Don’t plan on watching the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club’s races on HRTV beginning with next Wednesday’s opener.
The current television swap between TVG and HRTV for Santa Anita and Hollywood Park ends on Sunday with Hollywood’s last race, said Josh Rubinstein, Del Mar’s chief operating officer, in an email.
“Del Mar is currently under a marketing contract with TVG which includes broadcast exclusivity,” said Rubinstein.
Industry leaders, including the California Horse Racing Board, have long wanted Del Mar on both TVG and HRTV, and Rubinstein said he has been part of those discussions, but the situation remains “status quo.”
“If Del Mar’s signal were to be available on HRTV it would – given our current agreement (with) them – need to be blessed by TVG,” said Rubinstein.
TVG is a polarizing network among bettors, mainly for its “send it in” approach from its on-air talent.
Aside from TVG’s Simon Bray, who is a fantastic handicapper and former trainer, HRTV would seem to have the better on-air talent with the likes of handicappers Jeff Siegel, Kurt Hoover and Millie Ball plus the deft hosting of Laffit Pincay III.
HRTV’s only downfall might be that it doesn’t give selections early enough for some bettors to wager, but when races are right on top of each other, it is tough. HRTV also doesn’t give enough time to wagers like Southern California’s Pick 5 and offer fans an overview of all races in the sequence.
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