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TVG to Have Enhanced Pacific Classic Coverage
TVG has announced it will feature a number of state-of-the-art production enhancements during its 90-minute special telecast of the TVG Pacific Classic (gr. I) at Del Mar Aug. 24.
The coverage in high definition, where available depending on carrier, begins at 4:30 p.m. PDT. Approximate post time for the 1 1/4-mile race is 5:46 p.m.
TVG, which is sponsoring the Pacific Classic for the fifth consecutive year, is adding several new cameras to its existing 17-camera Del Mar package, bringing the total to more than 20. Wireless cameras that are strategically placed among the race's participants will provide the audience with up close and personal views, TVG said in a release.
In addition, jockeys will wear mini-microphones to provide a unique perspective into the sounds of the game. Other enhancements include virtual graphics layered onto the track and Del Mar's architecture will provide additional handicapping information.
"The TVG Pacific Classic helps cap the summer racing season in Southern California and as such is one of the most important events on the national racing calendar," said Bhavesh Patel, TVG's senior vice president of television operations and marketing. "Also serving as a Breeders' Cup 'Win and You're In' event it's a perfect race for TVG to present with the state-of-the-art production elements that bring home all the excitement experienced right at the track."
Hosting the telecast from Del Mar will be Todd Schrupp, joined by Simon Bray, Paul Lo Duca, Matt Carothers, Mike Joyce, and Britney Eurton. The network's coverage of the Pacific Classic will also air on Prime Ticket, Fox Sports San Diego, MSG Plus, and Altitude (check local listings).
Seaway Draws Well-Balanced Field of 11
Photo: Michael Burns
A well-balanced field of 10 fillies and mares, including 2013 winner Youcan'tcatchme, are set to contest the $150,000 Seaway Stakes (Can-III) Aug. 24 at Woodbine.
The seven-furlong Seaway over Woodbine's synthetic Polytrack surface is the eighth race on the card at the Toronto oval.
The co-highweights at 119 pounds are Spring in the Air and Northern Passion, both graded stakes winners trained by Mark Casse for owner John C. Oxley.
A 4-year-old daughter of Spring At Last , Spring in the Air won the Hendrie Stakes (Can-III) May 24 before consecutive fourth-place finishes in two stakes, including the Ontario Matron (Can-III). The earner of $888,264 posted her signature victory when she won the 2012 Darley Alcibiades (gr. I) over the Keeneland Polytrack surface en route to Sovereign Award honors as Canada's top 2-year-old filly.
Northern Passion, a multiple stakes winner at Woodbine, is generally far back and makes a late run. The 5-year-old by First Samurai was fifth, within 3 1/2 lengths of recent grade I winner Somali Lemonade, in an allowance at Keeneland last April. Two starts later she won a $100,000 stakes at Woodbine. Most recently, the mare finished third in the Ontario Matron.
Live Saratoga Weekend Coverage from HRRN
Horse Racing Radio Network will provide live on-site coverage of Saratoga Race Course's signature weekend beginning Friday, Aug. 22, with the Personal Ensign (gr. I) followed by the 145th Travers Stakes (gr. I) Saturday and then the New York Showcase Day Sunday. In addition, HRRN will broadcast the TVG Pacific Classic (gr. I) from Del Mar Sunday evening.
Friday's coverage begins with the network's "HRRNLive!" show at 3 p.m. ET which will include a special 30-minute segment dedicated to the Personal Ensign from 5-5:30 p.m. ET. The broadcast will precede the "Xpressbet Weekend Stakes Preview Show" from 6-7 p.m. ET which provides handicapping insight into the weekend's major stakes races.
On Saturday, HRRN returns with a special Travers day edition of the "Equine Forum," hosted live from Saratoga beginning at 8 a.m. ET followed by live coverage of the Travers, Ketel One King's Bishop and Ballerina, all grade I, from 4-6 p.m. ET.
Sunday's coverage begins at 5 p.m. ET with the New York Showcase Day stakes before segueing into live coverage of the 24th Pacific Classic from 7-9 p.m. ET.
HRRN programming is available on SiriusXM satellite radio as well as on various terrestrial affiliates across the country. In addition, the broadcast will be streamed live on the HRRN website, www.horseracingradio.net. The live stream can also be accessed by iPhone and iPad users through the HRRN site.
Big Blue Kitten Back in Jersey's Cliff Hanger
Photo: Coglianese Photos
Ken & Sarah Ramsey's homebred Big Blue Kitten used the 2013 United Nations Stakes (gr. IT) at Monmouth Park to propel his way to victory in back-to-back grade I races, and now looks to the $100,000 Cliff Hanger S (gr. IIIT) Aug. 24 to return to graded victory.
A winner off the layup of the 1 1/16-mile Lure Stakes at Saratoga Race Course on Aug. 2—his first start since an eighth-place finish in the Nov. 2 Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT)—the Chad Brown trainee makes his second start of the season against six rivals in Monmouth's Cliff Hanger going 1 1/8 miles.
Big Blue Kitten, a 6-year-old son of Kitten's Joy , rattled off wins in the United Nations and the Sword Dancer Invitational Stakes (gr. IT) last summer, and was second in the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational (gr. IT) before his Breeeders' Cup bust. He drew the outside post under regular rider Joe Bravo and carries 120 pounds.
Highweight in the field is Michael Bruder's Guys Reward, winner of the July 27 Metropolitan Jets Oceanport Stakes (gr. IIIT) at the New Jersey oval. Trained by Dale Romans, the 7-year-old son of Grand Reward gets Paco Lopez in the irons from post 3 under 123 pounds.
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