Network to Air The Starting Gate on TVG2 Highlighting Emerging Equine Stars and the People Behind Them
Los Angeles, CA – To benefit racing industry stakeholders and bring more attention to the sales and breeding segment of the racing industry, TVG and TVG2 is airing live coverage of the Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale.
TVG2 will air gavel to gavel coverage for the first two days of the sale, Monday, January 9th and Tuesday, January 10th, with additional coverage on Wednesday, January 11th. Christina Blacker will be on-site at Keeneland Monday and Tuesday to provide reports and interviews for both TVG and TVG2. The sale concludes January 13th.
“Keeneland applauds TVG’s efforts to provide fans a comprehensive view of the horse industry, and we look forward to their coverage of the January Horses of All Ages Sale,” Keeneland Vice President of Racing and Sales Bob Elliston said. “In order for fans to really appreciate the economics and excitement of racing, they have to understand a horse’s journey from the breeding farm and sale to the racetrack.”
The January Sale includes broodmares, broodmare prospects, yearlings, horses of racing age and stallions. Prominent January sales grads include Mind Your Biscuits, who recently won the Malibu Stakes(GI) and Miss Temple City who captured this year's Matriarch(GI), Shadwell Turf Mile(GI) and Maker's 46 Mile(GI).
This month, TVG, America’s Horse Racing network, also debuted The Starting Gate, a new hour-long show that will air Saturday and Sunday mornings, providing an in-depth look at the horse racing industry, emerging prospects, current stars in training and the personalities behind the races.
Hosted from TVG’s Los Angeles studios, TVG2’s The Starting Gate features an inside look at first-time starters at major US racing venues with a focus on the breeding, pedigree, farms and people who brought them to the races. With reporting from racing analysts Caton Bredar, Christina Blacker and Britney Eurton, The Starting Gate will also feature stakes previews and recaps from across the country and live interviews with breeders, owners, trainers and jockeys.
“Along with the wagering that we focus on every day, Thoroughbred breeding and sales is a major economic engine that drives participation in horse racing and The Starting Gate will shine the spotlight on this important aspect of our sport,” said Kip Levin, CEO of Betfair TVG. “There are people and stories behind every horse that reaches the starting gate and we want to bring those stories to racing fans everywhere.”
The new show debuted Saturday, January 7 and a new episode will air each Saturday at 10:30 a.m. ET and Sunday at 11:00 a.m. ET on TVG2. The Starting Gate will be produced by Becky Witzman-Somerville, former producer of HRTV's Race Day America, The Horizon and First Call.
Headquartered in Los Angeles, TVG, a subsidiary of Betfair Group plc, is one of the largest legal online gaming companies in the US, accepting over $1 billion in wagers annually from over 30 states. TVG network airs races at over 150 racetracks worldwide and is among the most widely distributed horseracing networks in the world, operating TVG and TVG2 in more than 40 million US homes. The company has demonstrated its commitment to the racing industry, its owners, tracks and fans through sponsorship of several preeminent races including the TVG Pacific Classic and TVG Super Saturday.
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