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Interactive Race Wagering in North America - The Racing Network

22 March 2000

Happy anniversary to one of the top interactive racing operations in North America. The Racing Network (TRN) debuted its information website last year to US and Canadian audiences, with one simple aim: to provide the most complete and up-to-date racing information possible.

TRN is unique in that it's strictly an information service that doesn't handle customers wagers or transmit them to other betting sources. Instead, the company pulls signals from the racetracks and decodes it at TRN's Network Control Center atop the Philadelphia Park grandstand, providing 24-hour coverage of up to 2500 races each week.

Information is available through satellite service only, and is used extensively by horse and greyhound owners, trainers, breeders and others involved in the industry. At the same time, serious punters have access to invaluable betting information, while placing wagers with an unrelated betting agency.

IGN has pulled together information about The Racing Network, highlighting their products offerings and more:

System:Satellite dish
Cost: $14.95 per month for TRN stand alone satellite system.
$24.95 per month as part of the DISH satellite network.

Benefits: 24 hour real-time coverage featuring 60-plus horse tracks from the U.S., Canada, Australia and the U.K. and 18 greyhound tracks.
Six channels of live video and betting information for US subscribers.
Two channels of live video and betting information for Canadian subscribers (through Bell Express Vu).
Each channel shows up to 4 full race cards in rotating fashion, with odds and track information integrated into the signal, including live odds, exotic pools and pay-outs posted from each racetrack, and live track announcer.
Comprehensive news and analysis
Ownership: Greenwood Racing Inc.
Ladbroke Racing Corp. (a division of Hilton Group Plc)
Ontario Jockey Club
International Investment and Underwriting Ltd.
Company Profile:

As an information-only service with nearly 10,000 subscribers, TRN is focused on two primary audiences - serious horseplayers and racing fans, and owners, breeders, trainers and others involved in the racing industry.

"We want to be the CNBC for the racing industry," explained Matthew Feig, director of marketing and sales. The company is celebrating its first anniversary this month.

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Vicky Nolan
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