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HRTV TRAVELS TO BELMONT TO CHRONICLE I'LL HAVE ANOTHER'S TRIPLE CROWN QUEST

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HRTV TRAVELS TO BELMONT TO CHRONICLE I'LL HAVE ANOTHER'S TRIPLE CROWN QUEST

 

* Post Position Draw & Live Racing On-site Coverage Begins Wednesday;

* Pursuit of the Crownand Westrock Coffee First Callat Belmont;

* Network Premieres 4 ½ Hours of New Triple Crown Programming

 

Elmont, NY, June 1 -- I'll Have Another's quest to become racing's first Triple Crown winner in 34 years has captured the nation's attention, and HRTV (R) will continue its extensive on-site coverage of this year's Triple Crown, when it begins live broadcasts from Belmont Park on June 6.

Scott Hazelton, Richard Migliore, Aaron Vercruysse, Jeff Siegel, Zoe Cadman, Peter Lurie and Caton Bredar will all be on-site to combine for daily all-inclusive coverage detailing I'll Have Another's attempt at racing immortality.

The network's on-site involvement will again consist of broadcasting the Belmont Stakes' post position draw on Wednesday at 11 a.m. ET.  Pursuit of the Crown show will emanate from Belmont through Sunday, and the half-hour show, which has chronicled the Triple Crown trail since the winter, will provide the latest happenings.  HRTV's Westrock Coffee First Call will continue its travels along the Triple Crown path, with one-hour shows Friday through Sunday.  (Complete Belmont coverage listings are included below.)

Additionally, HRTV's daily coverage from New York will include in-depth race coverage, the latest up-to-date information, timely interviews with the key connections of Belmont contenders, the latest workouts for Belmont entrants, as well as expert analysis from HRTV's stable of hosts/analysts.  

 

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The network will also premiere special segments of Triple Crown programming for racing fans, beginning this Sunday, June 3, when HRTV Presents: I'll Have Another -- The Journey to the Triple Crown.  The one-hour show, debuting at 8:30 p.m. ET, will recap HRTV's coverage of I'll Have Another's 2012 season, from his victory in the Robert B. Lewis Stakes through his triumphs in the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness.

 

Another expansive grouping of shows will be unveiled on Wednesday.  The 2 1/2-hour block will encompass a wide-range of compelling programming that looks at the historic Triple Crown, as well as I'll Have Another's opportunity to join the pantheon of racing legends.  Five consecutive half-hour shows are set, beginning at 8:30 p.m. ET with Triple Crown Memories, with HRTV hosts/analysts recounting their favorite Triple Crown memories through the years.  Immediately following will be the debut of 2012 Triple Crown Moments (9 p.m.) in which HRTV's talent recall their favorite moments from this year's Triple Crown season. The chasm of years since Affirmed's Triple Crown in 1978 has been well-chronicled and members of the network's on-air team will recount their favorite near misses over Belmont's grueling 1 1/2-mile surface in another show -- Triple Crown Misses at9:30 p.m. ET.

 

I'll Have Another's trainer, Doug O'Neill, and Santa Anita CEO Mark Verge have been friends since childhood, and this unique relationship will be spotlighted in The Guys: Doug O'Neill and Mark Verge (10 p.m. ET).  The final show in the block, How to Win the Belmont (10:30 p.m. ET), will bring together three Hall of Fame jockeys -- Gary Stevens, Laffit Pincay, Jr. and Mike Smith -- as they discuss how to win the "Test of a Champion" over "Big Sandy's" demanding strip, and the best tactical game plan to derail I'll Have Another's bid.

On Thursday, another half-hour show, Remember a Champion, premieres at 8 p.m. ET and will present a look at all living Kentucky Derby winners, and their lives today.

 

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Similar to its chronicling of the busy action surrounding the Derby and Preakness, HRTV's fully revamped website (www.hrtv.com) will provide "web exclusive" coverage of the wide-ranging activity and festivities during Belmont Week.  

Commencing early Thursday morning, HRTV.com will again provide viewers with unique behind-the-scenes coverage from Belmont, including morning workouts and key interviews, as Carolyn Conley canvasses the bustling activity from the backstretch. 

In addition, HRTV.com will offer a unique sampling of the flavor that is synonymous with New York City.

HRTV'S BELMONT-RELATED COVERAGE (JUNE 3-10; all times ET):
 

Sunday, June 3

HRTV Presents: I'll Have Another -- The Journey to the Triple Crown --8:30 p.m.


Wednesday, June 6

Belmont Stakes Draw-- 11 a.m.

Pursuit of the Crown -- Noon

Race Day America-- 12:30 p.m. 

Across the Board-- 8 p.m.

 

** Triple Crown premieres**

Triple Crown Memories -- 8:30 p.m.

2012 Triple Crown Moments --9 p.m.

Triple Crown Misses --9:30 p.m.

The Guys: Doug O'Neill and Mark Verge -- 10 p.m.

How to Win the Belmont --10:30 p.m.


Thursday, June 7

Pursuit of the Crown-- Noon

Race Day America-- 12:30 p.m.

Remember a Champion-- 8 p.m.

Against The Odds-- 8:30 p.m.

Friday, June 8

Westrock Coffee First Call-- 11 a.m.
Pursuit of the Crown -- Noon
Race Day America -- 12:30 p.m.  

The Edge-- 11 p.m.

Saturday, June 9(Belmont Stakes Day)
Westrock Coffee First Call --11 a.m.

Pursuit of the Crown-- Noon 
Race Day America -- 12:30 p.m. 

Sunday, June 10

Westrock Coffee First Call-- 11 a.m.

Pursuit of the Crown-- Noon

Race Day America-- 12:30 p.m.  

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