TVG Network ("TVG" being an initialism for its official name Television Games Network) is an online horse and greyhound racing betting business and American sports-oriented digital cable and satellite television network that is owned by FanDuel Group, the U.S. division of Paddy Power Betfair.
|Launched||July 14, 1999|
|Owned by||FanDuel Group|
|Picture format||720p (HDTV)|
|Slogan||A Betting Evolution|
|DirecTV||602 (SD only)|
|Dish Network||399 (SD only)|
|Verizon FiOS||315 (SD)|
|Available on certain other U.S. cable systems||Consult your local cable provider for channel availability|
The channel was launched on July 14, 1999, and was founded by the United Video Satellite Group, the then-owners of the TV Guide Network (now Pop) and TV Guide magazine (from which the "TVG" initials were partially taken). On October 5, 1999, Gemstar International Group Ltd. purchased United Video Satellite Group.
In May 2006, TVG introduced several new programs to its schedule including Morning Line, Fandicapping, :58 Flat, Lady Luck (an all female panel discussion program focusing on the day's races) and Drive Time (which covered exclusive racing from the Meadowlands). TVG places microphones on select jockeys, owners, trainers, and the starting crew.
The channel formerly operated a fictional betting site, TVGfree.net, which allowed it to have a presence in the fifteen states which prohibit televised and off-track betting, operating similarly to poker sites which use the .net domain to differentiate their fictional betting sites from the .com sites which allow real gambling. The site was discontinued at the start of 2012 due to a site upgrade, and currently redirects to TVG.com.
In the end of February 2007, TVG ended its longtime affiliation with Churchill Downs Incorporated. On May 2, 2008, Gemstar-TV Guide was acquired by Macrovision (now Rovi Corporation) for $2.8 billion.
Macrovision, which purchased Gemstar-TV Guide mostly to boost the value of its lucrative VCR Plus+ and electronic program guide patents, later stated that it was considering a sale of TVG, TV Guide Network and the TV Guide print edition's namesake to other parties.
In the end of 2008, Macrovision sold TVG to Betfair for $50 million in cash consideration. The deal was consummated on January 27, 2009, separating the channel from the company which acquired its founding owner in 2007. In February 2015, Betfair acquired TVG's sole competitor, HRTV, and began to consolidate it into TVG's facilities. The network was re branded as a sister network, TVG2, in October 2015.
TVG offers wagering services to residents of Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wyoming. TVG account holders are able to wager online at TVG.com, or by landline or mobile phone.
The following tracks are available for wagering at TVG.com (listed alphabetically):
TVG covers over one hundred tracks, with exclusive coverage of several tracks, including North American tracks such as Woodbine Race Course, Keeneland Race Course, Del Mar Racetrack, Meadowlands, Suffolk Downs and Monmouth Park. The network also broadcasts races from various tracks in Australia, United Kingdom, Ireland and Japan.
TVG coverage includes events such as the Travers Stakes, Haskell Invitational, Pacific Classic, Hollywood Gold Cup, Blue Grass Stakes, Wood Memorial, Melbourne Cup, Japan Cup and the All American Futurity.
In July 2018, with the removal of restrictions on U.S. states' ability to offer sports betting, the network announced that it was developing studio programs dedicated to the subject. Paddy Power Betfair had recently acquired daily fantasy sports service FanDuel with an intent to use it as its main U.S. brand for sports betting. The new programs, The Barstool Sports Advisors and More Ways to Win, would air on Sunday mornings beginning September 9, 2018.
The 2010 Breeders' Cup World Championships was the 27th edition of thoroughbred racing's season ending premier event, and took place on November 5 and 6 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.2011 Breeders' Cup
The 2011 Breeders' Cup World Championships was the 28th edition of thoroughbred racing's season ending premier event, and took place on November 4 and 5 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.Aaron Gryder
Aaron Tod Gryder (born June 5, 1970, in West Covina, California) is an American Thoroughbred horse racing jockey.
Growing up fifteen minutes away from the Santa Anita racetrack, as a boy Gryder had no contact with horses other than his grandparents' interest in attending the nearby races. But from as early as he could recall he wanted to be a professional jockey. At the age of 13, he left home to learn to ride at the invitation of widely respected jockey, Rudy Campas, who retired from racing after a 26-year career.
