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Is Horse Racing Dead? Not in California

Positive Reports from Earlier in the Year at Santa Anita

With a closing day Pick 6 pool of $6,022,040 adding an exclamation point to the conclusion of Santa Anita’s Winter/Spring Meet, all sources pari-mutuel handle for the 102-day run dating back to Dec. 26, exceeded the $1 billion mark, an eight percent increase over a year ago. With overall on-track attendance showing a one percent increase, that day’s all sources handle of $18,534,801, which included a near-$10 million increase over the corresponding date from a year ago, helped to contribute to a meet-end handle total of $1,018,268,136.

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Due to a more than $75 million increase in overall handle, Santa Anita announced a purse increase of 10 percent, which was effective June 1, 2018 through closing day, and which facilitated in attracting larger, more competitive fields to close the meet out.

“We’ve said this consistently, our customers are the economic engine that drives our business,” said Tim Ritvo, Chief Operating Officer for The Stronach Group (TSG). “We want to sincerely thank all of our fans, those here on-track and around the country for supporting our racing in such a substantial way from late December through today.

“We also want to thank the owners and trainers and all of our staff for their support and cooperation. We have many stake holders and together, we feel we can accomplish great things and build upon what we’ve been able to establish these past six months.

“Looking forward, our goals are to provide safe surfaces and larger, more attractive fields to bet on. We’ve very optimistic for the future and we look forward to welcoming everyone back for our Autumn Meet in late September.”

Hammerle Credits Turf Superintendent Martinez and Crew
Santa Anita’s Vice President, Racing and Racing Secretary, Rick Hammerle was quick to acknowledge the pivotal role Santa Anita’s turf course played in the Winter/Spring Meet’s overall success.

“We ran 70 more races on the grass than we did over the same time frame a year ago and we’ve got to give our Turf Superintendent Jesse Martinez and his crew a ton of credit,” said Hammerle. “Our customers want larger, competitive fields and grass racing really helps us to provide that. Without a doubt, the MVP’s of this meet are the main track and turf crews who gave us safe and consistent surfaces for the entire six-month season.

“To run as often as we did on the main track and turf, you need great people. Right from the top, with our Track Superintendent Dennis Moore overseeing everything, to Jesse and his guys, they really made this happen. Without their dedication and work ethic, and the commitment of their staff, we would not have been able to present as many turf races as we did this season and Santa Anita management is indebted to all of them.”

Highlights from the 2017-18 Winter/Spring Meet
Dec. 26—Opening Day
Total Handle: $18.3 million
Attendance: 40,023
City of Light, trained by Michael McCarthy, took the Grade I Malibu Stakes under Drayden Van Dyke. The Grade I La Brea went to Jerry Hollendorfer’s Unique Bella, who was ridden by Mike Smith.

Feb. 18—Bob Baffert’s Justify debuts in a seven furlong maiden special weight, winning by 9 ½ lengths under Drayden Van Dyke.

March 10—Santa Anita Handicap Day
Total Handle: $17.2 million
Attendance: 17,377
Accelerate, trained by John Sadler and ridden by Victor Espinoza, wins the Big ‘Cap by 5 ½ lengths. McCarthy’s City of Light takes the Grade I Triple Bend under Van Dyke by 1 ½ lengths. The Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile goes to Phil D’Amato’sBowies Hero, who won by a half length under Corey Nakatani.

March 11—Justify, in his second start, stretches out to a flat mile and defeats allowance company by 6 ½ lengths under Mike Smith.

April 7—Santa Anita Derby Day
Total Handle: $24.1 million
Attendance: 39,023
Justify remains unbeaten in the Grade I Santa Anita Derby, winning by three lengths under Smith. Trainer Bill Spawr’s Midnight Bisou, also ridden by Smith, takes the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks by 3 ½ lengths.

Spring portion of meet begins on April 13 and consists of 42 racing days, through June 24.

May 5—Kentucky Derby Day
Total Handle: $19.8 million
Attendance: 26,121
Justify becomes the 18th horse to use the Santa Anita Derby as a springboard to victory in the Kentucky Derby as Baffert and Smith again combine forces.

May 19—Preakness Day
Total Handle: $20 million
Attendance: 23,428
Ridden by Smith, Justify win his fifth straight overcoming a rugged speed duel and foggy conditions at Pimlico.

June 9—Belmont Day
Total Handle: $19 million
Attendance: 20,128
Justify joins Seattle Slew as only the second undefeated Triple Crown Champion. With Baffert and Smith again teaming for the win, the chestnut colt by Scat Daddy becomes the 13th overall Triple Crown Champ and Baffert’s second, along with American Pharoah, who did it in 2015.

June 24—Closing Day
Total Handle: $18.5 million
Attendance: 12,253
With a three-day combined Pick Six carryover of $821,858 coming into closing day, “$5,200,182 in “new” money was wagered, creating a massive total Pick Six pool of $6,022,040. This resulted in 208 winning tickets, each worth $20,255.20. The total closing day handle of $18,534,801 marked a nearly $10 million increase over the corresponding date from 2017.

Source: Santa Anita

New Sports Show to Air on TVG

The Barstool Sports Advisors to Debut this Sunday

TVG, America’s national horse racing network and an affiliate of FanDuel Group, announced the launch of its first ever live, integrated Sunday morning sports betting pregame show, More Ways to Win, and the premiere of Barstool Sports new syndicated program, The Barstool Sports Advisors.

