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Friday, March 30, 2007

Response from Churchill Downs

I received this message from Churchill in response to my post about the Dubai races that will be televised on a delayed basis on NYRA's simulcast outlet, Channel 71 in NYC.

Churchill Downs Incorporated offered to allow Dubai races 5-7
(Dubai Sheema Classic, Dubai Duty Free and Dubai World Cup) to be shown LIVE on NYOTB Channel 73. NYRA would not allow that to happen. Liz Bracken, NYRA's director of simulcasting, contacted our staff yesterday to say they had made the decision not to allow the live feed because it would set a bad precedent.

It is our understanding that Channels 71 and 73 can only show New York racing content when New York tracks have live racing available. Due to the time difference, the Dubai races will go off at the same time live racing is available from New York tracks, and according to Liz, NYRA did not want to establish a precedent by which non-New York races would be shown during those hours.

In your blog, you have asked readers to contact Churchill Downs to complain. If they are dissatisfied with NYRA's decision, they should contact NYRA's offices.
So there you go. Apologies to Churchill. I was also told that Jerry Bossert of the NY Daily News, whose story I based the post on, was contacted as well. I do often take other reporters' words as fact, which I suppose is not proper journalism, though if I was a proper journalist, I'd be getting paid for it! But that's no excuse, and we'll have to be more cautious before making harsh accusations in the future.

5 Comments:

Anonymous said...

lets get some Dubai picks! find past performances here for free
http://www.drf.com/news/article/83588.html
I think it is much harder thanthe breeders cup-but I will try. Byanose

Anonymous said...

Ok- I'll step out on the limb!
Godolphin Mile- Mullins Bay
UAE Derby- Eu Tambem
Golden Shaheen- Friendly Island &
Nightmare affair
Sheema Classic- Honey Rider
Duty Free- Irridescence & Diawa
Major
World Cup- 1. Invasor
2. Premium Tap
3. Forty Licks (byanose)--What say you?

Steve D said...

That is absolutely HUGE news, Alan. New guard (Churchill) wants to make the international Breeders Cup equivalent available to all; Old guard (NYRA or whoever controls Ch. 71 & 73) wants to show state-bred maidens.

Although it seems absurd at the moment, this is a wonderful sign of progress for the industry. So much so, that you (and others) simply assumed that the signal controller was trying to lord over the purchasers. This is clearly not the case, with Churchill involved. Their desire was clearly to distribute the signal in the widest possible manner, and only NY idiots could get in their way.

I'm hopeful.

Steve

Anonymous said...

As to TVG -- a phone representative confirmed that they're NOT carrying it. They have in past years . . .

Steve D said...

Okay, so much for progress, but you can at least consider TV and Churchill enemies at this point.

How bout a call for "signal transparency" so we at least know who to blame for the stupid decisions made by racing/simulcast managers.

Steve