Run on NBC

    Without a possible Triple Crown winner on the line, ratings for NBC's June 11 broadcast of the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) dropped to an average overnight rating of 5.0 with an 11 share, down from 13.4 with a 27 share from last year when Smarty Jones made his bid for the 2004 Triple Crown.

  • NBC Inks 5-Year Deal for Derby, Preakness

    Continuing a relationship that began in 2001, NBC Sports has reached an agreement with Churchill Downs Inc. and Magna Entertainment/Maryland Jockey Club to telecast the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes an additional five years, from 2006 to 2010.

  • Breeders' Cup Inks Eight-Year Deal With ESPN

    The Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships will be televised on ESPN beginning in 2006 under an eight-year contract between the two parties, officials announced April 29. Financial details weren't released, but officials called it a "revenue-sharing" package designed to help racing capitalize on multimedia and technology.