With the 2020 GI Kentucky Derby moved from its customary date on the first Saturday in May to the first Saturday in September, Horse Racing Radio Network will produce a special one-hour broadcast showcasing 20 of the greatest Kentucky Derby winners in history competing in a 1 1/4-mile Fantasy Derby. The broadcast, presented by Claiborne Farm, will air from 5 – 6 p.m. ET May 2. Listeners can tune-in on Sirius 219/XM 201 along with select HRRN terrestrial affiliates. Live streaming will also be provided on the network’s website.
The 20 horse Fantasy Derby field and order of finish was determined by a voting process asking listeners and industry professionals to select their top Kentucky Derby winners. The full field of legendary Derby winners includes nine of the 13 Triple Crown winners along with a host of other memorable Derby victors. A listing of all 20 horses set to compete in HRRN’s Fantasy Derby can be found here.
HRRN president Mike Penna will anchor the coverage along with analyst Kurt Becker and reporters Tom Leach, Bobby Neuman, Anthony Stabile and Dan Mason. NBC announcer Larry Collmus will provide the call of the Fantasy Derby.
“As racing fans our hearts and minds are always at Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May,” said Penna. “Since we won’t be on-site to broadcast the Kentucky Derby on this day, our team thought it would be fun to offer this special piece of programming to help listeners minds escape the everyday concerns over COVID-19 and attempt to answer the age old question of who would win if all of the greats were to compete against each other in one Fantasy Derby.”
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