FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, May 1st, 2023
RECORD 7.5 HOURS OF 149TH KENTUCKY DERBY COVERAGE ON NBC & PEACOCK THIS SATURDAY, MAY 6, BEGINNING AT NOON ET
Saturday’s Live Coverage to Feature Nine Races; NBC Sports to Present 15 Total Races Across Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks Day
Live Coverage from Churchill Downs Begins with Five Hours of Kentucky Oaks Day Races on Friday, May 5, at 1 p.m. ET on USA Network and Peacock
Telemundo Deportes to Present Coverage of the “Run for the Roses” for First Time on Universo
STAMFORD, Conn. – May 1, 2023 – NBC Sports presents 7.5 hours of the 149th Kentucky Derby on NBC and Peacock this Saturday, May 6, beginning at noon ET live from iconic Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., marking the most hours ever on broadcast for the event.
NBC Sports’ Derby day coverage features nine races across NBC and Peacock on Saturday. Live coverage from Churchill Downs begins with five hours of Kentucky Oaks day racing this Friday, May 5, beginning at 1 p.m. ET on USA Network and Peacock. Over the two days, NBC Sports will present 15 live races from Churchill Downs.
For the first time, Telemundo Deportes will present coverage of the Kentucky Derby, beginning Saturday at 6:30 p.m. ET on Universo, and streaming on TelemundoDeportes.com and the Telemundo app.
The 149th Kentucky Derby features likely morning-line favorite Forte, who has won six of seven career starts, including the Florida Derby (G1) in his last start in April, and finished as the Kentucky Derby qualifying points leader. Other contenders include 2023 Santa Anita Derby (G1) winner Practical Move, this year’s Arkansas Derby (G1) winner Angel of Empire, 2023 Blue Grass Stakes (G1) winner Tapit Trice, and 2023 UAE Derby (G2) winner Derma Sotogake.
COMMENTATORS: NBC Sports’ coverage of the Kentucky Derby features host Mike Tirico, anchoring Derby coverage for the seventh time; analysts Jerry Bailey, the Hall of Fame jockey and two-time Kentucky Derby winner, and Randy Moss, who is covering the Derby for the 43rd time; handicappers Eddie Olczyk and Matt Bernier; host Ahmed Fareed; reporters Britney Eurton, Donna Brothers, Kenny Rice, and Nick Luck; and race caller Larry Collmus. Rebecca Lowe also returns to NBC Sports’ coverage and will examine the traditions and pageantry surrounding the “Run for the Roses.”
Steve Kornacki, NBC News’ celebrated national political correspondent, returns to NBC Sports’ Kentucky Derby coverage as an insights analyst for the third year. NBC Sports’ Dale Earnhardt Jr. will serve as a contributor, while Matthew Berry makes his Derby debut to offer a unique look at betting on horse racing’s biggest event.
NBC News’ Dylan Dreyer, who has previously been part of NBC Sports’ Kentucky Derby and Royal Ascot horse racing coverage, and E!’s Sanya Richards-Ross, who returns for her second Derby, will serve as fashion and lifestyle correspondents. NBC Sports’ Tim Layden will write and narrate an essay on the 50th anniversary of Secretariat’s track record Derby win en route to his historic Triple Crown in 1973.
The senior producer of NBC Sports’ Kentucky Derby coverage is Lindsay Schanzer. The Kentucky Derby is directed by Kaare Numme. Saturday’s early race coverage is produced by Billy Matthews and directed by Jared Sumner. Executive producer and president, NBC Sports Production is Sam Flood.
Highlights of Kentucky Derby coverage Saturday on NBC and Peacock include:
- Nine races during NBC and Peacock’s record 7.5 hours of coverage (15 live races over Friday’s and Saturday’s total coverage)
- “Horsepower with Dale Jr. and Jerry” featuring Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jerry Bailey discussing race strategy from one racetrack to the other
- A lighthearted look at the basics of betting the races during “Handicapping 101 with Matthew Berry”
- An update on 2022 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile winner Cody’s Wish and the Dorman family, including the horse’s namesake, Cody
- A seat at the table for Sunday dinner with Mike Repole, the owner of Forte, and his family, as he aims to win his first-ever Derby
- Profile on Louisville native trainer Brad Cox, who is expected to saddle up four horses in this year’s Derby field — Angel of Empire, Verifying, Hit Show, and Jace’s Road
- “Kentucky Derby for 3-Year-Olds” segment in which three-year-old children race on stick horses in their running of the Derby, which features horses of the same age
- Two-time Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes will give the Derby ‘Riders Up’ command during the broadcast
- A live drone, two live jockey cam systems and a cinematic camera will be utilized in Derby coverage (among 50 total cameras)
- The 360 Glam Cam on the red carpet for celebrities to show off their Derby Day outfits and make their race picks
- A camera focused on race caller Larry Collmus
- A POV camera in the stewards room
|NBC SPORTS’ UPCOMING HORSE RACING COVERAGE SCHEDULE|
|Fri., May 5||1 p.m.||Kentucky Oaks||USA Network, Peacock|
|Sat., May 6||Noon||Kentucky Derby early races||NBC, Peacock|
|3 p.m.||149th Kentucky Derby||NBC, Peacock|
|Fri., May 19||4:30 p.m.||Black-Eyed Susan||Peacock|
|Sat., May 20||1 p.m.||Preakness Stakes early races||CNBC, Peacock|
|4:30 p.m.||148th Preakness Stakes||NBC, Peacock|
KENTUCKY DERBY COVERAGE ON NBCSPORTS.COM & THE NBC SPORTS APP
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. The full HD-quality video stream will come directly from NBC’s broadcasts. NBCSports.com 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 SPORTS AUDIO KENTUCKY DERBY COVERAGE
NBC Sports Audio (channel 85 on SiriusXM radios and the SXM App) will present a full day of live Kentucky Derby coverage on Saturday, May 6, with a four-hour special edition of Down the Stretch beginning at 10 a.m. ET. A three-hour pre-race show, hosted by Steve Byk live from Churchill Downs, begins at 2 p.m. ET, leading into NBC Sports’ coverage of the 149th “Run for the Roses” from 5-7:30 p.m. ET with Larry Collmus handling the live race calls. This is the second consecutive year NBC Sports and SiriusXM have teamed to produce audio coverage of the Kentucky Derby.
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.