Tom Hammond

Hammond, Burnham Chosen For Joe Hirsch Media Roll Of Honor

Two-time Eclipse Award-winning broadcaster Tom Hammond and the late Eclipse Award-winning cinematographer Joe Burnham have been selected to the National Museum of Racing’s Joe Hirsch Media Roll of Honor. Hammond, one of television’s most respected and versatile talents, began his racing coverage with NBC Sports in 1984 and was the network’s main racing host until […]

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NBC Sports Wins Media Eclipse Awards For Live Programming And Television Feature

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), Daily Racing Form and the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters (NTWAB) today announced Media Eclipse Award winners in three categories: NBC Sports has won the Media Eclipse Award for Television – Live Racing Programming for its broadcast of the 2017 Kentucky Derby; NBC Sports has also won the Television […]

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Signing Off: Battaglia Steps Down From On-Air Work At Keeneland

Keeneland officials have announced that popular handicapper and racing analyst Mike Battaglia will step down from his on-air race-day duties at Keeneland with today’s close of the fall meet. Battaglia will continue to set the track’s morning-line odds and provide expert picks for Keeneland.com. “On behalf of Keeneland and our fans, we thank Mike for […]

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‘How Are We Going To Fill Four Hours?’: NBC Sports Crew Recalls Inaugural Breeders’ Cup Broadcast

In just a few short weeks, the 34th edition of the Breeders’ Cup will be contested, this year for the first time ever at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. Consisting of 13 races held over two days, it has grown considerably from its inaugural 1984 edition, which was made up of a seven-race card held on […]

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Tirico Taking The Reins As Host On NBC’s Racing Coverage As Hammond Takes Reduced Role

Mike Tirico will take over the hosting duties on NBC’s horse racing coverage as Tom Hammond begins to scale back his broadcasting duties. According the Associated Press, Tirico will make his Triple Crown debut next week at the Kentucky Derby. Last fall he worked his first racing assignment when he joined Hammond and the rest of the NBC team […]

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NBC’s Tom Hammond To Receive Warner L. Jones Jr. Horseman Of The Year Award

Veteran broadcaster Tom Hammond — the thoroughbred-racing icon who also is one of network sports’ most versatile stars — will be feted by the Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners with the organization’s prestigious Warner L. Jones Jr. Horseman of the Year Award. Hammond, the anchor of NBC’s Breeders’ Cup coverage since its 1984 inception and a fixture […]

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NBC Sports Network Televising Wood Memorial, Blue Grass, Santa Anita Derby

NBCSN presents live horse racing Saturday, April 9, at 5 p.m. EDT, with coverage of the Wood Memorial, Blue Grass Stakes, and Santa Anita Derby. The winner of each race receives 100 points, enough to guarantee a spot in the gate for the Kentucky Derby, May 7 on NBC. Saturday will mark NBC Sports Group’s […]

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American Pharoah Team, Hammond Among Those To Be Honored By NTWAB

The National Turf Writers and Broadcasters will salute American Pharoah and the team that molded him into the first Triple Crown champion in 37 years to highlight its 56th annual awards dinner on Oct. 28 at the Griffin Gate Marriott in Lexington, Ky. Members of the NTWAB also voted to honor Eclipse Award winners Tom […]

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American Pharoah Offers A Carpe Diem Moment For Racing

Two out of three readers who voted in this week’s Paulick Report poll believe American Pharoah’s Triple Crown triumph will help create new racing fans. Between the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes, NBC Sports said something like 45 million television viewers tuned in watch horse racing. Some of them were casual viewers who must […]

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For NBC’s Tom Hammond, Pharoah’s Triple Crown In ‘Top Tier’ Of Events He’s Broadcast

Tom Hammond has worked for NBC for 31 years, and during that time he has covered Notre Dame football, the Olympics, and NFL and NBA playoffs in addition to anchoring the network’s coverage of horse racing events such as the Kentucky Derby and Breeders’ Cup. Last Saturday he was at Belmont Park to see American […]

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