Today, Dark Horses on NBC features Easy Goer / Sunday Silence Rivalry

dark horses on TVNBC Sports presents the broadcast debut of Dark Horses, the story of the most unlikely rivalry in Triple Crown history, on Saturday, June 2 at 5 p.m. ET on NBC. Dark Horses brings viewers back to 1989 and the thrilling showdown between Easy Goer and Sunday Silence. For a preview of “Dark Horses,” click here.

With Justify racing for Triple Crown history next week in the 150th Belmont Stakes (Saturday, June 9, at 4 p.m. ET on NBC), the horse’s trainer and jockey both referenced these 1989 races following this year’s Preakness Stakes:

“Good Magic, he really put it to us. It was almost like the Sunday Silence-Easy Goer type [race]. They didn’t give it away. He was going to make us earn it…This is what makes horseracing…and these great horses. They just define themselves when they get in that situation.” – Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert

“Justify reminds me a lot of Easy Goer. He was a big, strong, beautiful horse like this one.” – Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith

Narrated by actress and Kentucky-native Ashley Judd, Dark Horses chronicles the competition between Easy Goer, who descended from racing royalty and one of the most powerful farms in the sport, and a relatively unheralded colt named Sunday Silence. The 60-minute documentary looks back at the 1989 racing season during which the two horses – who each had members of the well-known Hancock family on opposing sides – competing head-to-head in all three Triple Crown races, and the Breeders’ Cup Classic. The competition provided some of the most dynamic and compelling races in thoroughbred history.

The film features interviews with Arthur Hancock, the owner of Sunday Silence, host Al Michaels, race caller Tom Durkin, jockey Pat Valenzuela, who rode Sunday Silence during the Triple Crown races, Easy Goer’s jockey Pat Day, jockey Chris McCarron, who rode Sunday Silence at the 1989 Breeders’ Cup, and Shug McGaughey, Easy Goer’s trainer. Dark Horses was directed by Castor Fernandez (ESPN 30 for 30: “Brothers in Exile”).

Leading into the Belmont Stakes, NBCSN will air encore presentations on Wednesday, June 6 at 8 p.m. ET, Friday, June 8 at 7 p.m. ET, and Saturday, June 9 at 8 a.m. ET.

source: Press Release

2015 Breeders’ Cup TV schedule

Breeders’ Cup TV schedule for the 2-day 2015 event in Lexington, Kentucky.

NBCSN Friday: 10/30: 3:00 -6:00 pm

NBCSN Saturday: 10/31: 1:00-4:00 pm

NBC Saturday: 10/31: 4:00-6:00 pm

Below shows the TVG schedule of events for Breeders’ Cup 2015

tvg breeders cup 2015 schedule

Belmont Week TV Schedule

Here is the Television coverage this week for the upcoming Triple Crown attempt by American Pharoah.

TV June 6 schedule

Backstretch Workers featured in upcoming America Reframed episode

NEW YORK,  /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Join journalist and series host Natasha Del Toro for the 3 rd season of AMERICA REFRAMED, WORLD Channel’s independent film series co-produced with American Documentary, Inc.
Dionicia Martinez and her teenage son, José Luis, have gambled their futures on the hardscrabble sport of horse racing. While gamblers make long-shot bets in the hopes of winning big, Dionicia, much like 11 million undocumented immigrants in America, stakes her life on finding a way out of poverty…

Upcoming Horse Racing TV Schedule

May 11

Man o’ War Stakes, 4:30-6 p.m. ET FOX Sports 1

May 17

Preakness Stakes, 5-7 p.m. ET NBC

June 7

Belmont Stakes, 4:30-6:30 p.m. ET NBC

July 6

United Nations Stakes, 5-6:30 p.m. ET FOX Sports 1

July 20

Eddie Read Stakes and Coaching Club American Oaks, 5:30-7:30 p.m. ET FOX Sports 1

Aug. 10

Saratoga Special, 5-6:30 p.m. ET FOX Sports 1

Aug. 17

Sword Dancer Invitational, 5-6:30 p.m. ET FOX Sports 1

Sept. 14

Ricoh Woodbine Mile, 5-6:30 p.m. ET FOX Sports 1

CNBC about Wealthy Racehorse Owners Airs Tonight

Tonight at 9pm ET CNBC will air a show about the lifestyles of the rich and famous.  The focus will be on the Fasig Tipton horse sales and includes a segment on Team Valor International and their horse ownership group.  Here is a preview of tonight’s show.

httpv://youtu.be/x8WwMRB38Rs

A Better Presentation is What Horse Racing Needs

Racing needs a better presentation, TVBy Art Parker

Thoroughbred racing requires us to fight an ongoing battle, a battle for survival. I am not going to point out the mistakes we made over the years. I use the word we because I am convinced we must all fight this battle to make sure our sport not only is trying to grow, but trying its best to survive. Today the battle is to garner new faces, new blood, new fans, and preferably those in the demographic of young adults. We need to do this with an old sport.

