FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, April 6th, 2023
SANTA ANITA DERBY AND BLUE GRASS STAKES LIVE THIS SATURDAY AT 4 P.M. ET ON NBC AND PEACOCK
Saturday Marks Four Weeks to the “Run for the Roses” on Saturday, May 6
Hall of Fame Jockey Jerry Bailey, Randy Moss, Steve Kornacki, Britney Eurton and Kenny Rice to Join Host Ahmed Fareed During Two-Hour Program
STAMFORD, Conn. – April 6, 2023 – NBC Sports presents live coverage of the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby (G1) and the $1 million Blue Grass Stakes (G1) this Saturday, April 8, live at 4 p.m. ET on NBC and Peacock from 1/ST’s Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., and Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Ky. The Santa Anita Derby, which is part of the 1/ST RACING TOUR, and Blue Grass Stakes are both key prep races leading into the 149th Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 6.
National Treasure, who finished third in the 2022 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1), and 2023 San Felipe Stakes (G2) winner Practical Move are expected to be contenders in the 1 ⅛-mile Santa Anita Derby. 2023 Tampa Bay Derby (G3) winner Tapit Trice and 2023 Gotham Stakes (G3) winner Raise Cain are expected to lead the 11-horse field in the 1 ⅛-mile Blue Grass Stakes.
The Santa Anita Derby and Blue Grass Stakes will both award a total of 200 Kentucky Derby qualification points, with 100 going to the winners of each race.
The Shakertown (G2) from Keeneland Race Course will also be presented live Saturday on NBC and Peacock.
Ahmed Fareed hosts Saturday’s coverage alongside analysts Jerry Bailey, the Hall of Fame jockey who won each Triple Crown race twice, and Randy Moss, and insights analyst Steve Kornacki, who will be at his Big Board to analyze the Kentucky Derby points standings as qualifying for the “Run for the Roses” enters its final month. Reporters Britney Eurton and Kenny Rice will be on-site at Santa Anita and Keeneland, respectively.
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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