No HD TV for the Travers?

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Full disclosure time – my husband works for ESPN. And so did I, a long time ago.

I left the company for personal reasons, before it started broadcasting hardly any equestrian sports. Was I a big dummy? Or crazy like a fox? Who’s to say, except for St. Peter in the (I hope) distant future.

So, I also hope that my revelation of my connections doesn’t take any power away from this next statement — I really enjoy ESPN’s racing coverage.

I like seeing the horses, of course. And I like watching the feature stories, so that I can get a “big picture” perspective on a race. I even like the commercials from the horse farms and the companies offering products to them.

All of the commentators are knowledgeable and fun to watch, especially Jerry Bailey who brings experience and energy to his analysis.

But I have a minor quibble. (No, I’m not in a snit because we didn’t get to catch a glimpse of Funny Cide. 😉 ) The title gives you a hint — why wasn’t the Travers Stakes aired in high definition TV?

Now that we have a big screen TV, I’m spoiled beyond belief. If I’m watching an HD channel, I don’t want to see those “screen fillers,” the adapter bars flanking the image on a show that’s been shot in “standard definition” TV. Especially when I’m watching a live show from a company that I know has live HD capabilities.

Let alone on an important race, like the Travers Stakes. It’s right up there in importance with the Triple Crown and the Breeders Cup races. Plus, Saratoga in the summer is plenty picturesque. Just as much as Del Mar was on Sunday for the live racing coverage from there. Which, I may add, was in HDTV.

Geez, guys. Come on. I want my HDTV.

Feedburner Follies – technical difficulties

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See that orange button doohickey thing up there in the banner?

Clicking on it is supposed to help you stay up-to-date on all the happenings here at The Horsey Set Net. Pretty cool, huh? Right convenient. Except it’s not connecting to what it needs to connect to.

Technology is full of surprises and “opportunities in disguise.” Especially for us newbies learning on-the-job.

Thanks for your patience. We’ll get these technical difficulties straightened out.

A Derby winner at the Travers anyway?

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Just because Big Brown is passing up Saturday’s Travers Stakes doesn’t mean that TV viewers won’t get to see a Kentucky Derby winner on TV.

Travers contender Tale of Ekati might be ponied by, at one time or another, 2003 Kentucky Derby winner Funny Cide.

Yes, as a 3-year-old, Tale of Ekati was born the same spring that Funny came to fame.

Funny Cide, a gelding, didn’t have a second career as a breeding stallion ahead of him. So, his trainer Barclay Tagg gave him a second career as one of his stable ponies.

So, if you spot footage of Tale of Ekati with a chestnut pony, that pony could very well be Funny Cide. And, better yet, the ESPN announcers might tell us if it is. Coverage begins at 4:30 pm EDT.

As I said before, this August is a big month for coverage of equestrian competitions.

Championship Horse Shows on the Web

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The Olympics may be winding down, but August is still a great month for equestrian competitions. Two major American show horse championships are in full swing this week with live pay-per-view webcasts.

But horse show fans without broadband and/or on a budget won’t be left out. Each event offers updates that don’t involve video stream downloads.

On the Saddlebred scene, the World Championship Horse Show, live from the Kentucky State Fair in Louisville, is under way now and runs through Saturday, Aug. 23, when champions are crowned.

But, if you want to get some updates but the idea of a video stream gives you a headache, you can catch up by checking in on the American Saddlebred Horse Association for photos.

Also underway live is the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration in Shelbyville, Tennessee. The Celebration’s website has a link to the pay-per-view but also offers results for the videoless.

However, if you can watch video yet you don’t feel like forking over the dough for the Celebration pay-per-view, you can watch daily updates on What A Horse , a cable channel and Internet show about the Tennessee Walking Horse. Usually a paid subscription forum, What A Horse will offer free views of its Celebration updates.

As the horse show center ring announcers often say, “This is your gate call. It’s horse show time.”