HRTV (R), The Network for Horse Sports, is pleased to announce that it has
reached an agreement with Christina Olivares Blacker to join the network,
beginning on December 26, the Opening Day of the Santa Anita meeting.
Additionally, HRTV has
also reached a deal with Kurt Hoover, making the longtime horseracing TV
personality, a full-time member of the
network's outstanding announcing team, which is also effective on December
26. While Hoover
has been involved with HRTV since its inception, his contributions
have been limited to the live Santa Anita meetings.
rejoins HRTV, where her career in horseracing began in 2004 when, as
a senior in college, she served as a weekend reporter and features
producer. During her initial stint at HRTV, she played an
integral role in the network's development and was a driving force behind some
of the strongest programming brands, including the shows, Target Louisville
and Pursuit of the
A versatile on-air
presence, she is expected to fill a variety of roles with HRTV, including
reporter, host, and analyst.
"I'm thrilled to
be rejoining the stellar team at HRTV," Olivares Blacker said.
"I look forward to working with them and contributing to the
The daughter of jockey
Frank Olivares, she graduated from the USC Annenberg
School for Communications
with a degree in broadcast journalism and entertainment communications.
she moved to TVG as a full-time on-camera reporter. In her
six years at the network, Olivares Blacker parlayed that position in to a
variety of roles, expanding her familiarity with racing connections throughout
the country. In March, 2012, Olivares Blacker stepped on to the network
stage with NBC Sports serving as a reporter for the Florida Derby broadcast. She married Thoroughbred trainer Dan Blacker in July, 2012.
The couple resides near Santa Anita Park, the home base for HRTV.
Hoover has been with HRTV since 2002, and remains one of the sport's most
respected voices in Southern California.
He has filled a myriad of roles with HRTV, serving as host, analyst, and
reporter for its live racing coverage, and will continue in that
capacity. The full-time role at HRTV's Arcadia, CA
studio, solidifies his roots. Hoover
began his broadcasting career at Santa Anita Park in 1986 where he was a key
member of the Eclipse Award-winning Santa Anita Park broadcast team.
Additionally, Hoover has contributed to a host of original HRTV shows,
Edge, Race Day America,
and Against the
addition to his decade-long work with HRTV -- where he contributed to a host of
original shows, including The Edge, Race Day America, and Against The Odds
-- Hoover also worked with ESPN from 2003-05, where he covered the Triple
Crown and other key races.