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Contact: Joe Kristufek
Horsin' Around TV Fails to Garner Proper Funding; Will Not Air in 2006
Due to a shortage of local industry funding, Horsin' Around TV will not return to the Comcast SportsNet airwaves in 2006.
The horseracing magazine show fashioned by DAK Productions, Inc. debuted with a 14-week run on Fox Sports Net Chicago in August 2003. The program expanded to 35 weeks (mid March through mid November) on the same station in 2004, and following the lead of the Cubs, White Sox, Bulls and Blackhawks, transferred to Comcast SportsNet for a similar run in 2005.
Typically a half-hour show, Horsin' Around TV included weekend previews of local and national races, feature stories, and educational segments. The program expanded to an hour on specific Saturdays to cover events such as the Arlington Million, the Illinois Derby and Super Night.
"I had every intention of expanding the show to a full hour format for all 35 weeks this year, and was moving full speed ahead with those plans, but unfortunately it didn't work out," said the show's founder, producer and host Joe Kristufek. "Local horse racing is losing more and more visibility, and if the industry isn't careful, the game is going to slowly fade from public consciousness."
"I feel sorry for the fans," Kristufek continued. "We built a solid following during the course of our 86 broadcasts, and I think the viewers really appreciated what I was trying to accomplish with the show. Illinois racing is in a transition period, and hopefully this is just a hiatus, and not the finish line. My love for the game remains strong, and I will continue to share that excitement through various outlets."
With the end of Horsin' Around TV comes the elimination of www.dakracing.com, a full service website dedicated to Illinois horse racing. The site attracted an average of 6,000 unique users and 1,800 regular users each month.
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