Extensive Broadcast Coverage for Louisiana Derby Day
NEW ORLEANS, La (March 11, 2009) - Saturday's Louisiana Derby Day presented by Budweiser will receive extensive radio and television coverage.
The 96th running of the $600,000 Grade II Louisiana Derby will be featured in a one-hour live telecast on WVUE-TV (Fox 8) in New Orleans from 4-5 p.m. CDT. WVUE sports director Eric Richey will host the telecast, which will also include race coverage of the Mervin H. Muniz Jr. Memorial Handicap, the race immediately preceding the Louisiana Derby.
Back for a second consecutive year with on-site coverage of Louisiana Derby Day is HorseRacing TV, which will provide pre- and post-race coverage, including interviews and analysis, throughout the afternoon. Jon White and Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens will be at Fair Grounds for HRTV, which airs in the New Orleans area on digital cable - Cox Communications channel 313 and Charter Communications channel 317.
On radio, the Horse Racing Radio Network returns to Fair Grounds for a third consecutive season. HRRN will have live coverage of all four Grade II stakes on Saturday's card - the Louisiana Derby, Fair Grounds Oaks, Muniz Memorial and New Orleans Handicap - in a two-hour broadcast from 3-5 p.m. CDT. In New Orleans, WGSO 990 AM will carry the HRRN broadcast. Mike Penna, Billy White and Jude Feld will anchor the HRRN coverage.
Three other radio talk shows will originate from Fair Grounds over the weekend. WWL (870 AM in New Orleans) will broadcast live from 4-6:45 p.m. on Friday, which is not only the eve of Louisiana Derby Day, but the first of three consecutive twilight Friday racing programs. Deke Bellavia will host the show.
On Saturday, the HRRN team will broadcast its popular Saturday morning talk show, Equine Forum, from Fair Grounds. In addition to its Kentucky affiliates, WGSO will also carry the show from 7-9 a.m.
WGSO's regular Saturday morning sports program, The Three Tailgaters, will also originate from Fair Grounds. Ken Trahan and Ed Daniels will broadcast live from 10 a.m.-noon.
First post for Saturday's 12-race Louisiana Derby Day program is 12:35 p.m. CDT.
Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, the nation's third-oldest Thoroughbred racing facility, has been in operation since 1872. Located in New Orleans, Fair Grounds is owned by Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ Global Select Market: CHDN); it also operates a slot-machine gaming facility and nine off-track betting parlors throughout southeast Louisiana. Fair Grounds' 137th Thoroughbred season will run from Nov. 14, 2008, through March 29, 2009, and its inaugural Quarter Horse meet was conducted from Aug. 20-24, 2008. Information about Fair Grounds can be found on the Internet at www.fairgroundsracecourse.com.