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Justify and TV Coverage of Horse Racing

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I meant to write a post about 2018 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner AND Triple Crown contender Justify, let alone tell you where and when you can to watch the Belmont Stakes on TV.

But I veered off into a tangent about racing coverage on TV, inspired by Justify’s shot at history.

It all started with a link to an article my husband “MacGuyver” sent me.

The Monsoon Triple Crown?

Royal Ascot on TV: Comments on the Coverage

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Featured in the telecast was this custom Royal Ascot globe made by Bellerby & Co. The broadcast featured a story about the making of this globe, plus images of the Royal Ascot globe were used for transitions between the program, a.k.a., “bumps.”

In Summer 2017, NBC Sports aired horse racing live from Royal Ascot for the first time. With announcer/TV presenter Nick Luck fronting the American-ized version, most of the action was covered by ITV, which did a wonderful job.

I hope y’all at NBC were taking notes on the production, especially for Kentucky Derby coverage.

What I liked about 2013 Derby coverage

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Long, long ago, in a lifetime far, far away, I used to work in TV sports production. My husband still does, although he doesn’t work on live events any more. When we watch TV sports at home, we’re not just watching the action. We’re watching “the show.” In more recent years, I’ve become more aware of the storytelling thread running through live events, both the short stories and the larger plot arcs, as well as the “characters” involved.

Anyway, here are some of the things I liked in the TV coverage of the 2013 Kentucky Derby. Maybe you noticed some of them, too?

Wider shots in the Post Parade

Make racing cool again – get Lady Gaga to the track

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I have mixed emotions about “Luck” HBO’s new series featuring horse racing. The drama will be great. The action scenes will rock. But do y’all really think it’ll get families and young people to the track? Some folks in racing are hoping it will.

If you can’t see the embedded video, click here for the Luck trailer.

“Please, God, let me be wrong,” but “Luck” looks a bit like “John from Cincinnati” Goes to the Track.

“John From Cincinnati” was a gritty HBO series about surfers. Except America expects to see, when someone mentions surfers, blue skies, bikini babes and blond hunks.  Not a bunch of sad sacks yelling and swearing at each other while eking out a hand-to-mouth existence with occasional forays into spirituality.

Believe it or not, I still liked JFC, but I think there were maybe a dozen of us who did. John and his friends gave us land-locked folks a taste of what attracts people to surfing, but the show sure didn’t make surfing look cool.

And don’t get me started that the “Luck’s” promo features older stars like Dustin Hoffman and Nick Nolte, who I love for their talent and grace. But that’s the point. I love them. I’m at that awkward age – too old to swoon over Justin Bieber, but too young to be cool like Betty White.

If you want to grow racing’s audience, you need to appeal to the youth and young families.  Keep reading below because I have some ideas.