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NBC Sports Group plans 15 1/2 hours of Kentucky Derby coverage

NBC Sports Group will present a record 15 1/2 hours of Kentucky Derby coverage starting Wednesday with a look back at 2013 Derby winner Orb at 4 p.m. on NBCSN That will be followed by the Derby draw at 5 p.m., also on NBCSN.

NBCSN will televise the Kentucky Oaks at 3 p.m. May 1. The next day, NBCSN starts Kentucky Derby day coverage with the undercard at noon. NBC begins its Derby coverage at 4 p.m.

Bob Costas and Tom Hammond will co-host the Derby. Also on the broadcast are analysts Randy Moss and Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey; analysts/handicappers Mike Battaglia and Bob Neumeier; NBCSN host/NBC reporter Laffit Pincay, III; reporters Kenny Rice, Donna Brothers, and Jay Privman, and race caller Larry Collmus. Josh Elliott makes his NBC Sports Group debut on May 2. Also making their debuts are Carolyn Manno, Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski.

NBC Sports Group will have 30 1/2 hours of Triple Crown coverage. Here is the breakdown.

Date Time Event Network
Wed., April 30 4 p.m. Kentucky Derby Classics: 2013 Winner Orb NBCSN
5 p.m. Kentucky Derby Draw NBCSN
Thurs., May 1 4 p.m. Kentucky Derby Classics: 2012 Winner I’ll Have Another NBCSN
5 p.m. Kentucky Derby Access NBCSN
Fri., May 2 2 p.m. Kentucky Derby Classics NBCSN
3 p.m. Kentucky Oaks NBCSN
Sat., May 3 12 p.m. Kentucky Derby Saturday NBCSN
4 p.m. Kentucky Derby NBC
7 p.m. Kentucky Derby Post-Race Show NBCSN

Date Time Event Network
Fri., May 16 3 p.m. Preakness Classics NBCSN
4 p.m. Black Eyed Susan Stakes NBCSN
Sat., May 17 1 p.m. Preakness Saturday NBCSN
4:30 p.m. Preakness Stakes NBC
6:30 p.m. Preakness Post-Race Show NBCSN

Date Time Event Network
Fri., June 6 4 p.m. Belmont Stakes Classics NBCSN
5 p.m. Belmont Stakes Access NBCSN
Sat., June 7 2:30 p.m. Belmont Stakes Saturday NBCSN
4:30 p.m. Belmont Stakes NBC
7 p.m. Belmont Stakes Post-Race Show NBCSN

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