Wednesday, June 2nd, 2021


Coverage from Belmont Park Begins This Friday at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN & Continues Saturday at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Saturday’s Coverage Includes Features on Rombauer Jockey John Velazquez and Trainer Michael McCarthy

NBC Sports Presents Two “Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series – Win and You’re In” Races on Saturday

Game 4 of Boston Bruins-New York Islanders NHL Stanley Cup Playoff Series Follows Belmont Stakes at 7:15 p.m. ET on NBC

STAMFORD, Conn. – June 2, 2021 – NBC Sports’ Triple Crown horse racing concludes this weekend with live coverage of the 153rd Belmont Stakes this Saturday, June 5 at 5 p.m. ET on NBC featuring Preakness winner Rombauer (3-1) and 2-1 morning line favorite Essential Quality.

Game 4 of the Second Round of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs between the New York Islanders and the Boston Bruins will air on NBC immediately following the Belmont Stakes. The Islanders will host the Bruins at Nassau Coliseum, which is less than eight miles away from Belmont Park.

The Belmont Stakes is referred to as the “Test of the Champion” for its 1.5-mile distance, the longest of the three Triple Crown races. Essential Quality is one of five horses who competed in the Kentucky Derby that will run in Saturday’s Belmont Stakes: Hot Rod Charlie (7-2), Known Agenda (6-1), Bourbonic (15-1) and Rock Your World (9-2).

Coverage from Belmont Park begins this Friday, June 4, at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN and continues Saturday at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN with two “Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series – Win and You’re In” races. Over the two days, NBC Sports will cover seven races live.

Highlights of NBC Sports’ Belmont Stakes coverage include:

    • Seven live races on Friday and Saturday (two in the NBC Belmont Stakes show)
    • A feature on Rombauer jockey John Velazquez, who won this year’s Kentucky Derby atop Medina Spirit and has won two career Belmont Stakes (2007, 2012)
    • A feature on Rombauer trainer Michael McCarthy, who won his first career Triple Crown race at this year’s Preakness Stakes
    • On Saturday, NBC Sports presents two races in the “Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series – Win and You’re In,” including the Hill ‘N’ Dale Metropolitan Handicap and the Ogden Phipps Handicap.


COMMENTATORS:  NBC Sports’ coverage of the Belmont Stakes features host Mike Tirico; analysts Randy Moss and Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey, a two-time Belmont Stakes winner; insights analyst Steve Kornacki, who correctly picked Media Spirit as this year’s Kentucky Derby winner; host/reporter Ahmed Fareed; reporters Donna Brothers, Britney Eurton, Laffit Pincay III, and Kenny Rice; and race caller Larry Collmus. Reporter/handicapper Eddie Olczyk will join Friday’s coverage from Las Vegas, where he’s calling the Colorado Avalanche-Vegas Golden Knights Stanley Cup Playoff series.

The Belmont Stakes is produced by Lindsay Schanzer and is directed by Sunday Night Football and NBC Sports’ horse racing director Drew Esocoff. The coordinating producer of NBC’s horse racing coverage is Rob Hyland. Executive producer and president, production, NBC Sports and NBCSN is Sam Flood.

Date Time Event Network
Fri., June 4 5 p.m. Belmont Stakes Access NBCSN
Sat., June 5 3 p.m. Belmont Stakes Prep NBCSN
Sat., June 5 5 p.m. Belmont Stakes NBC


PREAKNESS STAKES COVERAGE ON NBCSPORTS.COM & THE NBC SPORTS APP and the NBC Sports app will stream live coverage to desktops, mobile, tablets, and connected TVs via “TV Everywhere,” giving consumers additional value to their subscription service, and making high-quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms. The full HD-quality video stream will come directly from NBC’s broadcasts. and the NBC Sports app are available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Windows Store, Roku Channel Store, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Samsung Smart TVs, Xbox, and Chromecast. NBC and the NBC Sports app will provide a full race replay of the Preakness Stakes.


In partnership with Horse Racing Radio Network (HRRN), NBC Sports Audio will present live Belmont Stakes coverage beginning Saturday, June 5 at 5 p.m. ET featuring host Mike Penna and analysts Kurt BeckerTom Leach, and Anthony Stabile. The broadcast will include a simulcast of the live race call by NBC Sports’ Larry Collmus. This is the seventh consecutive year HRRN and NBC Sports have teamed to produce radio coverage of the Triple Crown, which will be available throughout North America on NBC Sports Audio channel on SiriusXM channel 211 along with terrestrial affiliates throughout the United States.  Live streaming and a listing of affiliates can also be accessed via the HRRN website, HRRN is available on SiriusXM channels 209 and 201.

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.