- Churchill Downs and Magna will detail at a Monday morning press teleconference three new agreements, including Churchill's purchase of 50% of HRTV, on which Churchill's races will be televised as each of its tracks' agreements with TVG expire. Churchill's upcoming spring meeting will be the first to appear on the network. And the show formerly known as The Works will migrate to HRTV:
As part of its 2007 offerings, HRTV(TM) will broadcast "Target Louisville," a 30-minute television program highlighting the training, workouts and final preparations of Kentucky Derby contenders. "Target Louisville" will air daily during the week leading up to the 133rd Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. [Magna Press Release]Churchill will also announce the formation of their own ADW company, to be called www.twinspires.com, and the two companies will form a joint venture, TrackNet Media Group. That entity will allow the two companies' tracks to be offered on each other's ADW platforms, Churchill's new one and Magna's Xpressbet; and for the companies to package their races and sell them to third parties, thus giving them greater bargaining power in selling their signals to other tracks, OTB's, casinos, and ADW's.
- Here are some early Beyer returns for Saturday's races:
Scat Daddy - 95The Fountain of Youth number indicates a continued lack of progress Beyer-wise for all of the top four finishers, most notably Nobiz Like Shobiz, who regressed from the 98 earned in the Holy Bull, and didn't show anymore maturity either. But here's a big step forward for Great Hunter, whose previously lackluster numbers were the main flaw in his record. King of the Roxy also moved forward in a big way, but as we noted yesterday, he's destined to remain in one-turn affairs. And Corinthian improved one point on his seasonal debut, and looks like a horse who's ready to build on those numbers.
Great Hunter - 101
King of the Roxy - 103
Corinthian - 107