“The expansion of our Sunday morning programming, including our partnership with Barstool Sports, will bring a whole new audience to our network for a mix of sports betting, news and daily fantasy content that’s relevant to their interests,” said Kip Levin, CEO of TVG Network and COO of FanDuel Group. “Our Sunday morning programming will now offer up-to-the-minute sports betting information, football news, and expert opinions and insights to complement our customary coverage of the best in live horse racing from around the world. The integration of fantasy and sports betting content into our television assets provides a unique, unmatched marketing platform for the FanDuel Group.”

Beginning at 10 AM ET on Sunday, September 9, TVG will debut The Barstool Sports Advisors, a look at the Sunday slates in a way that only Barstool Sports can deliver. The show will be hosted by Barstool Sports personalities Daniel “Big Cat” Katz, Stu “The Source” Feiner, PFT Commenter, and Barstool Sports founder, Dave Portnoy. The thirty-minute syndicated program will be followed by a separate thirty-minute show exclusive to TVG.

“I’ve been a fan of TVG forever and I’m excited to bring Barstool Sports to the network,” said Dave Portnoy, founder of Barstool Sports.

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The Barstool Sports Advisors will lead in to TVG’s newest studio show, More Ways to Win, which will premiere Sunday, September 9 at 11 AM ET. The live two-hour studio show, hosted by former ESPN and SportsCenter anchor Lisa Kerney, will prepare viewers for Sunday’s games and races with a mix of football news, sports betting information, fantasy news, and live data integration all in one program. More Ways to Win will translate the news of the day into actionable items for sports betting and fantasy consumers. In another groundbreaking move, More Ways to Win will feature live reports from the FanDuel Sportsbook at the Meadowlands Racetrack in New Jersey, putting viewers at the center of the action at the only US sportsbook next to a professional football stadium. Additionally, the show will include horse racing from the biggest tracks in the United States, with TVG experts providing commentary.

Kerney will host More Ways to Win, quarterbacking an experienced team of sports experts. Dani Klupenger, a seasoned football host and sideline reporter, will keep viewers up to date on the latest news and Fox Sports 1’s Jason McIntyre will provide analysis and sports betting information that every sports fan will need for the day. TVG’s Dave Weaver will report live from the FanDuel Sportsbook at the Meadowlands Racetrack, and Brandon Funston of The Athletic will provide fantasy news and insights.
“Our goal is that More Ways to Win will revolutionize sports betting news and information in the same way CNBC changed television coverage of the stock market,” said Kevin Grigsby, Executive Producer of More Ways to Win and Senior Vice President of Content Development at TVG. “TVG’s proven experience with live sports programming, along with our world-class cast of talent will make More Ways to Win an innovative Sunday offering for any sports fan waiting for kickoff.”

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Available in a combined 60 million homes, More Ways to Win, The Barstool Sports Advisors, and all of TVG and TVG2’s content is available on Apple TV, Amazon Fire, and Roku via the new Watch TVG App. The international racing programming previously shown in the Sunday 11 AM ET timeslot on TVG will now be available on TVG2.

New TVG Lineup on Sundays

The Barstool Sports Advisors 10:00 AM ET
The Barstool Sports Advisors After Show 10:30 AM ET
More Ways to Win 11:00 AM ET
TVG Horse Racing 1:00 PM ET
More information on More Ways To Win hosts:

Lisa Kerney is formally a sports anchor and reporter at ESPN. Lisa anchored SportsCenter, Fantasy Football Now during the professionall football season and hosted ESPN’s first-ever internal podcast called “Stay Curious with Lisa Kerney.” Kerney joined ESPN in February 2014 as a studio anchor, appearing on various shows across several ESPN platforms.

Fox Sports 1’s Jason McIntyre is a TV host on FS1’s “Speak for Yourself” and hosts a Fox Sports Radio Show on Saturdays at 10 am. He is the founder of The Big Lead, a sports website that was acquired by Fantasy Sports Ventures in 2011. Previously, he was an award-winning writer at the Bergen Record (NJ), and a reporter and editor at Us Weekly.

Dave Weaver is a television host, reporter and analyst for TVG, America’s horse racing network, since 1999. Dave has covered major events such as the Preakness Stakes, Belmont Stakes, Breeders Cup World Championships and Hambletonian. Professional handicapper and part-owner of 3-time Breeders Cup participant War Story, which won $2.6M in earnings.

Dani Klupenger is a reporter for both professional and college football. She currently covers the Seattle Seahawks for NBC Sports Northwest and the college sidelines for Stadium Network. She previously was the team reporter for the Los Angeles Rams, preseason sideline reporter for CBS-LA and co-hosted “What The Hekk” on ESPN Los Angeles radio. A former Division-1 basketball player, Klupenger also has contributed as an analyst and reporter for various networks such as the SEC Network and ESPN3.

Brandon Funston is a fantasy expert/editor for The Athletic. One of the original online “faces of fantasy sports,” Funston has been working with leaders in the industry for more than 20 years – formerly with ESPN and Yahoo. In 2011, his work was recognized with induction into the Fantasy Sports Writer’s Hall of Fame. Funston, who also produces The Fantasy Record podcast and co-hosts a weekly fantasy football show on Sirius XM radio, resides in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and two kids.

*The debut of The Barstool Sports Advisors is subject to pending regulatory approval.