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Arcadia, CA, Dec. 10 -- 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.

About HRTV
HRTV, The Network for Horse Sports, is a television-based multimedia network dedicated to equine sports. HRTV’s programming features horseracing from top U.S. and international racetracks, as well as a wide range of world-class
English and Western horse competitions, news, original programming and award-winning documentaries covering the world of horse sports. The live stream of HRTV is available on a subscription basis to high-speed Internet users
worldwide at
<> . In the U.S., the HRTV television network is available via telco, cable and satellite in over 19 million homes.


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