via press release:

Coverage From Churchill Downs Begins Wednesday and Continues All Week on NBC and NBC Sports Network



Bob Costas and Tom Hammond Host Kentucky Derby Coverage



Kentucky Derby Extra Provides Live Streaming on with Additional Camera Angles and Live Commentary



Gary Stevens and Randy Moss Both Like Union Rags



NBC Sports Group Presents 27½ Total Hours of Horse Racing’s Triple Crown Over Next 5 Weeks



NEW YORK – April 30, 2012 – The NBC Sports Group will present 14½ hours of Kentucky Derby coverage beginning on Wednesday, May 2 at 4 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network and culminating with the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby on NBC, Saturday, May 5 beginning at 4 p.m. ET.


The expanded Kentucky Derby coverage, which includes 8.5 hours on Derby Day on NBC and NBC Sports Network, will include:



Live coverage of the Kentucky Derby Draw on NBC Sports Network, which will determine the post positions;

11½ total hours on NBC Sports Network, which was re-branded from VERSUS earlier this year;

Three hours of “Derby Classics” (Barbaro, Mine That Bird, Animal Kingdom) to air on NBC Sports Network.


COMENTATORS: The NBC Sports Group coverage of the Kentucky Derby will feature co-hosts Bob Costas, a 22-time Emmy Award-winner, and veteran NBC Sports commentator Tom Hammond; three-time Kentucky Derby winner Gary Stevens; contributing analysts/handicappers Mike Battaglia and Bob Neumeier; analyst Randy Moss; host Laffit Pincay, III; reporters Kenny Rice, Donna Brothers and Jay Privman; race caller Larry Collmus. Also, TODAY’s Jenna Wolfe will contribute features and Catt Sadler of NBCUniversal’s E! will talk Kentucky Derby fashions and handle celebrity interviews.


Additionally, Hall-of Fame jockey and two-time Kentucky Derby-winner Jerry Bailey will join NBC Sports Network’s commentary team on Derby Day. Bailey, who also won twice in the Preakness and twice in the Belmont, won the Kentucky Derby in 1993 (Sea Hero) and 1996 (Grindstone).



The coverage on NBC will be produced by Rob Hyland, a veteran of the network’s horse racing coverage since 2001, and directed by Sunday Night Football and NBC Sports’ horse racing director, Drew Esocoff. The coverage on NBC Sports Network is produced by Billy Matthews and Rich O’Connor and directed by Patrick McManus. The executive producer of NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network is Sam Flood, who has produced 11 Triple Crown races for the network.





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2. Creative Cause

3. Gemologist

4. Hansen

5. Bodemeister


27½ HOURS OF TRIPLE CROWN COVERAGE: The NBC Sports Group will present 27½ hours of Triple Crown coverage this season from Churchill Downs, Pimlico and Belmont, including “classics” from the Preakness and Belmont, live racing from all three tracks prior to the three Triple Crown races, and post-race coverage of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont on NBC Sports Network. This marks the second straight year that all three Triple Crown races will air on NBC.











Wed. May 2

4 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Derby Classics – Barbaro

NBC Sports Network


5 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Kentucky Derby Draw

NBC Sports Network


Thur. May 3

4 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Derby Classics – Mine that Bird

NBC Sports Network


5 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Live from Churchill Downs

NBC Sports Network


Fri. May 4

4 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Derby Classics – Animal Kingdom

NBC Sports Network


5 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Kentucky Oaks

NBC Sports Network


Sat. May 5

11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Kentucky Derby Saturday

NBC Sports Network


4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Kentucky Derby 138



7 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Kentucky Derby Post-Race Show

NBC Sports Network





Fri. May 18

3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Preakness Classics

NBC Sports Network


4 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Black Eyed Susan Stakes

NBC Sports Network


Sat. May 19

2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Preakness Stakes Saturday

NBC Sports Network


4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Preakness Stakes



6:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Preakness Post-Race Show

NBC Sports Network





Fri. June 8

4 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Belmont Classics

NBC Sports Network


5 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Live from Belmont

NBC Sports Network


Sat. June 9

3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Belmont Stakes Saturday

NBC Sports Network


5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Belmont Stakes



7 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Belmont Post-Race Show

NBC Sports Network









Taking a page from Sunday Night Football Extra and Super Bowl Extra, Kentucky Derby Extra is the online connection to coverage of the Kentucky Derby. Available at with live streaming of the NBC broadcast of the Kentucky Derby, other features of Kentucky Derby Extra include:



Four online-only camera angles that showcase the activity happening across Churchill Downs on Derby day;



Online-only analysis by NBC and NBC Sports Network commentators;



Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey will answer fans’ questions and offer analysis throughout the broadcast;



Replays and footage from all the key Road to the Kentucky Derby prep races;



A video simulation of how this year’s Kentucky Derby might play out.




DERBY ALL-ACCESS: NBC Sports will implement its All-Access social media strategy for Kentucky Derby week on both NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network. A dedicated social media producer will be on-site for behind the scenes content including Breaking News, photos and video from Churchill Downs.


Twitter: Viewers and tweeters alike will be encouraged to join the conversation by using the hashtag #DERBYonNBC. Reminders will appear on screen throughout all of NBC’s Kentucky Derby week coverage.



On-air integration of live tweets from celebrities, horse-racing experts and @NBCSN will be featured on screen throughout the broadcasts to keep viewers up to date with what’s happening and trending on Twitter;



For the ultimate horse racing fan, @NBCSN will live tweet the Kentucky Derby Draw Show on Wednesday and provide interactive trivia and “Did You Know” tweets during the Derby Classics shows Wednesday through Friday.


Facebook: Fans will have the chance to join the Derby party at Churchill Downs, by submitting their photos of their Derby parties and Derby hats no matter where they are, to the NBC Sports Facebook page where a selection of the fan images will be shown on-air. (Submit photos at



Everyone at home can pick their winner with the “Choose the Winning Horse” Facebook poll on The nation’s votes will be tallied and shown on-air during the Kentucky Derby broadcast.



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