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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Randy Moss Joins the TDN Writers' Room

NBC racing analyst Randy Moss joins this week's TDN Writers' Room to give his Kentucky Derby picks and talk on the future of horseplayer data.

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'Win and You're In' Television Schedule Announced

The 2021 "Breeders' Cup Challenge Series: Win and You're In--presented by America's Best Racing" television schedule, consisting of 12 live programs featuring more than 20 automatic qualifying races and other major stakes from six of the nation's premier racetracks on the road to the Breeders' Cup World Championships, was announced by the Breeders' Cup and NBC Sports Wednesday. Now in its eighth year on NBC Sports, the series showcases the top horses as they vie for a coveted automatic berth, and free entry, into the 2021 Breeders' Cup World Championships,...

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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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NBC Racing, Hockey Analyst Eddie Olczyk Joins Writers' Room

It's busy season for NBC's Eddie Olczyk. One of the few analysts on national television to dabble in multiple sports, the popular former hockey star is gearing up to broadcast the GI Kentucky Derby as well as the NHL playoffs this spring, and he joined the TDN Writers' Room podcast presented by Keeneland Tuesday afternoon to discuss it all. Calling in via Zoom as the Green Group Guest of the Week, Olczyk talked about his handicapping strategies, what horses he's eyeing for the first Saturday in May, his ordeal with...

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No Spectators At Preakness 145

The Stronach Group and the Maryland Jockey Club announced that Oct. 3 GI Preakness S. at Pimlico will proceed without fans in attendance. The 145th Preakness will air live on NBC from 4:30-6:00 p.m. ET. The Preakness, like the other two Triple Crown races, are a Breeders' Cup 'Win and You're In' events for the GI Breeders' Cup Classic in November. "The Stronach Group and the Maryland Jockey Club have been working closely in consultation with local and state health and governmental authorities for the past several months to thoughtfully...

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Royal Ascot to Be Shown in Over 120 Countries

Royal Ascot, which will feature 36 races for the first time as the coronavirus results in a spectatorless meeting, will reach over 120 countries via television broadcasts, Ascot Racecourse announced on Monday. ITV1 in the UK will display the iconic, five-day meeting, while the royal meeting will also be available in America, Australia, the Middle East, India, the Caribbean and Europe. ITV will cover 30 races on their main channel. Sky Sports Racing, reaching 14 million homes in the UK and Ireland, will broadcast all 36 races, and the Royal...

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American Pharoah's Belmont Headlines NBC Sports Special

With the GI Belmont S. postponed until June 20, NBC Sports presents a special show on NBC at 4 p.m., Saturday, June 6--the original date for the race--headlined by American Pharoah's historic victory in the 2015 Belmont. The two-hour special is entitled "Finally the One: American Pharoah's Run to the Triple Crown." NBCSN also presents TVG Trackside Live at 6 p.m., headlined by live coverage of the $400,000 GI Santa Anita Derby. TVG host and NBC Sports reporter Britney Eurton will provide commentary during the event. Live coverage will be...

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Report: Preakness Stakes to be Held in October

The 145th GI Preakness S. could be held Oct. 3, per a report by NBC affiliate WBAL TV. "The TV time is booked, and the 145th Preakness S. will be held Oct. 3 on NBC," the report read. The GI Kentucky Derby has been rescheduled for Sept. 5, while a date for the GI Belmont S. has yet to be announced. The Preakness S., originally scheduled for May 16, was postponed by the Maryland governor amid the coronavirus outbreak in March. It was also announced last month that the Preakness...

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American Pharoah Special to Air on NBC Saturday

With the GI Kentucky Derby postponed until September, NBC will present a special show Saturday--the traditional "first Saturday in May"--headlined by American Pharoah's Kentucky Derby win five years ago. The show begins at 3 p.m. ET. The three-hour The First Saturday In May: American Pharoah's Run to the Triple Crown will look back at American Pharoah's down-to-the-wire victory in the 141st Kentucky Derby, while introducing new stories and content. In addition, the broadcast will highlight Churchill Downs' first-ever virtual horse race--The Kentucky Derby: Triple Crown Showdown, a computer-simulated version of...

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