At 16, Aaron began his career as a professional jockey in Tijuana, Mexico at Agua Caliente Racetrack. His first winner came on January 18, 1987, at Agua Caliente aboard Ragen Henry. After riding there for two months, he was second by just one win in the leading rider standings.
Word of his early success attracted agents and trainers from Southern California racetracks. At their request, Aaron returned to the United States to ride at Santa Anita Park. His first win there came on a 20-1 long shot, a horse with no left eye named One Eyed Romeo. Just a few months later, he rode at Hollywood Park’s fall meet as an apprentice jockey. He became the first, and only, apprentice jockey to ever win the Leading Rider title in the track's 75-year history. During that time, he rode his first two Grade I wins on Asteroid Field, in the Matriarch Stakes for trainerJohn Gosden, and the Beverley Hills Handicap on Fitzwilliam Place for Hall of Fame trainer, Charles E. Whittingham.
Gryder has ridden worldwide for Kings, Queens, Sikhs and Princes at tracks including Royal Ascot Racecourse and York Racecourse in England, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands and Canada. In addition to Hollywood Park, he has won several Leading Rider titles at Churchill Downs, Arlington Park, Aqueduct Racetrack and Golden Gate Fields. In 1995, he became the first jockey to win back-to-back titles at Arlington Park since Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day in 1986–1987. He has won five racing titles at Aqueduct (from 1998 to 2002). The 1998–1999 title was achieved with 53 wins even though he suffered a spill causing him to miss the last six weeks of the meet. In the 1999–2000 meet he repeated his success with 94 wins - 32 more than his nearest competitor. In 2011, Gryder won the Golden Gate Fields leading rider title, breaking the 15 year consecutive streak of Hall of Fame jockey Russell Baze, who holds the record for most race wins in North America.
In 2009, Gryder rode Well Armed to a win in the world's richest race, the $6,000,000 Dubai World Cup, finishing 14 lengths in front of Gloria De Campeao, the largest margin of victory in the history of the race. Later that year, Gryder was invited by the Hong Kong Jockey Club to ride at Sha Tin Racecourse and Happy Valley Racecourse. In 2010 he returned to the US and rode at Oaklawn Racing & Gaming, Lone Star Park and Remington Park. In 2011, Gryder returned to California.
Gryder won the 2012 G1 Breeders' Cup Marathon on long shot Calidoscopio and as of 2017 has ridden in four Kentucky Derbies. He has had over 4,000 race victories internationally, over 3,800 of which have occurred in North America. As a professional athlete, he has been represented by sponsors including The Mirage, Treasure Island, MGM Grand Las Vegas, Phantom Fireworks and Patioworld.
Gryder has always been involved with charities. He co-founded the Giving Circle which provided relief for victims of Hurricane Katrina and built schools and freshwater wells in Africa. He had also been involved with the Oscar De La Hoya Foundation and March of Dimes.
Beyond racing, Gryder has appeared in television's Dellaventura with Danny Aiello and The Sopranos. Gryder has worked as an On-Air Analyst for ESPN, NBC Sports, Fox Sports, TVG Network and HRTV. In 2017, he covered the worldwide broadcast of the Dubai World Cup for NBC Sports and Racing UK, and later the Breeders' Cup simulcast show at Del Mar racetrack. Gryder was one of the six jockeys featured in Animal Planet's 2009 reality documentary, Jockeys. He has also been an invited Guest Speaker and Emcee at schools, events and large corporations including the Callaway Golf Company and the Jockey's Guild Convention in Las Vegas, NV. Throughout the years, Gryder has been hired as a racing ambassador for elite racetracks like Santa Anita and Del Mar, and events such as, the Breeders' Cup World Championships.Chris McCarron
Christopher John "Chris" McCarron (born March 27, 1955, Boston, Massachusetts) is a retired American thoroughbred horse racing Hall of Fame jockey. He mounted his first horse ever at 16.5 years old and was racing professionally by 18. At only 19 years old (his first year as a jockey) Chris McCarron wove a spell that brought his mounts to the winner's circle 547 times in 1974, breaking all records for most races won in a year. The previous record was set by Sandy Hawley in 1973 with 515 wins in a year.
He was introduced to the sport of thoroughbred racing by his older brother, jockey Gregg McCarron. Chris McCarron began riding professionally in 1974 at East Coast racetracks where he won the 1974 Eclipse Award for Outstanding Apprentice Jockey in the United States.
