Del Mar Thoroughbred Club and TVG Network have announced a simulcast and on-track broadcast partnership that will begin with the start of racing this summer at Del Mar on July 18.
The two racing entities, who already are in a racing partnership surrounding the $1-million TVG Pacific Classic, have agreed to an additional multi-year arrangement for the network to produce both Del Mar’s daily live race feed for broadcast to simulcast customers throughout the Western Hemisphere, as well as a separate broadcast feed for on-track customers during the track’s 37-day season.
Both broadcasts will utilize TVG personnel and the on-track feed will have High Definition components with a goal of expanding all of the broadcast coverage – including its Fox Sports regional telecasts -- to HD in the near future. Currently, Del Mar’s simulcast signal is sent to over 1,000 locations throughout North and South America.
TVG will continue in its role as the exclusive broadcast provider of racing at Del Mar via daily telecasts on cable and small satellite outlets throughout the United States.
“We are delighted to partner with TVG in this key element of the broadcasting of our racing product,” said Josh Rubinstein, senior vice president for development at Del Mar. “The ability to enhance our simulcast signal with TVG talent and production is something we’re very excited about. We look forward to working with TVG on providing our customers – both on- and off-track – with the most comprehensive and innovative broadcast product in the industry.”
Tony Allevato, TVG’s executive vice president, expressed his company’s enthusiasm for its extended association with the renowned seaside racing facility. “Del Mar and TVG have enjoyed a more than decade-long partnership and this new agreement takes that partnership to an even greater level. We are excited to extend our role as Del Mar’s exclusive broadcaster by being able to deliver its racing product to fans on-track and across the country via the simulcast network.”
Last September, TVG signed a wide-ranging agreement with Del Mar and Keeneland in Kentucky highlighted by an attempt to bring daily coverage of U.S. horseracing in High Definition to its nationally distributed television network. The just-announced partnership provides a further step in that direction.
Besides its new broadcast deal, Del Mar and TVG have worked together over the past two summers to ensure the purse of the track’s signature race – the Pacific Classic -- would remain at $1 million, making it the west’s only test for older horses carrying a seven-figure incentive. In 2010 the race was called the Pacific Classic Presented by TVG. Then in 2011, when the racing network increased its supplement to the race, it was renamed the TVG Pacific Classic, a title it will carry once more this year.
Del Mar, which was founded in 1937 by entertainment icon Bing Crosby, will be celebrating its 75th anniversary this summer. TVG, a subsidiary of Betfair Group PLC, the premier e-gaming betting community, is among the most widely distributed horseracing networks in the world. Additionally, it is one of the largest legal online gaming companies in the United States.
Del Mar again will race on a Wednesday through Sunday schedule throughout the summer up until Wednesday, September 5. There also will be racing on Labor Day Monday, September 3. First post on most days will be at 2 p.m. with the exception of Fridays when cards start at 4 p.m.