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Saturday, March 31, 2007

In The Dark

- NY's OTB channel switched from the excellent UK coverage it had been carrying over to its Aqueduct simulcast at noon, leaving those of us without Dish Network out of luck. Yes, I saw the Sheema just now on tape, and they'll show the other two shortly after they're run, but it's certainly not the same.

Since I was so wrong the other day, I'm not going to drop any 'F' bombs on anyone without knowing for sure who, if anyone, is at fault. Churchill Downs, which controls the signal, and TVG still do have a business relationship, however adversarial, since TVG is contracted to carry Calder through next year. So couldn't something have been worked out with the good of us racing fans in mind?

It's probably no coincidence that on Friday, TVG made its big announcement about its increased coverage of Keeneland, which was really not much of an announcement at all, perhaps in an attempt to blunt their failure to carry the biggest race of the decade. They'll be some extra on-site coverage, which is nice, but hardly compensates for how lame the network has been, and will continue to be once Churchill opens. And they'll be a one-time session of "The Works:Toyota Blue Grass Stakes 2007, which seems kinda like a special episode of "Law And Order: Assisted Living Facility Purse-Snatching Unit."

1 Comment:

Anonymous said...

I forget where I saw it but the first mention of coverage, or lack thereof, of the Dubai races mentioned that Ch 71 would have only races 2-4. I was therefore prepared for this and had the car warmed up to take me to my local OTB for the balance of a great day of racing from far off lands.

A first and hopefully last scenario, tapped out my OTB account before 11am! And hit the ATM before 1pm!

Thankfully bailed out a little hitting the World Cup trifecta as posted on this site, albeit reversed, and the FLA Derby tri too.

Fact that Notional and Chelokee could not get by Scat Daddy to make my day when the last eighth went in 14 seconds does not bode well for any of these on the first Saturday in May.

We can take solace from the fact that there will not be a new trend of Derby winners coming off five week layoffs.

Mr. Ed