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Wednesday, March 22nd, 2023
SIX WEEKS TO THE “RUN FOR THE ROSES!” – KEY KENTUCKY DERBY PREP RACE, LOUISIANA DERBY, LIVE THIS SATURDAY AT 6 P.M. ET ON CNBC AND PEACOCK
Hour-Long Coverage Also Features Kentucky Derby Prep Jeff Ruby Steaks (G3) From Turfway Park and Kentucky Oaks Prep Fair Grounds Oaks (G2)
Hall of Famer and Two-Time Louisiana Derby Winner Jerry Bailey and Randy Moss Join Host Ahmed Fareed to Anchor Coverage
Louisiana Derby Marks First of Three Consecutive Saturday Afternoons with Kentucky Derby Prep Races Across NBC, CNBC and Peacock
STAMFORD, Conn. – March 22, 2023 – NBC Sports presents live coverage of the $1 million Louisiana Derby (G2), a key prep race ahead of the 149th Kentucky Derby, this Saturday, March 25, live at 6 p.m. ET on CNBC and Peacock from Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans, La. The hour-long program will also feature the $700,000 Jeff Ruby Steaks (G3) from Turfway Park in Florence, Ky., and the $400,000 Fair Grounds Oaks (G2) from Fair Grounds Race Course.
Two-time graded stakes winner Instant Coffee is the morning-line favorite in the Louisiana Derby and currently sits ninth in the Road to the Kentucky Derby standings. 2022 Iroquois Stakes (G3) winner Curly Jack and Sun Thunder are also expected to be contenders in the 1 3/16-mile race.
Six weeks ahead of the running of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 6, the Louisiana Derby and Jeff Ruby Steaks will both award a total of 200 Kentucky Derby qualification points, with 100 going to the winners of each race. The Fair Grounds Oaks will also award 200 Kentucky Oaks qualification points with the winner of the race earning 100 points.
Ahmed Fareed hosts Saturday’s coverage alongside analysts Jerry Bailey, the Hall of Fame jockey who has twice won the Louisiana Derby, and Randy Moss.
The Louisiana Derby begins three consecutive Saturday afternoons with Kentucky Derby prep races coverage across NBC, CNBC and Peacock, continuing with the Florida Derby (G1) on April 1, and the Blue Grass Stakes (G1) and Santa Anita Derby (G1) on April 8.
NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app will stream live coverage to desktops, mobile, tablets, and connected TVs via authentication, 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.
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