Del Mar will broadcast its signal in high definition this summer, joining a select number of tracks across the country that provide fans a crystal-clear look at their racing product.
The change will mean that the track’s broadcast partner, TVG, the largest online wagering company and horse racing network in the U.S., will present all its racing from the seaside track in HD. TVG will utilize 17 HD cameras, wireless audio equipment on racing participants, multiple angles of photo finishes and virtual graphics that display betting and sponsorship information, all enhancing the racing action and viewer’s experience. FOX Sports and FOX Sports 1 also will broadcast in HD.
All simulcast outlets nationally and internationally which are equipped to receive high definition will be able to access the signal in HD and the majority of the televisions on-track at Del Mar will show the advanced upgrade. In a collaborative partnership, TVG will be providing portions of their HD production to the national broadcasts of other sports networks, including NBC Sports and FOX Sports 1.
Del Mar’s 75th summer season begins on Thursday, July 17 and runs through Wednesday, September 3.
“We are delighted to bring high definition television to our Del Mar fans,” said Josh Rubinstein, a Del Mar Thoroughbred Club executive vice president and its chief operation officer. “Watching racing in high definition makes an exciting sport even more exciting and Del Mar is going to look better than ever this summer.”
TVG, which serves as Del Mar’s production company during its meets, has been an innovator in racing television.
“Del Mar’s meet is a highlight of summer racing and TVG is proud, once again, to be on-site every day of it season broadcasting in HD and delivering racing at its best,” said Bhavesh Patel, TVG’s senior vice president of television operations and marketing.
Among other tracks in North America currently broadcasting in HD are Keeneland in Kentucky, the New York Racing Association tracks and Woodbine in Canada.
This year, Del Mar’s 36-day summer season will be followed by a 15-day fall meeting running between November 7 and November 30.