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TVG to offer wagering on Churchill meet

Churchill Downs Incorporated announced Thursday that TV station and online betting outlet TVG will offer wagering on the Kentucky Derby and the Kentucky Oaks. The deal, which is through TrackNet Media, extends through Oct. 31, 2009, and covers the complete 2009 Spring Meet at Churchill Downs, the complete 2009 racing meet at Arlington Park, and the 2009 meet at Calder Race Course through Oct. 31.

Churchill Downs already has advanced-deposit-wagering agreements with TwinSpires.com, Youbet, Inc., and XpressBet. TwinSpires.com is owned by CDI.

Further details of the agreements were not disclosed. Wagering will be available on TVG effective Friday, May 1, 2009.

Hollywood cancels card

Hollywood Park has canceled its race program because there aren't enough horses. Track officials say it's a one-time cancellation because Thursday's eight-race card could not be filled. Typically, a minimum of six horses per race is needed to fill the card, but the track couldn't get that amount.

Hollywood Park spokesman Mike Mooney says six races were filled.

The decision comes days after Del Mar, north of San Diego, reduced its racing week to five days for the first time since 1945. Officials there cited economic reasons. Del Mar had been operating on a six-day race format. Hollywood Park will have simulcast wagering only Thursday.

Aegean wins Juvenile

Aegean beat Jealous Again by 1¼ lengths Thursday to give trainer Wesley Ward a 1-2 finish in the Kentucky Juvenile Stakes at Churchill Downs.

Jealous Again, the 2-1 favorite, set the pace with Aegean and jockey Rene Douglas right behind. Aegean wore down her stablemate over the 5-furlong race to remain unbeaten in two starts. The time for the first major 2-year-old stakes of the season was 58.24 on the fast track.

Aegean earned $67,795 for Steven Michael Bell, paying $20.80, $8.20 and $5. Jealous Again returned $4.20 and $3.20. Mission Impazible, one of only four colts in the nine-horse field, paid $2.80 to show.

Western Smoke was fourth in the $113,900 race, followed by Gator Prowl, Kinsolving, Heavenville, Kitty in the Bag and Seattle Court.

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