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Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe 2012: Tentative Schedule & Post Times

There's one week to go before defending champ Danedream (GER) defends her title in the 2012 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. Will U.S. viewers be able to watch?

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The €4,000,000 ($5.1 million) 2012 Group 1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe will take place on Sunday, October 7th at Longchamp in Paris. The Arc, one of the most prestigious events in all of horse racing, will feature the brilliant race mare and defending champion, Danedream (GER), as well as Epsom Derby and 2,000 Guineas winner Camelot (GB) and Japanese Triple Crown winner Orfevre (JPN).

In the last several years, either TVG or HRTV has broadcast the Arc along with several of the under card races. This year there seems to be some uncertainty regarding US coverage with neither channel making a recent announcement regarding coverage. We'll see if anything gets worked out over the next week but the silence if deafening.

I've written about this before but it probably bears repeating: the lack of access to coverage of French racing is disappointing, especially when you take into account the number of high-quality races in France every year. And, from what I understand, a lot of the issue comes from the French side of the equation. Either way, it would be nice if racing fans in the US had the ability to watch the best racing from France, like we do from Australia, Japan, England and Ireland.

Below are the current high/low Arc betting, according to the Racing Post. This past weekend we saw a defection from this year's race: the Racing Post reported on Saturday that the top class mare Snow Fairy (IRE) will miss the Arc due to a minor injury. No word yet on whether she's done for the year.

Horse High Low
Danedream 9/2 4/1
Nathaniel 6/1 4/1
9/2 7/2
Camelot 5/1 7/2
Shareta 10/1 8/1
Masterstroke 12/1 10/1
St Nicholas Abbey 14/1 10/1
Meandre 20/1 10/1
Sea Moon 20/1 14/1
Imperial Monarch 25/1 16/1
Rulership 33/1 20/1
Galikova 40/1 20/1
Last Train 33/1 25/1
No Risk At All 40/1 25/1
Al Kazeem 50/1 25/1
Reliable Man 50/1 33/1
Kesampour 50/1 40/1

Below is the tentative race schedule and post times for Longchamp's 2012 Arc Festival on October 6th and 7th.

Day Post ET Race Age/Sex Dist. Purse (Euro)
6-Oct 6:25a Claiming Race 2yo 8.0 27,000
6-Oct 6:55a G2-Prix Chaudenay 3yo 15.0 200,000
6-Oct 7:30a G2-Prix Daniel Wildenstein 3up 8.0 200,000
6-Oct 8:00a G2-Prix Dollar 3up 9.5 200,000
6-Oct 8:30a G2-Prix de Royallieu 3up, f&m 12.5 250,000
6-Oct 9:08a Prix Racing & Equestrian Club 3yo 8.0 60,000
6-Oct 9:40a G1-Arabian Trophy des Juments 4yo, f 10.0 150,000
6-Oct 10:10a Prix Barzan 3yo 8.0 30,000
7-Oct 7:20a G1-Prix de Cadran Open 20.0 300,000
7-Oct 7:55a G1-Prix de l'Abbaye de Lonchamp Open 5.0 350,000
7-Oct 8:30a G1-Prix Marcel Bousac - Critterium des Pouliches 2yo, f 8.0 300,000
7-Oct 9:05a G1-Prix Jean-Luc Lagardre 2yo, c&f 7.0 350,000
7-Oct 9:40a G1-Prix de l'Opera 3up 10.0 400,000
7-Oct 10:25a G1-Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe 3up 12.0 4,000,000
7-Oct 11:10a G1-Arabian World Cup 4up 10.0 700,000
7-Oct 11:55a G1-Prix de la Foret 3up, f&m 7.0 300,000
7-Oct 12:25p Grand Handicap de Longchamp 3up 12.0 70,000