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Nov 18, 2011

2012 Kentucky Derby preps to be shown on NBC


New York, NY (Sports Network) - Six important races leading to the 2012 Kentucky Derby will be broadcast by NBC Sports. Next year's Run for the Roses will shown by NBC on Saturday, May 6.

NBC Sports, which includes NBC, CNBC and the NBC Sports Group, will begin the series on March 24 with the Spiral Stakes, won this year by Animal Kingdom prior to taking the Kentucky Derby, from Turfway Park and continue the next week with the Florida Derby from Gulfstream Park. These two races will be shown on the NBC Sports Group, formerly VERSUS.

"Turfway Park has served as the final tuneup for a number of Kentucky Derby hopefuls," noted Bob Elliston, President and CEO, Turfway Park, "and as we all know, last year's winner of the Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes, Animal Kingdom, went on to win the Run for the Roses a few weeks later. Televising these races benefits not only the host tracks but the entire racing industry."

On April 7 the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct and the Santa Anita Derby at Santa Anita Park will both be televised on NBC.

"The Wood Memorial has a long, rich history as a key prep race for the Kentucky Derby and we are elated that a national television audience will be able to enjoy the 2012 edition on NBC," said Charles Hayward, President and CEO, NYRA.

The last two prep races to be shown on CNBC on April 14 will be the Blue Grass Stakes from Keeneland Race Course and the Arkansas Derby from Oaklawn Park.

"These races are important steppingstones to the Kentucky Derby," said Jon Miller, President, Programming, NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network. "And this programming further demonstrates the NBC Sports Group's commitment to the sport of thoroughbred racing, which already includes long-term deals for the Triple Crown races as well as with Saratoga and Keeneland."

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