TSN Partners with Woodbine Entertainment Group to Become New Home of the Canadian Triple Crown

— June 6, 2014

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TORONTO (June 6, 2014) – TSN today announced a new multi-year deal with Woodbine Entertainment Group that will see Canada’s Sports Leader broadcast every race from the Canadian Triple Crown series: the QUEEN'S PLATE, PRINCE OF WALES STAKES, and BREEDERS' STAKES – marking the first time the network has carried all three of these events.

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, Vice-President 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 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.

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

 

About Woodbine Entertainment Group

WEG is the largest horse racing operator in Canada offering world class horse racing at both Woodbine (Toronto) and Mohawk (Milton) racetracks. WEG operates off-track wagering at its Champions teletheatre network throughout Ontario, which includes WEGZ Stadium Bar in Vaughan and Turf Lounge in the heart of Toronto’s financial district. Horse Player Interactive, Canada’s premier online and telephone wagering service, and HPItv, a digital broadcast channel dedicated to horse racing, are also operated by WEG.

 

About TSN

TSN is Canada's Sports Leader and #1 specialty network. With a broad portfolio of multimedia sports assets, TSN delivers world-class content across industry-leading platforms including TSN2, TSN.ca, TSN GO, and TSN Radio. Official broadcaster of the Grey Cup, IIHF World Junior Championship and FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015, TSN’s slate of live sports coverage includes NHL, CFL, NFL, NBA, MLS, Season of Champions Curling, UEFA Euro 2016, MLB, Barclays Premier League, Golf’s Majors, NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Canadian Tire Series, F1, Grand Slam Tennis, NCAA March Madness, and Skate Canada events. TSN is a division of Bell Media, which is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company.

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For More Information:

Woodbine Entertainment Group

John Siscos, (w) 416.675.3993 x2229, (c) 416.802.4842,  jss@woodbineentertainment.com

TSN

Greg McIsaac, (w) 416.384.5180, (c) 416.458.3591, greg.mcisaac@bellmedia.ca

Renee Rouse, (w) 416.384.7599, (c) 416.428.4807, renee.rouse@bellmedia.ca

Twitter: @TSN_PR, @WoodbineRacing