TVG Coverage Features Holiday Stakes, Opening Weekends At Fair Grounds, Tampa

TVG, America’s horse racing network and leading ADW platform, will bring live horse racing into homes across the country on Thanksgiving Day with live racing from Del Mar in California and opening day from Fair Grounds in Louisiana. The award-winning network will also feature stakes races from Aqueduct, opening weekend from Tampa Bay Downs and premier international racing including the Japan Cup (Group 1) as part of the weekend coverage.

On Thursday, Del Mar will kick off a star-studded four days of racing featuring seven graded stakes races including the $300,000 Hollywood Derby (G1) on Saturday and the $300,000 Matriarch Stakes (G1) on Sunday. Todd Schrupp, Christina Blacker, Britney Eurton, Joaquin Jaime and Mike Joyce will be live on-site at Del Mar with exclusive interviews, expert analysis and selections while Simon Bray will be contributing to the broadcast from home.

The featured race on Thursday at Del Mar is the $100,000 Red Carpet Stakes (G3) which has attracted a competitive field of ten fillies and mares including representatives from top East Coast barns for trainers Chad Brown and Graham Motion. Orglandes, has been tabbed as the morning line favorite at odds of 5-2 for Chad Brown and the four-year-old filly will be making her stakes debut after an allowance win at Belmont Park in October. Irad Ortiz, Jr. will be in the irons.

The prestigious $300,000 Hollywood Derby (G1), the ninth and final race on Saturday, has drawn a field of thirteen of the top turf three-year-olds from coast to coast. The one-two finishers in the Hill Prince Stakes (G2) at Belmont Park in October, Get Smokin and Decorated Invader, have both shipped to California for a rematch. Get Smokin, trained by Tom Bush, will be ridden by Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith and the Christophe Clement-trained Decorated Invader retains regular rider Joel Rosario.

The live racing season will begin at Fair Grounds on Thursday with a loaded ten-race card featuring the $125,000 Thanksgiving Classic Stakes. The six-furlong contest has drawn a field of eight including Manny Wah, the 3-1 morning line favorite for trainer Wayne Catalano. The four-year-old son of Will Take Charge was last seen finishing fifth in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) and will be ridden by James Graham. The 76-day meet will run through March 28th and will broadcast in its entirety by TVG.

Racing from Aqueduct will resume on Friday with ten stakes races scheduled over the course of three days. Friday’s featured race, the $100,000 Comely Stakes (G3) has a field of ten sophomore fillies set to compete in the 1 1/8 mile contest including Thankful, a daughter of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah. Trained by Todd Pletcher, the bay filly has won her last two starts and will be making her stakes debut under jockey Kendrick Carmouche.

On Saturday, fans of international racing can tune in to watch champion Almond Eye make the final start of her career in the Japan Cup (G1) where she will square off against undefeated 2019 Japanese Triple Crown winner Contrail and the undefeated Triple Tiara champion Daring Tact. International expert Candice Hare will host the broadcast and post time for the Japan Cup (G1) is at 1:40 a.m. ET/10:40 p.m. PT on Saturday night.

In addition to racing from Del Mar, Fair Grounds and Aqueduct TVG will also be featuring Laurel, Gulfstream Park West and more. Fans can tune in on TVG, TVG2 and the Watch TVG app which is available on Amazon Fire, Roku and connected Apple TV devices.

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