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Wednesday, March 29th, 2023
HORSE RACING’S 1/ST RACING TOUR CONTINUES WITH FLORIDA DERBY LIVE THIS SATURDAY AT 6 P.M. ET ON CNBC AND PEACOCK
Saturday Marks Five Weeks to the “Run for the Roses” on Saturday, May 6
Hall of Famer and Three-Time Florida Derby Winner Jerry Bailey and Randy Moss Join Host Ahmed Fareed to Anchor Coverage
Florida Derby Marks Second of Three Consecutive Saturday Afternoons with Kentucky Derby Prep Races Across NBC, CNBC and Peacock
STAMFORD, Conn. – March 29, 2023 – NBC Sports presents live coverage of the $1 million Florida Derby (G1), a key prep race ahead of the 149th Kentucky Derby, as part of the 1/ST RACING TOUR this Saturday, April 1, live at 6 p.m. ET on CNBC and Peacock from 1/ST’s Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla.
2023 Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) winner Forte, who currently sits fourth in the Road to the Kentucky Derby standings, is the ⅘ morning-line favorite in the 1 ⅛-mile Florida Derby and looks to capture his fourth Grade 1 stakes race.
The Florida Derby will award a total of 200 Kentucky Derby qualification points, with 100 going to the winner of the race.
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.
The Florida Derby marks the second of three consecutive Saturday afternoons with Kentucky Derby prep races coverage across NBC, CNBC and Peacock, continuing with the Blue Grass Stakes (G1) and Santa Anita Derby (G1) on April 8 at 4 p.m. ET on NBC and Peacock.
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.
NBC SPORTS AND HORSE RACING
NBC Sports is the exclusive home to the most important and prestigious events in horse racing, including the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Royal Ascot, and Pegasus World Cup Championship Invitational Series.
ABOUT THE STRONACH GROUP & 1/ST
The Stronach Group is a world-class technology, entertainment and real estate development company with Thoroughbred horse racing and pari-mutuel wagering at the core. The company’s consumer facing brand 1/ST (pronounced “First”) powers The Stronach Group’s forward-thinking 1/ST RACING & GAMING, 1/ST CONTENT, 1/ST TECHNOLOGY, 1/ST EXPERIENCE, and 1/ST PROPERTIES businesses, while advocating for and driving the 1/ST HORSE CARE mission. 1/ST represents The Stronach Group’s continued movement toward redefining Thoroughbred horse racing and the ecosystem that drives it. 1/ST RACING & GAMING drives the best-in-class horse racing operations and gaming offerings at the company’s premier racetracks and training centers including: Santa Anita Park, Golden Gate Fields and San Luis Rey Downs (California); Gulfstream Park – home of the Pegasus World Cup Championship Invitational Series, Gulfstream Park West and Palm Meadows Thoroughbred Training Center (Florida); the Maryland Jockey Club at Laurel Park, Pimlico Race Course – home of the legendary Preakness Stakes, Rosecroft Raceway and Bowie Training Center (Maryland). 1/ST CONTENT is operating group for 1/ST’s media and content companies including: Monarch Content Management, Elite, TSG Global Wagering Solutions (GWS) and XBTV. 1/ST TECHNOLOGY is horse racing’s largest racing and gaming technology company offering world-class products via its AmTote, Xpressbet, 1/ST BET, XB SELECT, XB NET, PariMAX and Betmix brands. 1/ST EXPERIENCE blends the worlds of sports, entertainment and hospitality through innovative content development, elevated national and local venue management and hospitality, strategic partnerships, sponsorships, and procurement development. 1/ST PROPERTIES is responsible for the development of the company’s live, work and play communities surrounding its racing venues including: The Village at Gulfstream Park (Florida) and Paddock Pointe (Maryland). As the advocate for critical industry reforms and by making meaningful investments into aftercare programs for retired horses and jockeys, 1/ST HORSE CARE represents The Stronach Group’s commitment to achieving the highest level of horse and rider care and safety standards in Thoroughbred horse racing on and off the track. For more information, please email email@example.com, visit www.1st.com or follow @1ST_racing on Twitter or @1stracing on Instagram and Facebook.