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Sep 23, 2011

NBC to continue Saratoga coverage


Elmont, NY (Sports Network) - The New York Racing Association (NYRA) and NBC Sports have agreed to an extension of the network's coverage of summer racing at historic Saratoga Race Course. The new two year contract begins with the 2012 race meet.

"We are excited to extend our partnership with Charles Hayward and NYRA, one of our valued Triple Crown partners, to present Summer at Saratoga for two more years," said Jon Miller, President of Programming, NBC Sports and VERSUS. "Saratoga is one of the iconic venues in American sports, and we couldn't be happier with the multi-platform success we shared in the first year of this partnership."

NBC Sports' televised coverage of stakes races from Saratoga included four- year-old filly Havre de Grace defeating male thoroughbreds in the Woodward and Stay Thirsty moving to the head of the three-year-old division with victories in the Jim Dandy and Travers Stakes.

"The NBC Sports Group's landmark coverage of this summer's Saratoga meet was phenomenal," said NYRA President and CEO Charles Hayward. "NBC and VERSUS took everything that is special about Saratoga, from the incredible racing to the unparalleled fan experience to the storied history and beauty of the track and the town, and conveyed those elements to viewers across the country. We are very excited to extend this partnership for at least two more years and are already looking forward to the 2012 meet."

Also broadcast by NBC Sports was Tizway's dominating win of the Whitney and three-year-old filly Royal Delta capturing the Alabama. All of these horses will next start at Belmont Park on October 1.

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