Live coverage of the Road to the Kentucky Derby, a series of major prep races for the 2012 Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands, continues with the Florida Derby this Saturday.
The broadcast will be at 5-6:00 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network. The Road to the Kentucky Derby is a collaboration of The Jockey Club and the NBC Sports Group.
In addition to the Florida Derby, which was has produced 21 Kentucky Derby winners, NBC Sports Network will present the Gulfstream Oaks, a race for fillies that is an important prep race for the Kentucky Oaks.
Tom Hammond will host NBC Sports Network’s coverage this Saturday from Gulfstream Park. He will be joined by analysts Gary Stevens and Randy Moss; and reporters Bob Neumeier, Kenny Rice and Christina Oliveras. Larry Collmus, NBC’s Triple Crown race-caller will call both races on Saturday.
In addition to the two graded stakes races, coverage will include a feature on trainer Todd Pletcher and the unique relationship he shares with his father, J.J. Pletcher. Todd saddles El Padrino in the Florida Derby, has won four straight Eclipse Awards and trained 2010 Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver.