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NBC Sports Features Two Breeders' Cup Challenge Races Saturday

The $1 million GII Kentucky Turf Cup S. and $1 million GII FanDuel Turf Sprint S. headline NBC Sports' Breeders' Cup Challenge Series coverage this Saturday at Kentucky Downs, live on CNBC at 5:00 p.m. ET. Coverage will be led by host Ahmed Fareed, analyst and handicapper Matt Bernier, and reporter Nick Luck. The hour-long telecast is the sixth program this year in the "Breeders' Cup Challenge Series: Win and You're In--presented by America's Best Racing" on NBC, Peacock, and CNBC from some of North America's most iconic racetracks. The...

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NBC Derby Broadcast Averages 16 Million Viewers, Most Watched Derby Since 2019

NBC Sports' presentation of the 148th GI Kentucky Derby averaged a Total Audience Delivery (TAD) of 16.0 million viewers--marking the eighth consecutive year that the event topped the 15-million mark, excluding pandemic-impacted events. It was the most watched Derby since 2019, with viewership peaking at 19 million from 7-7:15 p.m. ET, shortly after Rich Strike (Keen Ice) crossed the wire first at 80-1, marking the largest Kentucky Derby peak audience since 2017, ahead of the 18.5 million for the controversial 2019 disqualification of Maximum Security. The TV-only average audience of...

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NBC Sports Names Lindsay Schanzer Senior Producer of Derby Coverage

Five-time Sports Emmy winner Lindsay Schanzer has been named senior producer of the Kentucky Derby coverage for NBC Sports. She will oversee all horse racing production and has previously produced Preakness, Belmont, Breeders' Cup, and Royal Ascot coverage for NBC Sports. The 148th GI Kentucky Derby will be presented live on NBC and Peacock on Saturday, May 7, at 2:30 p.m. ET. "Lindsay has excelled in every role she has worked at NBC Sports, and we are excited to have her lead the presentation of the Kentucky Derby and our...

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Randy Moss Joins Bettor Things With Joe Bianca

In the second episode of his handicapping-focused podcast Bettor Things With Joe Bianca, the host welcomed popular NBC Sports horse racing television analyst Randy Moss, where the two shared a drink and engaged in an expansive, free-flowing discussion on all things racing, sports and betting. Recently returned from China where he covered the 2022 Winter Olympics for NBC, Moss talked about his upbringing in Hot Springs where he'd sneak into Oaklawn Park, his work in creating the revolutionary Moss Pace Figures, how he ended up covering football for NFL Network,...

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Breeders' Cup Tickets Go On Sale May 9

Tickets for the 2022 Breeders' Cup World Championships will go on sale to the public Monday, May 9, at noon ET at BreedersCup.com/2022, Breeders' Cup announced Monday. The best horses from around the world are set to return to historic Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Ky. Nov. 4 and 5 for the 39th annual running of the year-end championship meet. This year will mark the third time the World Championships have been held in the Horse Capital of the World following the event's first running at Keeneland in 2015 and...

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Sportscaster Bob Neumeier Passes Away

Bob Neumeier, whose career as a sportscaster included a long stint with NBC's horse racing team, died Saturday. He was 70. In 2014, Neumeier, known as "Neumy," suffered a stroke and had battled health ailments ever since. Boston radio host Tony Massarotti reported that Neumeier died from heart disease/congestive heart failure. A graduate of Syracuse University, Neumeier broke into broadcasting 1975 as the radio play-by-play man for the Hartford Whalers. In 1981, he was hired by WBZ-TV in Boston, where his duties included working as the weekend sports anchor. He...

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NBC Sports to Provide Royal Ascot Coverage

NBC Sports will provide live coverage of this week's Royal Ascot meeting, beginning Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. Daily telecasts of the full five-day Royal Meeting will air on NBCSN through Friday and conclude Saturday on NBC (9 a.m. ET) and CNBC (11 a.m. ET). In total, NBC Sports will present nearly 25 hours of coverage over the five days. This week's Royal Ascot meeting includes four "Breeders' Cup Challenge Series--Win and You're In" races: Tuesday's G1 Queen Anne S., Wednesday's G1 Prince of Wales's S., Thursday's G1 Norfolk S., and...

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NBC Draws 14.5M Viewers for Kentucky Derby

NBC Sports' presentation of the 147th Kentucky Derby averaged a Total Audience Delivery (TAD) of 14.5 million viewers as the "Run for the Roses" returned to its traditional first Saturday in May date. It represented a 54% increase from last year's event (9.4 million Sept. 5), according to official national data provided by Nielsen and digital data from Adobe Analytics. Viewership peaked at 15.7 million viewers from 6:45-7 p.m. ET on NBC as Medina Spirit gave Bob Baffert his record seventh victory. The TV-only average audience of 14.4 million viewers...

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Derby Day 147 Is Here!

LOUISVILLE, KY - Beautiful spring weather, enthusiastic racing fans dressed to impress and the GI Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May. This, of course, wasn't the case last year, far from it, as the COVID-19 pandemic turned the world upside down and forced both the GI Kentucky Oaks and Derby to be held spectator-free over Labor Day weekend. Masks, temperature checks and social distancing are more of the norm these days as limited crowds of between 40,000-50,000 (40-50% reserved seating, 60% premium dining areas and...

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Kornacki To Join NBC Derby Coverage

Steve Kornacki, who has gained a cult following as the national political correspondent for MSNBC, will join NBC Sports' coverage of Saturday's GI Kentucky Derby beginning at 2:30 p.m. ET. Kornacki, who has been praised for his ability to explain the complicated election process, will apply his analytical perspective in segments entitled "Meet the Contenders." He will also offer insights on notable betting trends. Kornacki also contributed to NBC's Football Night in America programming over the winter, where he broke down the oft-confusing NFL playoff scenarios. "After successfully tackling FNIA,...

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NBC Sports to Present the May 1 Kentucky Derby

With one month to the running of the GI Kentucky Derby, NBC Sports presents live coverage of the GII Wood Memorial, GII Blue Grass S. and GI Santa Anita Derby Saturday at 5:30 p.m. ET. This weekend's "triplecast" continues NBC Sports' "Road to the Kentucky Derby" coverage on four consecutive Saturday afternoons, which also includes next weekend's GI Arkansas Derby. NBC Sports will present the 147th Kentucky Derby Saturday, May 1 at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC. Saturday's live coverage begins from Aqueduct Racetrack with the Wood Memorial, which has...

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Fair Grounds Announces Third Purse Increase

Fair Grounds announced a 10% across-the-board purse increase--the third of the New Orleans track's current meeting--Wednesday. The purse increase goes into effect for the final 13 days of the meet, beginning with the Mar. 11 card. "Our handle has continued to be strong and we are pleased to be able to raise purses for the third time this meet," Fair Grounds' racing secretary Scott Jones said. "We'd once again like to thank the owners, trainers and fans who have been supporting our day-to-day racing product. $60,000 for a maiden special...

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