07/31/2012 7:24PM

Hambletonian: CBS Sports Network to broadcast Hambo, Oaks and Nat Ray

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Dave Brower is the lead analyst on the CBS broadcast.

CBS Sports Network will present a 90-minute high-definition live broadcast of the $1.5 million Hambletonian, $714,050 Hambletonian Oaks and $250,000 Nat Ray on Saturday, Aug. 4 beginning at 3:30 p.m. (EDT).

The award winning team will be lead by executive producer Joel Feld and director Bruce Treut. The coverage of racing’s biggest day will be hosted by Gary Seibel with analyst Dave Brower, horseback reporter Donna Barton-Brothers and Justin Horowitz reporting from the paddock and backstretch.

The 2012 edition of the Hambletonian will mark Seibel's 20th consecutive year as either host or co-host of harness racing’s most prestigious event, including a 13-year run on CBS and a 5-year stint with NBC.  For more than a decade, he hosted network TV coverage of the Breeders Crown, harness racing’s divisional championship series, and filled a similar role for the American Championship Harness Series back in the late 1990’s.  Seibel also has covered racing for ESPN, SportsChannel and Prime Network.

[HAMBLETONIAN: Watch race previews, see Saturday's full card LIVE]

Dave Brower has worked in just about every aspect of the sport over the last 33 years. A 1991 journalism graduate of St. John's University, Brower has groomed and trained horses, operated the race teletimer, been a public relations intern, morning line oddsmaker and track handicapper for the Meadowlands Racetrack for 16 years from 1996 to 2011.

In addition to hosting numerous on-air television and radio shows, Brower also wrote “Harnessing Winners: The Complete Guide to Handicapping Harness Races,” which was published by Daily Racing Form’s press division in 2009.

Having won 1,171 races in her career as a jockey, there may be no one more comfortable on the back of a horse than Donna Barton-Brothers. In 2000, Brothers began working for NBC Sports as their on-track reporter and racing analyst and has been the featured horseback reporter for the NBC coverage of the Hambletonian for the past five years. 

Providing analysis and pre-race insight from the paddock is Justin Horowitz.  A “racetracker” since his teenage years. Horowitz attended the prestigious Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and earned a degree in Broadcast Journalism.

Horowitz  has worked as a sports and news reporter at KAWB-TV in Brainerd, Minnesota and  was an award-winning weekend sports anchor at WBNG-TV, the CBS affiliate, in Binghamton, NY. In 2010, Horowitz sought a return to racing and was hired by Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs to manage the tracks’ social media. He also shoots, writes, edits and hosts “Inside Harness Racing” airing weekly on Time Warner Cable Sports throughout Upstate New York. For his work on the show, Justin was honored with a Hervey Award honorable mention.

Feld began his career at ABC Sports in 1978 and produced four Olympics, earned eight Emmy Awards and covered national and international events from “ABC’s Monday Night Football” to the Tour de France. He played a role in the start-up of FOX Sports in 1994. Most recently, he served as executive vice president of programming and executive producer of NESN, which was the highest-rated regional sports network in the United States from 2004 to 2009.
Director Bruce Treut is a veteran in sports TV, with credits at USA Network that included the US and French Open Tennis Championships, as well as NBA, Boxing, and NHL. In 1989 Treut moved to ABC Sports, and directed Horse Racing, including the 1992 Hambletonian for Wide World of Sports. He’s worked extensively on Track and Field, College Basketball, College Football, Boxing, Tennis, the Australian Open/French Open/Wimbledon tennis events, and Soccer. Treut currently directs the LA Marathon for KTLA and has received 12 Emmy nominations for his work.

Meadowlands announcer Ken Warkentin will provide his racing expertise and race call.

The Hambletonian was broadcast live on CBS from 1993-2006. CBS Sports Network (formerly known as CBS College Sports Network) is the 24-hour sports cable network of CBS Sports.

Available in 99 million homes nationally with 45 million subscribers, CBS Sports Network is available on cable, satellite, and video provider systems including Comcast, Time Warner Cable, DirecTV, Dish Network, Cablevision, Verizon FIOS, and more. Check sports tiers, as well as the digital basic package. To find CBS Sports Network on your cable system: http://www.cbssportsnetwork.com.

CBS Sports Network is also available on these cable systems in Canada. In Ontario on Cogeco, Bell ExpressVu, Rogers, Sasktel, Source and Vianet. In Quebec on BellAliant and in British Columbia on Logan Lake and Eastlink.

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