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TSN, WEG Ink Broadcast Deal

Published: June 6, 2014 1:40 pm ET

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On Friday, June 6, TSN announced a new multi-year deal with the Woodbine Entertainment Group that will see Canada’s Sports Leader broadcast every race from the Canadian Triple Crown series as well as the country's richest harness race, the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup.

With this new deal, TSN now becomes the exclusive home of the biggest and most prestigious Thoroughbred horse races in North America, as the network also delivers exclusive live coverage of the American Triple Crown: the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and the Belmont Stakes, airing tomorrow (Saturday, June 7) at 6 p.m. ET on TSN (pre-race coverage begins at 2:30 p.m. ET on TSN2).

“We are thrilled to present the Canadian Triple Crown in partnership with TSN and Bell Media,” said Nick Eaves, president and CEO of Woodbine Entertainment Group. “Woodbine is the home of championship horse racing, and TSN’s hallmark of quality storytelling will amplify our premier events and make Canadian horse racing bigger than ever before.”

“TSN is proud to partner with Woodbine Entertainment Group to become the new home of Canadian horse racing and add the Canadian Triple Crown to our broad portfolio of championship events,” said Shawn Redmond, VP of Programming and Marketing, TSN. “With its rich history and thrilling performances, the Queen’s Plate is the undisputed jewel of Canadian horse racing. We’re very excited to showcase it, along with Woodbine’s full slate of marquee events, to horse racing fans across the country.”

As part of the deal, TSN has acquired rights for seven Canadian horse races, including the Pepsi North America Cup – the continent’s richest pacing race – on Saturday, June 14 at 10 p.m. ET on TSN (pre-race coverage begins at 9:30 p.m. ET exclusively on TSN GO). The following day (Sunday, June 15), Woodbine Oaks presented by Budweiser airs at 4:30 p.m. ET on TSN2.

TSN’s live coverage of the Canadian Triple Crown begins with the Queen’s Plate – considered the premier event in Canadian horse racing – on Sunday, July 6 at 4:30 p.m. ET, as the 155th running of the event unfolds at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto.

The Canadian Triple Crown -- the Queen's Plate, Prince Of Wales Stakes, and Breeders' Stakes -- shares the same race distances as its U.S. counterpart, however the uniqueness of the Canadian horse races is that each event is contested on a different racing surface: Polytrack, dirt, and turf. It marks the first time the network has carried all three of these events.

TSN subscribers can also access live streaming and on demand coverage of TSN’s package of horse racing events on their smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop via TSN GO.

Schedule

Please visit TSN.ca for confirmed broadcast times for the following events:

  • Pepsi North America Cup – Saturday, June 14

  • Woodbine Oaks presented by Budweiser – Sunday, June 15

  • Queen’s Plate – Sunday, July 6

  • Prince Of Wales Stakes – Tuesday, July 29

  • Breeders' Stakes – Sunday, Aug. 17

  • Ricoh Woodbine Mile – Sunday, Sept. 14

  • Pattison Canadian International – Sunday, Oct. 19

(TSN)


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