Bill Hartack on TV from Pimlico next Saturday: Rider Will Give Color Comments during Dixie Handicap Telecast, Daily Racing Form, 1958-05-05


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Bill Hartack on TV From Pimlico Next Saturday Rider Will Give Color Comments During Dixie Handicap Telecast CHURCHILL DOWNS. Louisville, Ky.. May 3.— Lou Pondfield* vice-president and executive director of Pimlico, announced today that jockey Bill Hartack will air color comments during the telecast of next Saturdays 57th running of the 5,000 Dixie Handicap at a mile and threerSix-teenths over the turf course. The telecast will be heard between 5 p. m. and 5:30 p. m. over the Columbia Broadcasting Systems eastern regional network as part of the "Race of the Week" series. Hartack will be working with Fred Capo-sella, who will call the running,- and Chris Shenckle, who will also be reporting some of the color sidelights of the race. Hartack fractured his left leg here on opening day, causing him to miss the Kentucky Derby, in which he was to pilot Calumets Tim Tam. He has long expressed a desire to do television commenting after-his retirement from riding arid was delighted with this opportunity when broached by Pondfield. CBS eastern regional network includes outlets in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, D. C, Baltimore and 15 other stations. In addition, if the afternoons baseball game is concluded in time, the entire network will pick up the show. Pimlico officials hope to have Preakness candidates gallop before the crowd between the sixth race and the Dixie on Saturday afternoon, and Hartack will also comment on the background of these colts, from a background obtained when he covers the Kentucky Derby here Saturday for Daily Racing Form. Hartack once recreated a television pres-. entation of the 1956 Derby over NBC and professionals complimented him upon the articulate and pertinent manner in which he handled this chore.

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