HRTV ON-TRACK AT GULFSTREAM & FAIR GROUNDS THIS WEEKEND FOR KEY DERBY PREPS
Arcadia, CA, Feb. 22 -- With the action heating up on the Triple Crown trail, HRTV (R) will be on-track at two key sites this weekend -- Gulfstream Park and the Fair Grounds -- for a pair of key Derby preps, as well as other stakes races.
Laffit Pincay, Jeff Siegel, and Caton Bredar will be in South Florida for a jam-packed two days of stakes racing, topped by the Grade 2, $400,000 Fountain of Youth, for 3-year-olds on Sunday, while the network's Peter Lurie will be stationed at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans reporting on a busy Saturday of action, topped by the Grade 2, $300,000 Risen Star for 3-year-olds (which has drawn a field of 11).
The Fountain of Youth annually serves as a major Derby steppingstone, and is expected to feature two prominent Derby hopefuls -- Union Rags and Algorithms. A day earlier, the Grade 2, $250,000 Davona Dale for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles, heads another stellar card which includes two $100,000 events -- the Sabin and The Very One. Pincay, Siegel, and Bredar will offer in-depth race analysis, as well as late-breaking news and interviews, from trackside throughout the busy weekend.
There's no shortage of stakes racing on the Risen Star undercard. Three more graded stakes events are slated, including the $200,00 Rachel Alexandra, $125,000 Fair Grounds Handicap, and the $125,000 Mineshaft Handicap.
"Fasig-Tipton, Pursuit of the Crown, presented by Twinspires.com" Makes Sunday Debut
Also, beginning this Sunday (8 p.m. ET), HRTV will again introduce a second weekly installment of "Fasig-Tipton Pursuit of the Crown, presented by Twinspires.com" to its programming schedule. This half-hour show, slated for each Sunday, will offer an instant analysis of the weekend's stakes races that have Triple Crown implications.
The show, which also airs every Thursday, made its seasonal debut on Feb. 9. HRTV's tandem of Scott Hazelton and three-time Derby-winning jockey Gary Stevens co-anchor the Sunday show.
HRTV, The Network for Horse Sports, is a television-based multimedia network dedicated to equine sports. HRTV’s programming features horseracing from top U.S. and international racetracks, as well as a wide range of world-class English and Western horse competitions, news, original programming and award-winning documentaries covering the world of horse sports. The live stream of HRTV is available on a subscription basis to high-speed Internet users worldwide at www.hrtvlive.com. In the U.S., the HRTV television network is available via telco, cable and satellite in over 19 million homes.