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Finley: NYRA should pony up for rivalry rematch

ESPN’s Bill Finley writes that the New York Racing Association cannot say no to doubling the purse for the August 28th Personal Ensign Stakes at Saratoga and attracting a rematch of Blind Luck and Havre de Grace: “NYRA is usually reluctant to raise the purses of its stakes events to attract star horses. The company […]

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NBC’s ‘Summer at Saratoga’ starts Saturday

Press Release The NBC Sports Group’s seven straight weekends of “Summer at Saratoga” live horse racing from Saratoga Race Course begins this Saturday, 5-6 p.m. ET on NBC with coverage of the Coaching Club American Oaks, a race for three-year-old fillies expected to include graded stakes winners Buster’s Ready, It’s Tricky, Plum Pretty, Joyful Victory, […]

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HRI Zast: Racing TV coverage in good hands

Horse Race Insider Vic Zast – a Saratoga regular – says he’s heartened by “Summer at Saratoga,” the NBC Sports/Versus TV package that will highlight racing at this year’s meet.  He believes NBC will put “horse racing’s best face on” under the watch of executive Jon Miller, creator of the popular NHL Winter Classic: What’s […]

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Three Chimneys Presents Good News Friday: NBC/Versus Summering at Saratoga

The VERSUS Network doesn’t even have its own website anymore. Type VERSUS.com into your Internet address field and get ushered right into NBC Sports. Traffic was minimal at the VERSUS site, according to Adam Freifeld, NBC Sports senior director of communications, so why not give its programming a booster shot from the new parent company? […]

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Can’t anyone here play this game?

Another Triple Crown is in the books, and it was a head-scratching winter and spring of 3-year-old racing. After seeing upset upon upset and the failure of so many favorites in key prep races and the Triple Crown itself, I kept thinking of the late baseball great Casey Stengel, a favorite coverboy of Sports Illustrated […]

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NBC announces Belmont Stakes coverage

NBC Sports has unveiled its Belmont week television schedule for NBC and Versus.  The network plans to air more than six hours of coverage.  The schedule and channel listings are below. Friday, June 10 VERSUS: 4 – 5 p.m. – Belmont Stakes Classics VERSUS: 5 – 6 p.m. – Live coverage from Belmont Park featuring […]

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Preakness TV ratings: Viewership up, not down

The overnight numbers indicated a drop-off in TV viewership for Preakness 136, but the Nielsen ratings show that in fact, NBC’s broadcast gained viewers compared to last year.  The Preakness broadcast drew 8.8 million viewers, a five percent increase over 2010, making it the second-most watched Preakness in five years (bested only by Rachel Alexandra’s […]

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Overnights show viewership of Preakness down from 2010

Overnight television ratings for the 136th Preakness Stakes from Baltimore on Saturday were even with the 2010 levels, with the race portion of the telecast down 6% from last year and the lowest since 2000, according to published reports. The 4:30-6:45 p.m. telecast on NBC Sports drew an overall overnight rating of 56 urban markets […]

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HRI – Zast: NBC’s Preakness coverage was good

Horse Race Insider Vic Zast gives high marks for NBC’s coverage of Preakness 136: “While not flawless – the coverage ran on a half-hour too long, failed to televise the sport’s number one turf horse even though Paddy O’Prado won the Dixie Stakes during the telecast’s timeframe, and had technical problems that obliterated trainer Graham […]

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Preakness PP draw and television coverage

The Preakness 136 post position draw is scheduled for 5 p.m. Wednesday from Pimlico Race Course.  It will not be broadcast on NBC or Versus.  Instead, HRTV will have the draw as part of its “Pursuit of the Crown” show.  Here is the weekend schedule from NBC/Versus (all times Eastern): Fri., Preakness Classics, 3-4 p.m., […]

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