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23 April 2008

TVG Giving NYRA The Shaft

Ever since TVG lost exclusive rights to NYRA, the races from Aqueduct have been given a very low priority. In fact Aqueduct has been given a lower priority than Bay Meadows and other Harness tracks.

TVG Priority List
1) So-Cal TB racing (Hollywood or Santa Anita)
2) Keeneland (They love this track and send people there to host, very close to So-Cal)
3)Los Alamitios ( Gets great coverage from them complete with hosts and top billing)
4) Meadowlands Harness- This track has its own hosts and its own show. Nothing will trump MED harness when it is running)
5) Bay Meadows- (This track gets top billing and even has its own on site reporter)
6)NYRA- (They will usually show NYRA races live as long as the one of the 4 tracks of higher priority are not running. However NYRA does not have its own hosts on site)

7)C Type tracks like Suffolk Downs or Tampa Bay ( These tracks get only Stretch Calls and are often shown 30 mins after the race is run)

Fifteen minute delay on showing Aqueduct race eight today. The Aqueduct race went off at about the same time as a 3 furlong Hollywood two year old race but the Hollywood race was shown live. Then they chatted about the excitement of the Hollywood two year old dash and showed repeated replays from all angles. Then instead of showing the now completed Aqueduct race TVG elected to show Keeneland Race 8, then they showed a Bay meadows 3K claimer. With the Aqueduct race now official TVG then chatted about Keeneland results. Then they went to a commercial. When they returned the Aqueduct race was long over but they went right to the Hollywood prices. Then they showed a stretch call from Tampa. At this point I thought I missed the Aqueduct race as the hosts began to talk about the next Hollywood race. After setting up the next Hollywood race, they showed the prices from Keeneland and Bay Meadows. Finally after all that they showed the Aqueduct Race 8. New York is getting the shaft from TVG

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