Jockey Mike Smith, left, is interviewed by TVG's Christina Blacker. TVG photo.

TVG Expands Collaboration With Jockeys Prat, Smith, Rispoli, and Pyfer

Edited Press Release

As TVG continues to invest into daily live television coverage of horse racing, the company announced July 19 that prominent members of the Southern California jockey colony are working with the network to enhance daily coverage of the sport. 

Hall of Fame rider Mike Smith, who has appeared in commercial endorsements for TVG in the past, along with Umberto Rispoli, Flavien Prat and Jessica Pyfer will contribute to TVG broadcasts, social media content and online presence.

In addition to periodically wearing cameras on their helmets during races, all the jockeys will make appearances as special guests on the network when their riding schedules allow to provide previews and analysis of upcoming races.  All will also contribute to news.tvg.com.

“We are so excited to welcome some of the brightest stars in the sport to the TVG team,” said Kevin Grigsby, Executive Producer and Senior Vice President of Television. “These riders will further enhance the fan experience through their unique perspectives and experiences both in and out of the saddle.”

In addition to Smith, Prat, Rispoli and Pyfer, TVG may expand its content collaboration with other riders in California and other major racing markets, Grigsby indicated. 

“I am excited for the chance to work with TVG as my riding schedule allows,” said Smith. “TVG is part of the fabric of our sport, the network has always been supportive of the riders, and I’m looking forward to being able to further connect with the fans.”

TVG’s Del Mar coverage this summer will also include Jockey Cams worn by Rispoli, Prat and Pyfer.

TVG has been a longstanding supporter of the Jockeys Guild PDJF and will again partner with the organization for the charity telethon later in the year.