September 26, 2011-- With the prestigious 28th edition of the Breeders' Cup quickly approaching, HRTV (R) will provide coast-to-coast, on-site coverage from four racetracks this Saturday, Oct. 1, that feature a host of important stakes races, many of which serve as Breeders' Cup prep races.
The bountiful list of stakes races on HRTV serve as one of the final steppingstones to the sport's year-end extravaganza, Breeders' Cup weekend, set to be contested at Churchill Downs on Friday, Nov. 4, and Saturday, Nov. 5.
More than $5 million in stakes purse money will be doled out during the busy Saturday on HRTV.
With the Santa Anita Autumn meeting just underway, Laffit Pincay, III and Hall of Famer Gary Stevens, from HRTV's home base in Arcadia, CA, lead an outstanding stable of announcers, and they will chronicle a quartet of Grade 1, $250,000 tests, including the Goodwood Stakes, the Norfolk Stakes, the Yellow Ribbon Stakes, and the Lady's Secret Stakes.
Across the country at Belmont Park in NY, Carolyn Conley and former NY-based riding standout Richard Migliore will be there for annual "Preview Day," which boasts five Grade 1 fixtures -- the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic, the Jockey Club Gold Cup, the Flower Bowl, the Beldame, and the Vosburgh.
The 17th running of the Grade 2, $500,000 Indiana Derby, from Hoosier Park, headlines the richest day in the Indiana Thoroughbred racing season, with total purses exceeding $1 million. HRTV's Peter Lurie will be stationed at Hoosier to report on an outstanding card, which includes six stake races.
The Preakness Stakes is the most recognizable day in Maryland's racing schedule, but Jim McKay Maryland Million Day possesses a key place in the hearts of folks from the state. Named after the longtime sports TV personality, and staunch supporter of racing in Maryland, the 26th annual event hosts multiple stakes races featuring Maryland-bred horses.
Caton Bredar and Dick Jerardi will be on-track at Laurel for HRTV to cover all the action.
HRTV's (R) busy weekend of top-flight racing action moves to the international stage on Sunday, Oct. 2 when it presents live coverage of the prestigious Qatar Prix de l' Arc de Triomphe from Longchamp Racecourse in Paris, France.
HRTV's Sunday coverage will begin at 9 a.m. ET/6 a.m. PT, with estimated post time for the Arc slated for 10:15 a.m. ET/7:15 a.m. PT.
The Arc, the richest race in Europe, is expected to be headlined by last year's winner, Workforce, who will attempt to become the first repeat Arc winner since 1978.
Another of the sport's greatest stars, Goldikova, will certainly garner a spotlight on the Arc card. The three-time Breeders' Cup winner will make her final Cup prep in the Prix de la Foret, and HRTV will carry that race.
HRTV, The Network for Horse Sports, is a 24-hour, television-based multimedia network dedicated to horseracing from the world?s greatest racetracks, as well as a wide-range of world-class equestrian competitions. HRTV also features original programming and award-winning documentaries covering a variety of racing and general equestrian topics. The live stream of HRTV is available on a subscription basis to high-speed Internet users worldwide at www.hrtvlive.com. The HRTV television network is presently available via cable, telco video and satellite in more than 19 million U.S. homes.