December 20, 2012 12:24 ET

TVG to Air Live Coverage of Santa Anita Winter Meet

Weekly Betting Contest Planned

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - Dec 20, 2012) - TVG, America's Horseracing Network, will add the upcoming 71-day Santa Anita winter race meet to its broadcast schedule, with coverage available to the most homes in the meet's 76-year history.

"Having the Santa Anita meet on TVG will provide a significant boost for California racing," said Tony Allevato, TVG executive vice president. "Along with airing the races on the most widely distributed horse racing television network in the country, we have secured major programming blocs on a number of Fox Sports affiliates, including FSN Prime, FSN West and Fox Sports San Diego. As a result, Santa Anita racing will enjoy wider everyday household distribution than at any time in its history, and will be available in more than 45 million homes."

The Santa Anita meet runs from December 26-April 21, and features 41 graded stakes, highlighted by the Grade I, $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap (March 2), and the Grade I, $750,000 Santa Anita Derby (April 6).

"Offering a rich history and tradition, the Santa Anita winter meet helps kickoff the racing season in grand style," said Allevato. "TVG is thrilled to bring our fans all the action, as we begin the most extensive television coverage of California racing available," said Allevato.

In addition, to celebrate its new Santa Anita coverage, TVG will launch the "California Dreamin' Betting Contest," a promotion that will award six weekly cash prizes and a grand prize trip to California that includes attendance at one of the state's four biggest racing events.

The "California Dreamin' Betting Contest" will run Saturdays from December 29-February 2, 2013, and involve wagering on races from Santa Anita, Aqueduct and Tampa Bay Downs. The contest will offer $20,000 in total prize money and a grand prize trip for two to California and the opportunity to attend either the Santa Anita Derby, the Hollywood Gold Cup, opening day at Del Mar or the TVG Pacific Classic. Go to for details. 

"The 'California Dreamin' Betting Contest' is a fun way to promote not only TVG's exciting coverage of Santa Anita, but our presentation of a full winter racing schedule from around the country," said Don Scott, TVG vice president of marketing.

TVG account holders can wager on all races from Santa Anita, Aqueduct and Tampa Bay Downs by visiting

TVG, a subsidiary of Betfair Group plc, the premier e-gaming betting community, is among the most widely distributed horseracing networks in the world. TVG is one of the largest legal online gaming companies in the US, accepting over $650 million in wagers in 2011. The company has demonstrated its commitment to the racing industry, its owners, tracks and fans through sponsorship of several preeminent races including the TVG Pacific Classic and the TVG Jockey Club Gold Cup.

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