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Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019
FROM THE MANCHESTER DERBY TO…THE KENTUCKY DERBY, NBC SPORTS’ REBECCA LOWE MAKES HER HORSE RACING DEBUT AT CHURCHILL DOWNS NEXT WEEK
Lowe Hosts Manchester Derby Tomorrow, With Premier League Live Coverage Beginning at 2 p.m. ET on NBCSN
Lowe’s Debut as Co-Host on Kentucky Derby & Kentucky Oaks Coverage to Feature Interview with Hall of Fame Trainer Bob Baffert & Cooking Segment with Bobby Flay
STAMFORD, Conn. – April 23, 2019 – NBC Sports’ Premier League host Rebecca Lowe will work two of the sports world’s most famous Derbies in an 11-day stretch, it was announced today. First, she hosts tomorrow’s Manchester Derby as second-place Manchester City visit sixth-place Manchester United (live coverage kicks off at 2 p.m. ET with Premier League Live on NBCSN). Then it’s on to Churchill Downs in Louisville, for her first ever Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 4, live at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC.
Lowe, who will serve as co-host for the Kentucky Derby as well as NBCSN’s coverage of the Kentucky Oaks on Friday, May 3, will handle a variety of subjects on the telecasts from Churchill Downs. Among her assignments are an interview with Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, who won two Triple Crowns in the past four years with Justify (2018) and American Pharoah (2015), as well as a cooking segment with celebrity chef and longtime horse racing fan Bobby Flay, who will be on-site to create the perfect southern-themed dish for a Kentucky Derby party.
“The Kentucky Derby is a rarity…two minutes of intense and unpredictable drama that unites us all; it’s sport at its absolute best,” said Lowe. “So, to be a part of such an event with such a talented NBC Sports team is incredibly exciting. Add to that the sheer size and spectacle of the day, it will be a privilege to witness one of America’s greatest annual moments.”
“As a versatile member of the NBC Sports team, we welcome Rebecca to our Derby and Oaks Day shows, where she will offer the unique perspective of a long-time sports presenter, but a first-time attendee,” said Rob Hyland, Coordinating Producer for NBC Sports Group’s Triple Crown horse racing coverage.
Lowe, who served as a host for NBC Olympics’ coverage of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, the 2016 Rio Olympics, and the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, will also anchor a Premier League halftime from Churchill Downs for the Friday, May 3 match between Everton and Burnley (3 p.m. ET kickoff on NBCSN). Live Kentucky Oaks coverage on NBCSN will wrap around the Premier League match that day, with shows from Noon-3 p.m. ET and 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. ET.
Lowe will return to NBC Sports’ Premier League studio for live coverage of all 10 Championship Sunday matches on Sunday, May 12. Premier League Mornings Live kicks off on NBCSN at 9 a.m. ET on May 12, followed by live simultaneous coverage of all 10 matches at 10 a.m. ET on the networks of NBCUniversal, NBC Sports.com, and the NBC Sports app.
NBC SPORTS AND HORSE RACING: NBC Sports is the exclusive home to the most important and prestigious events in horse racing, including the Triple Crown, the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Royal Ascot, and Pegasus World Cup Invitational Series. 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.