Scott Hazelton to Provide Roaming Coverage
TVG, the popular cable racing network, for the first time will broadcast live from Kentucky Downs on Sept. 6 and 8 with Scott Hazelton hosting from the Franklin, Ky. track.
Hazelton will conduct pre- and post-race interviews and provide analysis, betting selections, featured wagering plays and segments designed to give viewers the feel and flavor of Kentucky Downs.
“Given that I’ve never been there, I hope to give the perspective of somebody who has never had the chance to go,” said Hazelton, who will be working with cameraman Miles Feld. “We see the simulcast feed; I don’t think it gives it the full perspective. I’m going to try to go around to as many places as I possibly can. We talked about walking the turf course and video-taping it, so people can see it — then speeding up the video and stuff like that. We have so much flexibility with the setup we come in with that we can broadcast from anywhere. So I can go up by the gate, go wherever we want to and can.”
Kentucky Downs analyst Caton Bredar (shown with Hazelton), a regular TVG contributor, will join Hazelton, as well as providing analysis, reports and selections the other days of the five-day meet.
“I’m excited about it,” Hazelton said. “It’s such a unique place, and the racing is fantastic. The amount of top trainers, top horses, top jockeys who go there, it speaks to itself. I can’t wait to see it.”
Hazelton is the son of trainer Richard Hazelton, who before he became a Chicago racing icon was the kingpin of Arizona tracks during a career spanning more than 50 years and 4,745 victories. Scott Hazelton spent summers working in the Arlington Park racing office while in college, graduating from Arizona State University with a degree in broadcasting in 2004. He promptly went to work for the Horse Racing Television (HRTV) cable network, which was acquired by TVG in 2015 and rebranded as TVG2.
TVG is the No. 1 horse-betting website and horse-racing television network in America. It is available on select cable companies, Dish channels 398 and 399, DirecTV channel 602 and on TVG.com by opening an account.