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Wednesday, March 17th, 2021
NBC SPORTS BEGINS “ROAD TO THE KENTUCKY DERBY” COVERAGE WITH THE LOUISIANA DERBY LIVE THIS SAT., MARCH 20 AT 6 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
NBC Sports Presents the 147th Kentucky Derby on Sat., May 1 at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC
Hall of Famer Jerry Bailey and Randy Moss Join Britney Eurton
Louisiana Derby Marks First of Four Consecutive Saturday Afternoons with Kentucky Derby Prep Races
Saturday’s Coverage Includes Interview with Trainer Bob Baffert from his Barn in Santa Anita as he Prepares for Kentucky Derby
STAMFORD, Conn. – March 17, 2021 – With the Kentucky Derby less than 50 days away, NBCSN presents exclusive live coverage of the $1 million Louisiana Derby this Saturday, March 20 at 6 p.m. ET from Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Louisiana Derby kicks off NBC Sports’ “Road to the Kentucky Derby” coverage on four consecutive Saturday afternoons on NBCSN. NBC Sports will present the 147th Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 1 at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC.
Exactly six weeks ahead of the May 1 running of the Kentucky Derby, the Grade 2 Louisiana Derby marks the first prep race awarding Kentucky Derby qualifying points on a 100-40-20-10 scale for the top four finishers. John Velazquez, who rode 2020 Kentucky Derby winner Authentic, rides Proxy (7-2) in the eight-horse field.
Britney Eurton hosts Saturday’s coverage, alongside analysts Jerry Bailey, the Hall of Fame jockey who has twice won the Louisiana Derby, and Randy Moss.
Saturday’s coverage will include an interview with trainer Bob Baffert from his barn in Santa Anita as he prepares several top contenders for the Kentucky Derby. With a win in this year’s Derby, Baffert would earn his seventh career Kentucky Derby victory, breaking a tie with Ben Jones for the most ever by a trainer.
NBCSN will also present the Fair Grounds Oaks on Saturday, one of the major prep races on the “Road to the Kentucky Oaks.”
Coverage will be streamed live on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs.
Following is NBC Sports’ upcoming “Road to the Kentucky Derby” prep race schedule on NBCSN:
|Louisiana Derby||Sat., March 20||6 p.m.|
|Florida Derby||Sat., March 27||6 p.m.|
|Wood Memorial, Bluegrass Stakes, Santa Anita Derby||Sat., April 3||5:30 p.m.|
|Arkansas Derby||Sat., April 10||7 p.m.|
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, 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.