via press release:
NBC SPORTS GROUP COVERAGE OF AUTUMN AT KEENELAND CONTINUES THIS WEEKEND ON NBC
NEW YORK – October 13, 2011 – The NBC Sports Group’s coverage of Autumn at Keeneland, live horse racing from Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Ky., continues on Saturday, 5-6 p.m. ET on NBC with the 28th running of the $400,000 Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup.
Three-year-old fillies will be in the spotlight Saturday afternoon as Keeneland presents the 28th running of the $400,000 Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at 1 1/8 miles on the grass. Headlining the field is the flashy, stretch-running gray Winter Memories and Together, who comes back just seven days after running second in last weekend’s Grade 1 First Lady. NBC will also broadcast the $125,000 Keeneland 75th Anniversary Stakes for 2-year-olds, a six-furlong race on the main track
COMMENTATORS: NBC’s coverage of Autumn at Keeneland is hosted by Tom Hammond alongside hall-of-fame jockey Gary Stevens. NBC Sports’ broadcast team also includes handicapper Mike Battaglia and reporters Kenny Rice and Donna Brothers.
Keeneland, which is a national historic landmark celebrating its 75th anniversary this fall, conducts world-class Thoroughbred racing every April and October, with the autumn meet kicking off with FallStars Weekend—a stellar lineup that includes nine graded stakes over three days.
Founded as a model racetrack in 1936, Keeneland also is the world’s largest Thoroughbred auction company. Fueled by the success of the sales, Keeneland has contributed more than $18 million back to the industry and community through the years.
NBC SPORTS AND HORSE RACING: The NBC Sports Group is the exclusive home to Horse Racing’s Triple Crown. This year marked the first time that all three races were broadcast on one network since NBC last aired the Triple Crown in 2005. NBC has been the exclusive home of the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes since 2001.
In addition to the Autumn at Keeneland series, the NBC Sports Group recently announced an agreement to extend its partnership with NYRA for two more years of Summer at Saratoga.
For 75 years, The Keeneland Association has devoted itself to the health and vibrancy of the Thoroughbred industry. As the world’s largest Thoroughbred auction company, Keeneland conducts sales every January, April, September and November. Its sales graduates dominate racing across the globe at every level. In April and October, Keeneland offers some of the highest caliber and richest Thoroughbred racing in the world. Uniquely structured, Keeneland is a private, for-profit corporation that returns its earnings back to the industry and the community in the form of higher purses, as well as millions of dollars in charitable contributions for education, research and health and human services throughout Central Kentucky.