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Thursday, March 25th, 2021
NBC SPORTS’ “ROAD TO THE KENTUCKY DERBY” COVERAGE CONTINUES WITH THE FLORIDA DERBY LIVE THIS SAT., MARCH 27 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 Ahmed Fareed
Florida Derby Is Second of Four Consecutive Saturday Afternoons with Kentucky Derby Prep Races
STAMFORD, Conn. – March 25, 2021 – As the 147th Kentucky Derby approaches, NBCSN presents exclusive live coverage of the $750,000 Florida Derby this Saturday, March 27 at 6 p.m. ET from Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida. The Florida Derby continues NBC Sports’ “Road to the Kentucky Derby” coverage on four consecutive Saturday afternoons. NBC Sports will present the 147th Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 1 at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC.
Five weeks ahead of the May 1 running of the Kentucky Derby, the Grade 1 Florida Derby awards Kentucky Derby qualifying points on a 100-40-20-10 scale for the top four finishers. 15 Florida Derby winners have gone on to win the Kentucky Derby, more than any other prep race. Spielberg (4-1), who is trained by Bob Baffert, is second choice in the 11-horse field. With a win in this year’s Kentucky Derby, Baffert would earn his seventh career Derby victory, breaking a tie with Ben Jones for the most ever by a trainer. 2020 Belmont Stakes and Travers Stakes winner Tiz the Law placed first in last year’s Florida Derby.
Ahmed Fareed hosts Saturday’s coverage, alongside analysts Jerry Bailey, the Hall of Fame jockey who has won the Florida Derby three times, and Randy Moss.
NBCSN will also present highlights of Saturday’s “Road to the Kentucky Oaks” race, the Gulfstream Park Oaks, as well as 100-point Derby prep races the UAE Derby from Dubai and the Jeff Ruby Steaks from Turfway Park.
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:
|Florida Derby||Sat., March 27||6 p.m.|
|Wood Memorial, Blue Grass 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.