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Olivares Blacker moves to HRTV

HRTV announced Monday 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 horse racing 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 into 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.  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, California, 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.

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.

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