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And Down the Stretch They Come: NBC/Breeders’ Cup deal a ‘win-win’

Matt Gardner at And Down the Stretch They Come has a glass-mostly-full mentality when it comes to Monday’s announcement that the Breeders’ Cup will move from ESPN/ABC to NBC and the NBC Sports Network: “For the new NBC Sports Network (“NBCSN”), they get a fantastic live sporting event to build around in the fall and […]

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Breeders’ Cup Returns to NBC Sports

Beginning this fall, the Breeders’ Cup championships will be returning to its original home, NBC and the NBC Sports Group, after a six-year run on ESPN and ABC. The surprise announcement, effectively terminating the eight-year contract between Breeders’ Cup and ESPN two years early, means NBC will have broadcast rights to all of racing’s top […]

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And Down The Stretch They Come: Rebranded network opens door for horse racing

The switch became official Monday – Versus is now the NBC Sports Network.  NBC has expressed a long-term commitment to growing the channel and competing with ESPN, and horse racing has an opportunity to benefit, writes Matt Gardner at And Down The Stretch They Come: “The addition of telecasts from Saratoga and Keeneland last fall […]

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Ad Age: NBC Sports Network ready for long battle with ESPN

Ad Age looks at the future of the NBC Sports Network – which replaces Versus on January 2 – as a potential rival to ESPN.  The article suggests NBC has a long-range game plan since several major sports’ TV contracts are tied up for years. Although the article doesn’t mention horse racing, the NBC Sports […]

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NBC Sports Group to air Kentucky Derby preps

The Jockey Club, in collaboration with the NBC Sports Group, CNBC and six racetracks, will provide live coverage of six major prep races for the 2012 Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands over four consecutive weekends next spring, it was announced today. The series will be highlighted by a 90-minute live broadcast on NBC featuring […]

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Autumn at Keeneland: QE II Challenge Cup on NBC

The NBC Sports Group’s coverage of Autumn at Keeneland, live horse racing from Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Ky., continues on Saturday, 5-6 p.m. ET on NBC with the 28th running of the $400,000 Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup. Three-year-old fillies will be in the spotlight Saturday afternoon as Keeneland presents the 28th […]

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‘Autumn at Keeneland’ highlights fall meet coverage

Racing fans from coast to coast can share in Keeneland’s 75th anniversary celebration thanks to “Autumn at Keeneland,” four hours of live coverage over two weekends from the racetrack beginning on Friday, October 7, on VERSUS and culminating with an hour-long live broadcast of Keeneland’s 75th anniversary on Saturday, October 15, on NBC. Many horses […]

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NBC extends Summer at Saratoga through 2013

Due to the success of the inaugural series, The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) and the NBC Sports Group have announced a two-year extension for Summer at Saratoga, which will bring live national coverage of the Saratoga Race Course meet through 2013. This year’s NBC Sports Group coverage of the Saratoga meet marked the […]

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Reilly: A.P. Indy forges legacy, preserves rich pedigree history

One of racing’s legendary sires left an unmistakable mark on the 2011 Saratoga meet, and in doing so continued to forge a considerable influence on Thoroughbred breeding while preserving a long line of success.  Descendants of A.P. Indy took the top three spots in the Travers, the top three spots in the Coaching Club American […]

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Summer at Saratoga wraps up with Forego, Woodward

Press Release The NBC Sports Group’s seven straight weekends of “Summer at Saratoga” live horse racing from Saratoga Race Course concludes this Saturday, 5-6 p.m. ET with coverage of the Grade 1 Woodward featuring Horse of the Year candidate Havre de Grace, in addition to coverage of the Grade 1 Forego. COMMENTATORS: Saturday’s coverage will […]

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