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Friday, August 21, 2009


HRTV’s “Inside Information” Highlights a Mid-Atlantic Tradition, Benefit for Rene Douglas


Arcadia, CA, August 20 -- HorseRacing TV's (TM) (HRTV) newsmagazine show, "Inside Information," will highlight a longstanding tradition on the Mid-Atlantic shores, as well as a heartwarming fund-raiser for injured jockey Rene Douglas, on its next edition, which will air on Sunday, August 23 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.

Each summer, the wild ponies of Assateague Island are migrated to the island of Chincoteague, VA, swimming across a narrow stretch of sea, a unique sight in nature. For many years, the Chincoteague Fire Department has overseen the welfare of this rare herd during the annual pony swim, which generates much of the Fire Department's funds.


This poignant story was made famous in the classic children's book, "Misty of Chincoteague," and HRTV was there to witness it earlier this summer, spending a week alongside the world-famous "saltwater cowboys" of Chincoteague. "Inside Information" brings fans on a journey through the wild and into the hearts of a small town. From hundreds of seasoned riders, spending entire days rounding up wild horses on Assateague Island, to the faces of the little girls hoping to own their first pony at auction, this segment captures all the emotions.

"Everyone you see here, some of them come from North Carolina, (some) come from Chesapeake, Virginia, (and) they come from Delaware and Maryland," said Roe Terry, of the Chincoteague Fire Department. "A lot of them are honorary firemen, a lot of them are firemen in their own towns, but they all take their time off, they rent rooms, and they take vacation. You know, someone asked me awhile ago, what it means to me...when you see these people here and the time they take off, and the money they spend, to volunteer to help their community out. That's what means everything."

A native of Panama, Rene Douglas has won more than 3,000 races in a solid career, including a classic win with Editor's Note in the 1996 Belmont Stakes. He also notched a Breeders' Cup victory aboard Dreaming of Anna in the 2006 Juvenile Fillies. A high-quality rider on a number of major circuits, Douglas won numerous riding titles. The Chicago racing circuit, namely Arlington Park, has been dominated by Douglas in stretches, with six riding titles to his credit.

However, on May 23 at Arlington, Douglas was in a devastating spill when his mount, Born to Be, was bumped at the quarter pole. As a result, Douglas has been rendered paralyzed from the waist down. The Chicago racing community rallied to defray costs from mounting medical bills, by conducting a golf outing, which raised $130,000. The event was spearheaded by the wives of two jockeys -- Doreen Razo (Eddie Razo) and Allyson Campbell (Jesse Campbell).

(Previously-aired, archived episodes of "Inside Information" are also available via http://www.youtube.com.)



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