Jockey Club, NBC Sports Announce Coverage of 2013 ROAD TO THE KENTUCKY DERBY
Tim Bryant, president, Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots: "The Louisiana Derby has become more important than ever in the last three years since we raised the purse to $1 million and shifted the date to serve as a final Kentucky Derby prep. This year, we celebrate the race's 100thrunning with a new Infield Festival to complement the richest day of Thoroughbred racing ever run in Louisiana. We look forward to sharing our version of Southern hospitality with a national television audience."
Rodnell Workman, vice president and chief marketing officer, New York Racing Association: "NYRA is once again thrilled to be a part of the NBC Sports Group's Road to the Kentucky Derby series. Nationally televising the 2013 renewal of Aqueduct's Wood Memorial, and all of these important prep races, is great exposure for racing and we're looking forward to working with the NBC Sports Group on this year's broadcast."
Bill Thomason, president and chief executive officer, Keeneland Association: "Keeneland is very excited to showcase the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes to a national television audience. We applaud The Jockey Club's strategic initiative to create exposure for racing and give fans the opportunity to become familiar with its stars."
Charles J. Cella, president, Oaklawn Park: "We appreciate The Jockey Club and the NBC Sports Group offering us a platform to showcase the $1 million Arkansas Derby to a national audience. This race has had a significant impact on the Triple Crown over the years with so many great horses, such as Sunny's Halo, Pine Bluff, SmarTy Jones and Curlin, and we're excited to see who emerges this year."
ABOUT NBC SPORTS GROUP
NBC SPORTS GROUP AND HORSE RACING: The NBC Sports Group is the exclusive home to the most important and prestigious events in horse racing, including the Triple Crown and the Breeders' Cup, which was broadcast on NBC from 1984-2005. NBC has been the exclusive home of the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes since 2001, and the Belmont Stakes since 2011, when the NBC Sports Group reassembled the Triple Crown. In 2012, the NBC Sports Group presented 27½ hours of Triple Crown coverage across NBC and NBC Sports Network.
NBC Sports Group is the home to Summer at Saratoga, and, in collaboration with The Jockey Club, the Road to the Kentucky Derby series that provides live coverage of six major prep races for the 2013 Kentucky Derby.
ABOUT THE JOCKEY CLUB
THE JOCKEY CLUB: The Jockey Club, founded in 1894 and dedicated to the improvement of Thoroughbred racing and breeding, is the breed registry for North American Thoroughbreds. In fulfillment of its mission, The Jockey Club provides support and leadership on a wide range of important industry initiatives and it serves the information and technology needs of owners, breeders, media, fans and farms, among others. Additional information is available at jockeyclub.com.