FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, June 6th, 2017
THE BELMONT STAKES, THE FINAL JEWEL OF THE TRIPLE CROWN, FEATURING CLASSIC EMPIRE AIRS THIS SAT., JUNE 10, AT 5 PM ET ON NBC
Coverage from Belmont Park Begins This Friday, June 9, at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN
NBCSN to Host Coverage of Belmont Prep Saturday at 3 p.m. ET
NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app to Live Stream the Belmont Stakes
STAMFORD, Conn. – June 6, 2017 – Classic Empire headlines the field for the 149th Belmont Stakes this Saturday, June 10, at 5 p.m. ET on NBC. Coverage from Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y., begins Friday, June 9, at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN. In addition, NBCSN will present the Belmont Prep on Saturday at 3 p.m. ET.
The Belmont Stakes is referred to as the “Test of the Champion” for its 1.5-mile distance, longest of the three Triple Crown races. Highlights of NBC Sports Group’s Belmont coverage include:
- A feature on Epicharis, making his U.S. debut in the Belmont Stakes. He won his first four races in Japan before finishing second in the UAE Derby in Dubai in March;
- A look at Classic Empire, still considered by many to be the top three-year-old in the country, despite defeats in both the Kentucky Derby (fourth) and Preakness (second);
- A feature on Patch, the one-eyed horse that was a fan favorite in the Kentucky Derby, now returning in the Belmont.
COMMENTATORS: NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the Belmont Stakes features hosts Bob Costas, a 28-time Emmy Award winner, and Mike Tirico; analysts Randy Moss and Jerry Bailey, the Hall of Fame jockey and two-time Preakness Stakes winner; analysts/handicappers Bob Neumeier and Eddie Olczyk; reporters Donna Brothers, Carolyn Manno, Laffit Pincay, III and Kenny Rice; and race caller Larry Collmus. Krista Voda will host coverage on NBCSN.
The coordinating producer of NBC’s horse racing coverage is Rob Hyland, who has been a part of the network’s horse racing coverage since 2001. The Preakness Stakes is directed by Sunday Night Football and NBC Sports’ horse racing director, Drew Esocoff. The coverage on NBCSN is produced by Billy Matthews and directed by Kaare Numme. The executive producer of NBC Sports and NBCSN is Sam Flood, who has produced 14 Triple Crown races for the network.
Following is a full schedule of NBC Sports Group’s Belmont Stakes programming:
THE BELMONT STAKES (all times ET)
|Fri., June 9||5 p.m.||Belmont Access||NBCSN|
|Sat., June 10||3 p.m.||Belmont Prep||NBCSN|
|Sat., June 10||5 p.m.||Belmont Stakes||NBC|
BELMONT STAKES COVERAGE ON NBCSPORTS.COM & THE NBC SPORTS APP
The NBC Sports app — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs — will offer a mosaic of four different camera angles, including the NBC broadcast, an overhead camera, and two different isolation cameras.
NBC and NBCSN coverage will be streamed on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app via “TV Everywhere,” giving consumers additional value to for their subscription service, and making high quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms. Powered by Playmaker Media, the NBC Sports app is available on Apple iOS, Android and select Samsung devices, as well as on Amazon Fire, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Win10, and Xbox.
The NBC Sports app’s Belmont Stakes coverage includes:
- Bonus analysis by NBC Sports commentators
- Replays and highlights from the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and earlier prep races
BELMONT STAKES ALL ACCESS
Horse racing fans can access content from the Belmont Stakes at NBCSports.com/Belmont. Fans can access the full horse racing TV schedule including all Triple Crown races, Royal Ascot, and the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. Also available on the site are downloadable Belmont party tips, and a photo album showcasing the fashion and atmosphere around the park.
NBC SPORTS GROUP AND HORSE RACING: 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. Also in 2017, NBC Sports Group televised the world’s richest horse race (the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational) and the $10 million Dubai World Cup, and in June presented the Epsom Derby, and will present the Royal Ascot meet from June 20-24. NBC has been the exclusive home of the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes since 2001, and the Belmont Stakes since 2011, when NBC Sports Group reassembled the Triple Crown.
–NBC SPORTS GROUP–