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Thursday, March 21st, 2024

SIX WEEKS TO THE 150TH KENTUCKY DERBY – ROAD TO THE KENTUCKY DERBY CONTINUES WITH LOUISIANA DERBY, LIVE THIS SATURDAY AT 6 P.M. ET ON CNBC AND PEACOCK

Coverage Also Features Kentucky Derby Prep Race Jeff Ruby Steaks (G3) From Turfway Park in Florence, Ky.

Hall of Famer and Two-Time Louisiana Derby Winner Jerry Bailey and Randy Moss Join Host Britney Eurton to Anchor Coverage

Louisiana Derby Marks First of Three Consecutive Saturday Afternoons with Kentucky Derby Prep Races on CNBC and Peacock

STAMFORD, Conn. – March 21, 2024  NBC Sports presents live coverage of the $1 million Louisiana Derby (G2), a key prep race ahead of the 150th Kentucky Derby, this Saturday, March 23, 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) and the $400,000 Fair Grounds Oaks (G2).

2024 Lecomte Stakes (G3) winner Track Phantom is the morning-line favorite (3-1) in the Louisiana Derby and currently sits fifth in the Road to the Kentucky Derby standings. 2024 Smarty Jones Stakes (LS) winner Catching Freedom and Common Defense 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 4, the Louisiana Derby and Jeff Ruby Steaks will both award Kentucky Derby qualification points, with 100 going to the winners of each race. The Fair Grounds Oaks will award Kentucky Oaks qualification points, with the winner of the race earning 100 points. Also, the $300,000 Bourbonette Oaks from Turfway Park in Florence, Ky., will be highlighted on Saturday’s show.

Britney Eurton 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 coverage on CNBC and Peacock, continuing with the Florida Derby (G1) on March 30, and the Santa Anita Derby (G1) on April 6.

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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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.

 

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