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Tuesday, May 16th, 2017
KENTUCKY DERBY WINNER ALWAYS DREAMING AIMS FOR 2ND LEG OF TRIPLE CROWN IN THE 142nd PREAKNESS STAKES THIS SAT., MAY 20 AT 5 PM ET ON NBC
Always Dreaming Faces Kentucky Derby Runner-Up Lookin At Lee, Classic Empire, Gunnevera, Hence & “New Shooter” Cloud Computing, Among Others
Coverage from Pimlico Begins This Friday at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN & Continues Saturday at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN
STAMFORD, Conn. – May 16, 2017 – Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming leads the field as NBC Sports Group presents the 142nd running of the Preakness Stakes, the middle jewel of the Triple Crown, this Saturday, May 20 at 5 p.m. ET on NBC. Game 5 of the NHL Western Conference Final between the Nashville Predators and the Anaheim Ducks will air on NBC immediately following the Preakness Stakes.
Coverage from Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Md., begins this Friday at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN with the Black-Eyed Susan, and continues Saturday at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
Always Dreaming faces fellow Derby competitors Lookin At Lee, who finished second in the “Run for the Roses,” Classic Empire, Gunnevera, and Hence, as well as “new shooters” including Cloud Computing. With a win Saturday at the Preakness Stakes, Always Dreaming will head to the Belmont Stakes aiming to succeed 2015 Triple Crown champion American Pharoah. NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the Belmont Stakes begins Friday, June 9.
COMMENTATORS: NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the Preakness 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 Saturday’s coverage on NBCSN.
Saturday’s coverage will include a feature on Always Dreaming trainer Todd Pletcher and jockey John Velazquez. In addition, Bailey and Moss will tour the stables to speak with some of the Preakness contenders.
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.
|Fri., May 19||3 p.m.||Black Eyed Susan Stakes||NBCSN|
|Sat., May 20||2:30 p.m.||Preakness Prep||NBCSN|
|Sat., May 20||5 p.m.||Preakness Stakes||NBC|
PREAKNESS 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 isolation camera on Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming, an overhead camera, and Larry Collmus’ Preakness Stakes race call live as streamed by a camera in his booth at Pimlico. The feature debuted in NBC Sports Live Extra’s Kentucky Derby live stream this year.
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. The NBC Sports app is available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Windows Store, Roku Channel Store, Apple TV and Amazon Fire.
NBC Sports Live Extra’s Preakness Stakes coverage includes:
- Bonus analysis by NBC Sports commentators
- Replays and highlights from the Kentucky Derby and earlier prep races
PREAKNESS STAKES ALL ACCESS
Horse racing fans can access content from the Preakness at NBCSports.com/Preakness.
Fans can access the full horse racing TV schedule including all Triple Crown races, the Royal Ascot, and The Breeders’ Cup World Championships. Also available on the site are downloadable Preakness party tips, and a photo album showcasing the fashion and atmosphere around Pimlico.
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 will present the Epsom Derby and the Royal Ascot meet. 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. The 2017 Kentucky Derby posted a Total Audience Delivery (TAD) average of 16.5 million viewers across NBC and NBC Sports Digital platforms – marking the largest Kentucky Derby audience since 1989. Click here for more information.
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