Santa Anita's 71-day winter race meet to be aired on TVG
It will also be aired on HRTV ;)
With 45-million households for TVG vs. 15-million for HRTV it is exceedingly logical as a benefit. When announced back in October:
The first day of the new meet is Dec 26th - Boxing Day - and a key race will be the return of My Miss Aurelia. She was last seen in the BC Ladies Classic with her first lost handed to her by Royal Delta.
The announcement met with strong approval from CHRB chairman Keith Brackpool, who has long been critical of Santa Anita's television distribution over HRTV, which is owned by The Stronach Group. DISH Network carries HRTV, but the largest satellite distribution service, DIRECTV, does not, nor do many of the major cable television carriers.
TVG, which is also the nation's largest advance deposit wagering provider, is on DIRECTV and most cable carriers.
"This is transformational, I believe, in actually allowing the majority of people to know that Santa Anita is racing," Brackpool said.
The $300,000 La Brea Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Santa Anita on Dec. 26.
Trained by Steve Asmussen, My Miss Aurelia has won 6 of 7 starts and $2,386,000, all for owners George Bolton and Stonestreet Stable.
Since the Breeders’ Cup, My Miss Aurelia has had three workouts at Santa Anita, including five furlongs in 59 seconds Wednesday, the fastest of 31 recorded works at the distance.
“She came out of the work great,” trainer Steve Asmussen said Thursday.
The La Brea, run over seven furlongs, is part of the opening-day program of the Santa Anita winter-spring meeting.
“That’s the race we’ve been pointing for,” Bolton said. “I think she’s coming into it in good shape.”