Trying to put anything old with something new has never been easy, if it was, then teenagers would love to go see old folks on their birthday and give the real old aunt a big smack on the lips. And we know that doesn’t happen.

Besides the effort of social media and all the new bells and whistles of the high tech age, the television is still a good way to place our product before prospective fans. Justice is best served our sport when the people get its full visual effect. Watching the action of the sport can be exhilarating similar to what some folks experience watching NASCAR. But like anything else, the sale is often made not with the contents of the box, but how you wrap the package.

For many horseplayers Breeders’ Cup day is one where the action takes place at home. So many of us now play via Advance Deposit Wagering (ADW) and we utilize various resources to have all the advantages of being at the track without having to go to the track.

I’m sure many of you are like me. I play via ADW and turn the television on for the non-stop Breeders’ Cup coverage, even though the television coverage is not required to get the job done. This year the television coverage was like in the past. It is not interesting enough to watch, at least for the regular player. And, I suspect it was not interesting enough to those that are not regular players.

I didn’t watch the coverage on Friday but I did tune in Saturday and paid attention the best I could. One reason I was going to watch the Saturday coverage was to try and see the presentation as if I was a novice.

All races except the Classic were viewed on the NBC Sports network. The coverage on NBC Sports was like it always is and just not too good, in my opinion.

For the most part the coverage is boring to those that do not know the sport. A novice sits there and listens to some guy talk about Beyer Speed Numbers and there is simply no way the newcomer knows what those numbers are. It’s like those of us in the know are keeping a secret. Of course, this is just an example. The bottom line is that we do not use the opportunity to recruit new players with actions and information that will make them comfortable.

But then we left NBC Sports and went to NBC for the final hour and, of course, the feature race, the Breeders’ Cup Classic. The presentation seemed to be very much different. It was far more exciting. My wife remarked that it seemed like we were watching the Academy Awards. There was a greater romance with the horse. It seemed different and I liked it. I’m sure much of the content was considered the same by some, but what I liked was the way the package was wrapped.

What I perceived to be a good move was that the Classic hour had the possibility of recruiting new players with just downright excitement and avoided running prospective players off with mystery information. Plus, we got the biggest Breeders’ Cup moment in Prime Time. I salute NBC for what I think was a different presentation. I encourage racing’s television partners to continue to work on new ideas that will attract more participants. I hope our television partners will attempt to make future broadcasts something the younger people will call “awesome” or “cool” instead of “something the old folks like.”

 

2012 Breeders’ Cup TV Schedule

Breeders’ Cup

Friday, November 2

4 – 8 p.m. ET  NBC Sports Network

 

Breeders’ Cup

Saturday, November 3

3:30 – 8 p.m. ET

NBC Sports Network

Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1)

Saturday, November 3

8 – 9 p.m. ET  NBC

KY Derby Television Ad direct from Europe

 

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Celebrating its 180th anniversary in 2012, Longines is a sponsor of some of the world’s most celebrated horse races. The Swiss company ran a striking television ad during the NBC Kentucky Derby television broadcast. Over the years some of the best television ads for promotion of the sport have come from sponsors within the game. The ad from Longines this year is no exception. The link above is to the full advert, about one minute longer than what was aired here in the United States.

About Longines & The YouTube Ad

“Longines sweeps you deep into the heart of the equestrian action in which it is today passionately involved. Its new commercial was shot in the grandiose setting of the Chantilly Racecourse, where Longines is the official timekeeper and where the Prix de Diane Longines is staged. Film director Cyril Clapin’s camera takes you backstage for the weighing-in, where the jockeys fine-tune their concentration, and into the stalls where the horses themselves are being readied. From the palpable tension prior to a race to the collective shiver at the starting gun, you’ll live the dramatic seconds ticked off by the race chronograph and experience the beauty and power of the galloping horses. Jockey and mount are then but one.”

Kentucky Derby viewership – Male vs. Female

A couple of years ago the Nielsen company took a close look at the television viewership on the Kentucky Derby, following a timeline both before and after the big race. It’s a surprising race between the sexes.

Take a gander at the results of the Nielsen analysis.