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FanDuel Racing
CountryUnited States
Broadcast areaNational
HeadquartersLos Angeles, California
Programming
Picture format480i (SDTV)
HDTV
Ownership
OwnerFanDuel Group
Sister channelsFanDuel TV
History
LaunchedJanuary 1, 2003
Former namesHRTV (2003-2015)
Links
Websitetvg2.com

FanDuel Racing (formerly TVG2 and HRTV) is an American sports-oriented digital cable and satellite television network. It is part of the TVG Network and is owned by Paddy Power Betfair. Dedicated to horse racing, it broadcasts events from U.S. and international racetracks, as well as a range of English and Western horse competitions, news, original programming and documentaries

History

Horse Racing Television (HRTV) was launched on January 1, 2003 by the Magna Entertainment Corp. providing coverage of races at the 13 company-owned racetracks and programming from 60 other tracks. Magna used the network to promote their Xpressbet wagering system.[1]

The network was previously known as HRTV, and owned by the Stronach Group. In 2007, Stronach sold 50% of the network to Churchill Downs Incorporated. In February 2015, HRTV was acquired by Betfair, owner of the competing TVG Network. HRTV was consolidated into TVG Network's Los Angeles facilities, and re-branded as TVG2 on October 28, 2015. The move to TVG's facilities also allowed the network to begin broadcasting in high definition.[2][3][4]

In September 2022, the network was relaunched as FanDuel Racing, consistent with its sister-network's rebrand as FanDuel TV.[5]

List of HRTV commentators

Scott Hazelton, Kurt Hoover, Christina Blacker, Matt Carothers, Todd Schrupp, Dave Weaver, Mike Joyce, Rich Perloff, Simon Bray, Donna Brothers, Nick Hines, Frank Miramahdi, Tom Cassidy, Joaquin Jaime, Paul Lo Duca, Peter Lurie, and Britney Eurton.

Programming

Racing programming

Programming on HRTV includes regular and special stakes races from Santa Anita Park, Churchill Downs, Gulfstream Park, Arlington Park, Pimlico Race Course, NYRA, and numerous other top U.S. and international racetracks.

English programming

HRTV also features events in the world of English riding, such as show jumping, dressage, eventing and carriage driving. Coverage includes the Aachen World Horse Festival, FEI World Cup Jumping, Dressage events, and the Horse Shows in the Sun (HITS) $1,000,000 Grand Prix Triple Crown of Show jumping.

Western Programming

Western horse-related programming includes rodeos sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, National Reining Horse Association events from around the world, US- based Cutting, Roping, and Barrel Racing competitions, and programming on recreational activities such as trail riding.

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References

  1. ^ "Magna Launches New Racing Network". Associated Press. 8 January 2003. Retrieved 30 August 2022.
  2. ^ "TVG Makes Changes, Rebrands HRTV as TVG2". Blood-Horse. Retrieved 31 October 2015.
  3. ^ "TVG re-brands HRTV, promises more live racing". Courier-Journal. Retrieved 31 October 2015.
  4. ^ Mitchell, Ron (February 18, 2015). "TVG Acquiring HRTV; Operations to Merge". Blood-Horse. Retrieved February 18, 2015.
  5. ^ Steinberg, Brian (25 August 2022). "FanDuel Readies Launch of Cable Network Focused on Sports Betting". Variety. Retrieved 26 August 2022.
  6. ^ "Equestrian Life - Luxury Desert Homes - Equestrian Life - Luxury Desert Homes". equestrianlife.com. Archived from the original on 13 February 2014. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  7. ^ "HRTV Shows - HRTV.com". HRTV.com. Retrieved 18 April 2015.