via press release:
NBCSN PRESENTS LIVE ELITE HORSE RACING COVERAGE THIS SATURDAY, APRIL 4, AT 5 P.M. ET WITH WOOD MEMORIAL, BLUE GRASS STAKES & SANTA ANITA DERBY
Races Available on NBC Sports Live Extra
STAMFORD, Conn. – April 1, 2015 – NBCSN presents live elite horse racing this Saturday, April 4, at 5 p.m. ET, with coverage of the Wood Memorial, Blue Grass Stakes and Santa Anita Derby. The winner of each race receives 170 points, enough to guarantee a spot in the gate for the Kentucky Derby, May 2 on NBC.
Undefeated 3-year-old Dortmund leads the field at Santa Anita. In the past three years, two horses, I’ll Have Another (2012) and California Chrome (2014), were victorious in the Santa Anita Derby before going on to win both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes.
Headed by grade I winner Daredevil, a field of 3-year-olds will race in the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct Racetrack. The field for the Blue Grass Stakes, a prestigious 1 1/8-mile race for top 3-year-olds at Keenland, is led by Carpe Diem.
COMMENTATORS: NBCSN’s coverage features host Tom Hammond, joined by Hall-of-Fame jockey Jerry Bailey, who has won each Triple Crown race twice; veteran horse racing analyst Randy Moss; and reporters Laffit Pincay III and Jay Privman.
NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA
NBC’s coverage of the Wood Memorial, Blue Grass Stakes and Santa Anita Derby will be streamed on NBC Sports Live Extra via “TV Everywhere,” giving consumers additional value to for their subscription service, and making high quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms. The NBC Sports Live Extra app is available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play and Windows Store.
NBC SPORTS GROUP AND HORSE RACING: NBC Sports Group is the exclusive home to the most important and prestigious events in horse racing, including the Triple Crown and the Breeders’ Cup. NBC has been the exclusive home of the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes since 2001, and the Belmont Stakes since 2011, when the NBC Sports Group reassembled the Triple Crown.
The 2014 Belmont Stakes on NBC, featuring California Chrome’s Triple Crown attempt, averaged 20.4 million viewers – the second-highest Belmont Stakes viewership on record, trailing only the 21.9 million viewers for NBC’s telecast of Smarty Jones’ Triple Crown attempt in 2004 (People Meter viewership dates to 1988). In addition, the 2014 Kentucky Derby marked the fourth time in six years (2009, 2010, 2013, 2014) that NBC’s Kentucky Derby coverage averaged more than 15 million viewers, and the 2014 Preakness Stakes registered a 6.0 household rating, ranking as the highest-rated Preakness Stakes since 2009.