He moved to race in California in 1977, a year he scored his first of three wins in the Kentucky Oaks. In 1980 he won the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey as best overall jockey and that same year his peers voted him the prestigious George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award. In 1991, he was voted the Mike Venezia Memorial Award for "extraordinary sportsmanship and citizenship".
McCarron won nine Breeders' Cup races, including five Breeders' Cup Classics, and rode six winners in the U.S. Triple Crown Races. Other major wins for McCarron include the Del Mar Oaks (4), Del Mar Futurity (4), Del Mar Handicap (6), Del Mar Debutante Stakes (3), La Jolla Handicap (7), San Bernardino Handicap (6), Clement L. Hirsch Handicap (7), San Felipe Stakes (7), Florida Derby, Eddie Read Handicap, Bing Crosby Handicap, Jockey Club Gold Cup (2), Arlington Million, Fantasy Stakes (4), San Clemente Handicap (5), Hollywood Gold Cup, Woodward Stakes (2), Santa Anita Handicap (3), Haskell Invitational (2), Santa Anita Derby (4), San Diego Handicap (6), Pacific Classic, Canadian International and Japan Cup. McCarron led all North American jockeys in earnings in 1980, 1981, 1984 and 1991. He also topped the leaderboard in wins in 1974, 1975 and 1980.
In 1989, Chris McCarron was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. After 28 years in racing he retired in June 2002. He finished as thoroughbred racing's ALL-TIME leader in purse earnings with more than $264 million in winnings and 7,141 races won. He won about 21% of the races he rode, a percentage that only 5 jockeys have ever held.
In 2003, McCarron served as a technical advisor, racing designer and actor in the 2003 film Seabiscuit. That same year he was hired by Magna Entertainment Corp. to serve as Vice President and General Manager of Santa Anita Park. After resigning his job at Santa Anita in January 2005, he announced he would be opening the first ever riding academy in the United States: the North American Racing Academy which is part of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. In 2008, he was working as a racing analyst for TVG Network for only a year.Corey Black
Corey A. Black (born January 11, 1969 in Westminster, California) is a retired Champion jockey in American Thoroughbred horse racing.
Born in Westminster, California, Black won his first race as a professional apprentice jockey on October 16, 1985, during the Oak Tree Racing Association meet at Santa Anita Park. A Champion that year, he led all apprentice jockeys in United States racing in purse money won. During a fifteen-year career, Black rode primarily in California where he won important races, including the 1993 Hollywood Gold Cup aboard Best Pal.
In the summer of 1987, and again in 1992, Corey Black rode in France where he won a number of conditions races.
Like many in his profession, Corey Black battled weight gain that eventually was a factor in his retirement at age thirty-one on November 26, 2000. Following retirement he worked as an agent for a short time, acting for jockeys Gary Stevens and Brice Blanc. In 2002, he was hired to work on the set of the motion picture, Seabiscuit. He served as a stunt double for actor Tobey Maguire, who he taught the posturing of a professional jockey, and played the role of the jockey (Harry Richards) on Rosemont, William duPont, Jr.'s horse that beat Seabiscuit in the 1937 Santa Anita Handicap. Black has worked as an exercise rider and has been an analyst on the TVG Network horse racing broadcasts. 
Corey Black is a member of Board of Don MacBeth Memorial Jockey Fund, an organization that raises money to assist injured and disabled riders. Dubai World Cup
The Dubai World Cup (Arabic:كأس دبي العالمي) is a Thoroughbred horse race held annually since 1996 and contested at the Meydan Racecourse (Arabic:ميدان) which in Arabic suggests a place where people congregate and compete, a sort of meeting point in the Emirate of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The race is operated through the Emirates Racing Authority (ERA) whose Chairman is Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Presidential Affairs of the United Arab Emirates. It offers nine races, consisting of eight Thoroughbred contests and one Purebred Arabian contest.
The Dubai World Cup, the final race of Dubai World Cup night, was created in 1996 by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai who owns Darley Stud & Godolphin Racing, one of the world's leading Thoroughbred breeding and racing operations.
Annually held on the last Saturday in March, the Dubai World Cup is part of the Dubai World Cup Night of races. Since its 2019 running, the race has carried a purse of $12 million, regaining its place as the world's richest horse race, a record held by the Pegasus World Cup in 2017 and 2018. It is a Group 1 flat race on dirt for Northern Hemisphere Thoroughbred four-year-olds & up and for Southern Hemisphere Thoroughbred three-year-olds & up run over a distance of 2,000 metres (about 10 furlongs) in late March. It was held at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse before 2009. In 2010, the Dubai World Cup was first held at the new Meydan Racecourse on March 27, on all-weather surface known as Tapeta. However, it was held as dirt race again in 2015 due to the high maintenance cost and being an unpopular condition among American participants.
