NBC to Present Record Derby Coverage

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NBC Sports Group will presents 15.5 live hours of Kentucky Derby coverage, a record for the event, beginning Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. ET on NBCSN, and culminating with coverage of the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby starting at 4:00 ET.

Coverage begins on Saturday at Noon ET on NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) before moving to NBC at 4:00.

Following are highlights of NBC Sports Group’s Kentucky Derby week coverage, which includes 7.5 hours on Derby Day:

  • Live coverage of 19 races on Thursday, Friday and Saturday – every race in NBC/NBCSN telecast windows:
  • Four live races on Thursday, April 30 at 4:00 p.m. ET on NBCSN
  • Seven live races on Friday, May 1 at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN
  • Eight live races during NBCSN (Noon ET) and NBC’s Derby Day (4:00 p.m. ET) coverage
  • Live coverage of the Kentucky Derby Draw on Wednesday, April 29, at 5:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
  • The most comprehensive coverage plan in Kentucky Derby history with more than 50 cameras, including a camera suspended 80 feet high on the giant Churchill Downs video board, an 80-foot crane on Turn 1, a 4K main play-by-play camera, a robotic camera in the paddock saddling area, and a 4K super-slow-motion reverse finish-line camera;

Bob Costas presents an essay on Kentucky Derby longshots;

Eddie Olczyk, NBC Sports Group’s lead NHL analyst, joins the Kentucky Derby broadcast team for the first time;

Josh Elliott reports feature stories including a profile of 52-year-old jockey Gary Stevens, who makes a Derby comeback nine months after undergoing knee replacement surgery; and a look back at previous Kentucky Derby-winning horses including last year’s Triple Crown hopeful California Chrome;

Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski return as NBC Sports Group’s Derby fashion and lifestyle experts

COMMENTATORS: NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the Kentucky Derby features hosts Bob Costas, a 26-time Emmy Award-winner, and Tom Hammond, a veteran NBC Sports commentator; analysts Randy Moss and Jerry Bailey, the Hall of Fame jockey; analysts/handicappers Mike Battaglia and Eddie Olczyk; NBCSN host/NBC reporter Laffit Pincay, III; reporters Kenny Rice, Donna Brothers and Jay Privman; and race caller Larry Collmus.

After making their Kentucky Derby debuts last year, Josh Elliott and Carolyn Manno provide a mix of features and interviews at Churchill Downs, and Olympic figure skaters and NBC figure skating analysts Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski reprise their roles as fashion and lifestyle experts.

Edited NBC release