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$100,000 Derby Dream Bet returning in 2011

Can history repeat? Last year, during the NBC Sports telecast of the Kentucky, Glen Fullerton made a $100,000 wager on 8-1 Super Saver, who went on to win the Run for the Roses to gave the 40-year-old Houston, Texas, resident the payoff of a lifetime. Who will get the opportunity in 2011? For the second […]

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ESPN drops out of bidding for Belmont; will NBC claim Triple Crown again?

ESPN said it is dropping out of negotiations with the New York Racing Association to televise the Belmont Stakes, suggesting that all three Triple Crown races could be reunited on NBC Sports for the first time since 2005, according to Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Daily. NYRA broke away from Churchill Downs and Pimlico to get […]

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RIP Michael Letis: helped launch Breeders’ Cup by securing NBC Sports as broadcast partner

One of the most important contributors to the early success of the Breeders’ Cup was its four-hour broadcast window on NBC Sports. Michael Letis, who played a major role in securing that unprecedented telecast beginning in 1984, has died in Connecticut at the age of 69.

 Letis and Mike Trager were partners in Sports Marketing […]

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CUT! ABC BUTCHERS BELMONT RACE COVERAGE

By Ray Paulick Is it that difficult to show a race on television so that it both reflects the power and excitement of the Thoroughbred horse and yet still allows viewers to know what’s going on in the race? Apparently so, especially if you happened to be the person in charge of televising Saturday’s Belmont […]

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WILL THE TRIPLE CROWN GET BACK ON THE SAME NETWORK?

After a five-year split, officials from NYRA, Churchill Downs and the Maryland Jockey Club are working together to put the three race Triple Crown series back on the same network. This comes after NYRA had negotiated its own deal with ABC in 2006. “It’s hard to put together a marketing program for the Triple Crown […]

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WEEKEND STAKES: WHERE TO WATCH brought to you by KBC Horse Supplies

Two surefire signs of spring—Oaklawn Park’s Racing Festival of the South and Keeneland’s opening day–kick off the weekend stakes action Friday afternoon, and while the Fantasy at Oaklawn and Transylvania at Keeneland are well worth watching, it’s the big Kentucky Derby preps that will get most of the attention one day later. Those two Grade […]

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LIVE BLOG FROM OAKLAWN PARK

By Ray Paulick There are a lot of people sitting on pins and needles in Hot Springs, Ark., this afternoon, all waiting to see what happens at Santa Anita Park and Fair Grounds when two-time champion Zenyatta and Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra make their 2010 debuts in anticipation of their long-awaited match-up, scjheduled […]

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SELLING TRIPLE CROWN AS A PACKAGE DEAL

By Ray PaulickWith solid television ratings throughout the 2009 Triple Crown season and contracts expiring next year with NBC (which broadcast the Kentucky Derby and Preakness) and ABC Sports (which produced Saturday’s Belmont Stakes telecast), horse racing is in a strong position to negotiate a new deal for racing’s premier events. The big question when […]

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COLLUSION, AN ONLINE FIRESTORM, AND SURRENDER

By Ray Paulick For those of you who decided to disconnect from the racing world on Sunday, let me just say that we had a little situation here. Actually, it wasn’t so little. Collusion between the co-owner of Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird and the owner of runner-up Pioneerof the Nile to keep […]

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