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 5-7So 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.
(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.