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Breeders' Cup 2017

HRTV Reaches Deal With Olivares Blacker

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. 


Olivares Blacker 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 Cup


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 broadcasts."


The daughter of jockey Frank Olivares, she graduated from the USC Annenberg School for Communications with a degree in broadcast journalism and entertainment communications. 


In 2006-12, 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.


Kurt 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, including: The Edge, Race Day America, and Against the Odds


In 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.



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Did turn up the sound and record the Fiesta Bowl when Idaho State rocked the smug Oklahoma team. Best college game I ever saw.
I make it a habit, starting years and years ago, that as soon as I watch a sports event, I mute the announcer. I have been in wonderous bliss now for years...that is when Durkin's cup, so is the sound. I will take your word for it as I would not listen to them anyway.
You should watch them, tv. Here are a few; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPXfWpmMb1o&playnext=1&list=PL14C107BCCE963B5D&feature=results_main
I have ALWAYS held and will forever, that any GOOD inside information, stays just in that sequestered location or it is worthless. Documentaries are another thing I would like to see. Just about the only cinema that teaches one anything these days.
tv, from reading your posts I get the impression you may like HRTV better. To me, their "Inside Information" documentaries are must see television.
I have never seen HRtv but I\'ll tell you that TRV is without a doubt, the worst coverage of horse racing I EVER watched. PLEASE, the crowd watching is far more sophisticated than the talking heads out there. One thing NONE of these analysts do, is ever evaluate the interactions, repeat INTERACTIONS of the racing styles in a contest but constantly talk about them separately. If they ran that way it would be nice for them, but they don't.
Woodbine has a double camera crew: one for the stewards view and a separate system for their own tv coverage....BIG BUCKS but I don't see them running to HD although it has been discussed.
Do you have any idea what upgrading to HD cameras would cost the provider? Each tower can now is over 18-20,000 and that is just the straight digital ones. Usually the racing organization "farms out" the video production to a sub-contractor and then they bill the racing organization monthy......You are talking some big bucks that many a race course cannot do right now
Cocoa, by announce I meant being the person at he desk that hosts live racing, which she does on weekdays and Sundays. SHe interviews jockeys, owners and trainers and is pretty good at handicapping, better than most of the other TVG guys. Simon Bray is really good at evaluating horse when he sees them live trackside before the race.
I do not really pay attention to most of those announcers (excluding Jon White and Kurt Hoover). They are horrible 'cappers. I really wish they would make a deal and upgrade their telecast to HD- picture is older than grandmas cookies.
She doesn't even announce, she just meets with the jockeys. Simon bray is the best they have, assistant with Cecil and Mott
That's too bad for TVG, she is the only good announcer they have
The reason that HRTV cannot get on Direct TV is because TVG owns a piece of Direct TV. From what I have read, since the BetFair takeover of TVG, that may not be a stumbling block anymore
Didn't like her on TVG. HRTV has no competition.
There's no doubt HRTV has better on-air talent. They just need to beef up their presentation package, get on Direct TV & they'll smoke the competition.
This is an awesome re(hire). Christina does well with her pre-race paddock analysis as well as post-race interviews.

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