The race's first winner was the future United States Hall of Fame Thoroughbred Cigar, owned by Allen E. Paulson. A plaque honoring that horse hangs outside the barn of Bill Mott at Belmont Park.
In 2006 the Dubai World Cup was broadcast live on TVG Network and HRTV and taped later for showing on ABC. It was the first time that the race was shown on national TV in the United States.Flutter Entertainment
Flutter Entertainment plc (formerly Paddy Power Betfair plc) is a bookmaking business created by the merger of Paddy Power and Betfair. It is listed on the London Stock Exchange, and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index. It operates under various brands including Betfair, Paddy Power, Sportsbet, TVG and FanDuel.Frank Mirahmadi
Frank Mirahmadi [born (1967-10-20) 20 October 1967] is a thoroughbred horse racing announcer. He has called at major tracks including Hialeah, Turf Paradise, Louisiana Downs, Oaklawn Park, Monmouth Park, Golden Gate Fields and Aqueduct.Mirahmadi grew up near Santa Anita Park and attended Beverly Hills High School and graduated from The University of Arizona. His father was a big racing fan and took his son to the track at a very young age. By age 9, Mirahmadi was highly interested in the sport of kings.
Mirahmadi called his first live race at Hollywood Park on December 24, 1992. In 1996, Mirahmadi got his first full-time announcers job at Hialeah in Florida. He is well known for his imitations of celebrities and other thoroughbred race callers. From a young age, he imitated many announcers, including Dave Johnson, Harry Henson and Trevor Denman. He used 23 voices in a race call at Turf Paradise in 2009.Mirahmadi has also been a television analyst for the major horse racing network TVG Network and has done handicapping shows for Oaklawn Park, Monmouth Park and NYRA.
Mirahmadi was hired as the new permanent race caller at Santa Anita Park starting with the 2019 winter meet. He will split announcing duties between Santa Anita and Monmouth.Gemstar–TV Guide International
Gemstar-TV Guide International, Inc. was a media company that licensed interactive program guide technology to multichannel video programming distributors such as cable and satellite television providers, and consumer electronics manufacturers; video recorder scheduling codes under brands such as VCR Plus; as well as serving as publishers of TV Guide magazine as well as operators of tvguide.com, owners of TV Guide Network and TVG Network, and provided various related services. On May 2, 2008, Gemstar-TV Guide International, Inc. became a wholly owned subsidiary of Macrovision Solutions Corporation, which later changed its name to Rovi Corporation on July 16, 2009.Jessica York
Jessica York (born 1976) is an American television personality, and sports anchor. She currently works as a studio host and entertainment reporter for DISH Network. She was one of the three hosts on GSN's PlayMania before it broke off into two separate shows, and was subsequently a host on quiznation'.'York hosted her first episode of PlayMania on October 19, 2006. She continued to host until February 2007, when the program was split into separate programs, quiznation and 100 Winners. She served as host on both programs until 100 Winners was canceled in June and quiznation was canceled in October.
York is a graduate of Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. After she graduated, York hosted a morning show, "Summit Sunrise" for the Resort Sports Network (RSN). She then moved on to host two shows for the RSN, Hot Spots, where she showcased locations around the world and their unique features and Thrill Seekers, a program featuring adventurous and extreme sports. She has been nominated for a regional Emmy Award for her work on Hot Spots, as well.
These experiences qualified her to be the travel tip expert on Rachael Ray's self-titled talk show.
York has also been a weather forecaster for WMTW-TV in Portland, Maine and host of New Spaces on HGTV for two seasons. After moving from Maine to Los Angeles, York was a host on the TVG Network, serving as a studio host, studio analyst and track-side reporter for the horse racing network. York is also a certified personal trainer. She has released one home video, Body to Go.Khaled Stakes
The Khaled Stakes is an American Thoroughbred horse race held annually at Hollywood Park Racetrack in Inglewood, California. Sponsored by the TVG Network, the race is contested on turf over a distance of one and one-eighth miles (nine furlongs). The event is restricted to horses age four years and older who were bred in State of California.
