Greg Avioli Q&A: “I'm Very Optimistic Right Now”

Last week, the Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC) announced a roughly $15-million, two-year "purse enhancement" program as part of an agreement with TVG, the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club and The Stronach Group's 1/ST Racing. The reason for the new program is simple: an unprecedented betting shift toward ADW platforms over the past 11 months has hit the California purse account hard. Not just the purse account. This shift has similarly clobbered several key industry programs that rely heavily on wagering made at brick and mortar venues. The Southern California Stabling...

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Eclipse Finalists to be Announced Saturday

TVG will televise live the announcement of the finalists for the 2020 Eclipse Award Saturday at noon ET. TVG also will televise live the 50th Eclipse Awards ceremony, presented by Spendthrift Farm, Thursday, Jan. 28 at 8 p.m. ET. The ceremony also will be streamed on additional outlets. The Eclipse Awards, honoring excellence in Thoroughbred racing, are voted upon by NTRA, represented by member racetrack racing officials and Equibase field personnel, NTWAB and Daily Racing Form, and are produced by the NTRA.

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TVG Premiers Year In Review Special

TVG premiers a special feature Saturday, Jan. 2 which will focus on the impact COVID-19 had on the global horse racing industry. The 2020 retrospective will air at approximately 5:30p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. PT. To watch a one-minute preview, click here. Saturday coverage, hosted by Todd Schrupp, Christina Blacker and Britney Eurton, will feature a nine-race card from Santa Anita, highlighted by the GIII San Gabriel S. and the GIII Sham S. The 2020 renewal of the Sham S. was won by Authentic, who went on to win the GI Kentucky...

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Vekoma Scratched from Breeders' Cup Sprint After Spiking Fever

Dual 2020 Grade I winner Vekoma (Candy Ride {Arg}), the heavy favorite for Saturday's GI Breeders' Cup Sprint, has been scratched from the race after spiking a fever, it was announced early Wednesday morning by trainer George Weaver. "Last night, the horse spiked a fever on us," Weaver told TVG, "and we needed to treat him with the doctor last night and he just wasn't fit to go train today. Being this close to a race, he's not fit to run either so we're not going to be able to...

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NYRA and TVG to Donate $410,000 to Support COVID-19 Relief

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) and TVG have announced a series of COVID-19 relief donations for a broad spectrum of non-profit organizations working to support the Thoroughbred racing community during the COVID-19 pandemic. The $410,000 in charitable contributions will be distributed to seven non-profit organizations including the New York Chapter of the Race Track Chaplaincy of America (NYRTCA), the Backstretch Employee Service Team (B.E.S.T), the Belmont Child Care Association (BCCA), the Racing Medication & Testing Consortium (RMTC), the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program (RTIP), the Permanently...

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FanDuel Named Title Sponsor of Breeders' Cup Mile

FanDuel, America's premier gaming destination, will become the title sponsor of the $2-million GI Breeders' Cup Mile at this year's Breeders' Cup World Championships. In addition, two of FanDuel Group's major charity partners will be incorporated into its naming rights for this year's event--the FanDuel Breeders' Cup Mile presented by PDJF and the GI TVG Breeders' Cup Juvenile presented by Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance. The Breeders' Cup, one of Thoroughbred racing's most prestigious international events, consisting of 14 races and purses and awards totaling $35 million, is scheduled to be held...

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TVG to Share Pacific Classic Spotlight With CARMA, Donate 5,000 Facemasks to Backstretch Workers

Celebrating its 10th year as the title sponsor of the GI TVG Pacific Classic, TVG will shine this weekend's spotlight on one of the country's leading Thoroughbred aftercare organizations, California Retirement Management Account (CARMA), and will donate more than 5,000 face coverings to backstretch communities at its partner tracks in California, New Jersey, Kentucky and other states beginning this week, TVG announced Thursday. "As part of celebrating our 10th year as the title sponsor of the TVG Pacific Classic, we wanted to reaffirm our support of CARMA and the tremendous...

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Monmouth Offers Haskell at Home

Monmouth Park will share the Haskell Day July 18 experience with racing fans across the country through "Haskell @ Home." Information on the Haskell field, fashion advice, do-it-yourself food and drink recipes, and much more can all be found here. By using #HaskellatHome and #HaskellBestDressed on Facebook and Instagram, fans are encouraged to dress to impress and to show off their Haskell @ Home festivities for the chance to have their picture featured on Monmouth Park's social media as well as the NBC Haskell broadcast that will run...

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FS1, TVG Present the Epsom Derby/Oaks

Live coverage of Saturday's G1 Investec Derby and G1 Investec Oaks from Epsom Downs Racecourse will be shown by more than 30 broadcasters across the globe, including, for the first time, FOX Sports 1 (FS1). TVG will also present the English Classics, in addition to the following North/South American platforms: the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, HPI (Canada); ESPN (Latin America, Caribbean) and SportsMax (Caribbean). Saturday's Oaks has a post time of 10:40 a.m. ET while the Derby is scheduled for 11:55 a.m. ET. On Sunday, June 5, TVG will also present...

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TVG to Offer Full Coverage of Royal Ascot Meet

TVG will offer complete coverage of this week's Royal Ascot meeting. Coverage, presented by Lane's End Farm, will feature analysis and insight from Scott Hazelton who will be covering the races remotely from Los Angeles, California. First post time Tuesday through Friday is 8:15 a.m. ET and first post Saturday is 7:40 a.m. "I was at Royal Ascot the last four years and it provides incredible handicapping challenges and wonderful payoffs in big fields," said Hazelton. "It is the best week of the year for racing given the international interest...

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TVG Will Not Televise NYRA Races

While the Thoroughbred industry is set to welcome back racing at Belmont Park this Wednesday, the races will not be shown on TVG. Reporting for HorseRacingNation, Ron Flatter said that NYRA races will appear only on FOX Sports, MSG+ and across advance-deposit wagering platforms, including TVG. "FOX Sports has significantly increased its commitment to horse racing every year since our partnership began in 2016," said Tony Allevato, Chief Revenue Officer for NYRA and the president of the company's advance-deposit wagering platform NYRA Bets. "This year, FOX Sports presented NYRA with...

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Thoroughbred Racing Groups Launch National Advertising Campaign

Breeders' Cup in conjunction with The Jockey Club are launching a new national advertising campaign called 'Still. Running. Strong." to promote Thoroughbred racing as spectator-free racing resumes in various markets around the country during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic. "As more of our major venues get back to live racing and with people at home seeking diversion and entertainment, we wanted to be proactive about promoting the sport to a broader audience," said Drew Fleming, President and CEO of the Breeders' Cup. "Horse racing has a unique opportunity to...

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