The Woodbine Entertainment Group has signed a deal with Sportsnet to air the 30th edition of the Pepsi North America Cup, slated for Saturday, June 15 at Mohawk Racetrack, on Sportsnet’s The Score.
The one-hour broadcast, a joint production of WEG and Sportsnet, is scheduled for 9:00 p.m. (EDT), with the race set for 9:42 p.m.
It will be the first time that a standardbred race will be shot and aired live in high-definition (HD) in Canada.
The 'Cup,' which carries a $1 million purse, spotlights the best three-year-old pacers on the continent.
“We are very pleased to partner with Sportsnet and have the Pepsi North America Cup aired in high-definition,” said Jamie Martin, WEG’s Executive Vice-President of Racing. “Standardbred racing is an exciting sport and Mohawk -- in its 50th year -- is a terrific venue. Both will really shine in HD.”
Eclipse Award winner Rob Platts will produce the show. Jason Portuondo will host, while Chad Rozema and Dawn Lupul will report on all the action and offer expert analysis. Ken Middleton Jr. will call the race.
The 84-date Mohawk meet, which kicks off Thursday, May 23, will offer racing Thursday through Saturday, and Mondays. First-race post time is 7:25 p.m.
First-race post time on Pepsi North America Cup night is 7:05 p.m.
This is great news but since
This is great news but since we are trying to get more fans AND this is a great race why is it not in EVERY other Canadian track as a programmed race so EVERYBODY watches it.
Last year the horsemen at KD were in trouble for delaying the post parade to watch the race.
The tracks could still have the same number of live races if they apply for it.
Just a thought.