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Hall of Fame Jockey Gary Stevens To Join Horseracing TV as Analyst

ARCADIA, Calif., Nov. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Legendary Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens has reached an agreement with HorseRacing TV (TM) (HRTV) to serve as an on-air analyst for the network's comprehensive coverage of Thoroughbred racing.

Stevens, whose career spanned 27 years, encompassing over 5,000 victories and more than $221 million in purse earnings will join HRTV's stable of analysts on January 1, 2008. In addition to his long-term commitment to HRTV, Stevens will continue to serve as an analyst for NBC Sports. Prior to joining HRTV, Stevens was an analyst for Television Games Network.

"We're delighted to welcome Gary Stevens to our outstanding group of analysts," said Jim Bates, executive vice president and general manager of HorseRacing TV. "Gary is a talented, highly-respected figure in Thoroughbred racing, and has brought the same keen understanding and instincts to the broadcast booth that he had in the saddle. We're eager to share his interesting perspectives and insights with our viewers."

"I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to work together with Jim, Amy Zimmerman, Ron Charles and their talented team at HRTV", said Stevens. "As the industry's network they are making a tremendous commitment to horse racing. I look forward to using my experience in working together, with the network in delivering a great product to the viewers while, at the same time increasing HRTV's coverage and fan base."

In joining HRTV, Gary also joins executive producer Amy J. Zimmerman, with whom he works with on NBC's broadcasts.

"The addition of Gary to our team is a terrific statement as to the long- term commitment of HRTV to the horse racing industry," said Zimmerman. "We've known each other for many, many years and I am honored to have the opportunity to work with him on a year-round basis."

Stevens will work closely with HRTV's production team to impart his unique experiences and expertise to the network plans for comprehensive coverage of the 2008 racing year.

In 1997, At age 34, Stevens was inducted into the National Museum of Racing Hall, becoming the youngest person to earn that honor. A year later, he won the Eclipse Award as the nation's top jockey. In 1996, he was named the recipient of the prestigious George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award. He later earned acclaim for his portrayal of Woolf in the 2003 Oscar nominated blockbuster, "Seabiscuit."

He won virtually all of the sport's biggest races, including eight Triple Crown races -- three Kentucky Derbys, two Preakness Stakes, and three Belmont Stakes. He also piloted eight Breeders' Cup winners during his brilliant career, and won a record nine Santa Anita Derbys. In 1993, he became the youngest jockey to surpass $100 million in career earnings.

In his illustrious career, Stevens rode some of the sport's greatest equine stars, including: Winning Colors, Thunder Gulch, Silver Charm, Point Given, Silverbulletday, Da Hoss, Rock Hard Ten, Bertrando, Singspiel, Victory Gallop, Fantastic Light, and many others.



About HRTV

HRTV (http://www.hrtv.com) is a 24-hour television network providing up to 15 hours per day of wire-to-wire coverage of live horse racing action from more than 70 thoroughbred, harness and quarter horse racetracks in the United States, Canada and Australia.

 

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