Part of the California Gold Rush Day program at Hollywood Park Racetrack, the Khaled Stakes is run as the male counterpart to the Fran's Valentine Stakes for mares.
1 1⁄16 miles : 1990-2002
1 1⁄8 miles 2003–presentKyoto Racecourse
Kyoto Racecourse (京都競馬場, Kyōto-keibajō) is located in Fushimi-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan. It is used for horse racing. It has a capacity of 120,000. It was built in 1999.Matt Dinerman
Matt Dinerman (born July 13, 1992) is an American thoroughbred horse racing announcer. He grew up in San Diego, California and graduated from Chapman University college in Orange County, California.Dinerman grew up attending races at Del Mar Racetrack, near his parents' home in San Diego,Calif. When he was in high school, he worked for California-based trainer John W. Sadler and later worked as part of the Del Mar Publicity Team. Dinerman was hired as the track announcer at Emerald Downs in June 2015, becoming the youngest announcer in the United States at the time. His first live race call came during an audition at Emerald Downs in May 2015.In the fall of 2016, Matt Dinerman was hired as the racing announcer and race analyst at Golden Gate Fields in Berkeley, California.
Dinerman has appeared on and also written for various horse news media outlets, including The Daily Racing Form, The Blood-Horse, TVG Network, TVG2, The San Diego Union Tribune and The Washington Times.Paul Lo Duca
Paul Anthony Lo Duca (born April 12, 1972) is an American retired professional baseball player and television personality. He played in Major League Baseball as a catcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers (1998–2004), Florida Marlins (2004–2005, 2008), New York Mets (2006–2007), and Washington Nationals (2008). He later became a horse racing analyst for the TVG Network and New York Racing Association.Peter Lurie
Peter Hill Lurie (born January 16, 1962) is an American voice actor, sports anchor and television personality who has worked in several television shows, movies, and dubbed anime, since the mid-1990s. He is well known as the voice of Vulcan Raven in the Metal Gear video game series, Marvel Comics supervillain Sabretooth and Paxton Fettel of F.E.A.R. series. He currently works as an HRTV, TVG Network anchor, and as an in-house host for Hoosier Park, and for Indiana Grand Racetrack as well.Priscilla Hojiwala
Priscilla Hojiwala is an American broadcast journalist and sports anchor in Los Angeles last reported as working as an on-air correspondent for REELZCHANNEL freelance, covering Hollywood movie premieres, awards shows, red-carpet events, and press junkets. She is a contributor to the 'Dailies' show, a daily news and information program focused on the movies, hosted by Mike Richards.Ronald W. Ellis
Ronald W. Ellis (born March 10, 1960 in Glendale, California) is an American Thoroughbred horse racing trainer. A November 8, 1997 Los Angeles Times article noted that he "is known for taking his time with horses and taking special care with those prone to injury." Ron Ellis only saw his first live Thoroughbred horse race at age sixteen but was immediately "hooked" on the sport. Four years later he was training horses and earned his first win with To B. Or Not who won the 1980 Carlsbad Stakes at Del Mar Racetrack and then captured that year's Palos Verdes Handicap plus back-to-back wins in the 1981-1982 El Conejo Handicap. A difficult horse to handle, To B. Or Not set two track records in three years of racing for Ellis who went on to train for prominent owners such as Pam and Martin Wygod, B. Wayne Hughes, and the Mace Siegel family's Jay Em Ess Stable.
In 2004, Ellis trained Declan's Moon to an undefeated season and American Champion Two-Year-Old Colt honors. In 2009, he won the most important race of his career when Rail Trip captured the Grade I Hollywood Gold Cup.Ron Ellis serves on the board of directors of the Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC). He and wife Amy, with whom he has three daughters, make their home in Arcadia, California near Santa Anita Park. Amy McGee Ellis is the sister of trainer Paul McGee.
He was once an analyst for Fox Sports from 1998-2001. He has been with TVG Network since 2006.TVG
TVG may refer to:
Televisión de Galicia, a Galician television channel; part of the Compañía de Radio Televisión de Galicia, in Spain
TV-G, a content rating in the American TV Parental Guidelines
TVG Network, an American horse racing television network
TVG, the United States Navy's signal code for "Well done" until 1949, when they adopted the international naval signal BZ (Bravo Zulu)
TV Gopalakrishnan, Indian singer and mridangam playerTVG2
TVG2 (formerly 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
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.