via press release:
NBC SPORTS GROUP AND THE JOCKEY CLUB KICK OFF “ROAD TO THE KENTUCKY DERBY” SERIES WITH SPECIAL PREVIEW SHOW
New York, N.Y. – March 21, 2013 – The Jockey Club, in collaboration with the NBC Sports Group, will kick off the Road to Kentucky Derby series with a 30-minute special previewing the Triple Crown season on Saturday, March 23, on the NBC Sports Network from 6 – 6:30 p.m. EDT.
The NBC Sports Network Channel Finder is located at nbcsports.msnbc.com.
The special, produced by America’s Best Racing, will provide a comprehensive look at the top contenders for the 2013 Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands, as well as features on jockeys Gary Stevens and Rosie Napravnik, and the six recent college graduates who are now serving as “brand ambassadors” for America’s Best Racing.
The live racing telecasts commence on Saturday, March 30, with the Besilu Florida Derby from Gulfstream Park and the Louisiana Derby from Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots on NBC Sports Network from 6 – 7 p.m. EDT.
The Wood Memorial from Aqueduct Racetrack and the Santa Anita Derby from Santa Anita Park will air on NBC Sports Network on Saturday, April 6, from 6 – 7:30 p.m. EDT.
The series will conclude on Saturday, April 13, with two and half hours of continuous coverage spread across two networks. A 90-minute live broadcast on NBC featuring the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes from Keeneland Race Course will be followed by a one-hour broadcast on the NBC Sports Network featuring the Arkansas Derby. The NBC telecast will air from 4:30 – 6 p.m. EDT; the NBC Sports Network telecast will air from 6 – 7 p.m. EDT.
All six races fall into the highest tier on Churchill Downs’ new points system to determine starters for the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 4, on NBC. The points system features 36 stakes races overall and 17 marquee events for 3-year-old Thoroughbreds that comprise a 10-week run up to the first Saturday in May.
America’s Best Racing, initiated and funded by The Jockey Club and promoted in association with NTRA Communications, is a multimedia fan development platform designed to increase the profile and visibility of North America’s best Thoroughbred racing events, with a primary focus on the sport’s lifestyle and competition. Additional information is available at followhorseracing.com.
The brand ambassadors are traveling around the country in an “ABRV” bus, promoting Thoroughbred racing’s lifestyle scene and premier events. The tour kicked off at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas, March 8-17.
–ABOUT THE JOCKEY CLUB–
THE JOCKEY CLUB: The Jockey Club, founded in 1894 and dedicated to the improvement of Thoroughbred racing and breeding, is the breed registry for North American Thoroughbreds. In fulfillment of its mission, The Jockey Club provides support and leadership on a wide range of important industry initiatives and it serves the information and technology needs of owners, breeders, media, fans and farms, among others. Additional information is available at jockeyclub.com.