Triple Crown Horse Racing Will Be Broadcast In HDTV On NBC and HDNet 
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Wednesday, 01 May 2002

It may not be 24 hours of Showtime in HDTV on DIRCTV but for the content starved HDTV early adopters this is great news – NBC and HDNet will be broadcasting all of the Visa Triple Crown horse racing events this year.

The coverage begins with the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 4 at 5 p.m. ET. The HDTV broadcasts will be available on NBC’s HDTV affiliate stations and on HDNet’s channel 199 on DIRECTV. The announcement was made today by Ken Schanzer, President, NBC Sports and Mark Cuban, co-founder and president of HDNet.

The HDTV broadcasts will be produced in 1080i HD format using HDNet’s mobile production units, cameras, and crew, and will feature the audio and announcers from NBC’s standard production.

The following schedule lists the live broadcasts of the three thoroughbred races that make up the Visa Triple Crown. All times are Eastern.

• Kentucky Derby - May 4th, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
• Preakness Stakes - May 18th, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
• Belmont Stakes - June 8th, 5:00-6:30 p.m.

NBC’s Kentucky Derby coverage will be led by hosts Tom Hammond and Bob Costas with expert commentary from veteran analyst Charlsie Cantey. The broadcast team also will include race-caller Tom Durkin; contributing analysts Mike Battaglia and Bob Neumeier; and on-track reporter Donna Barton Brothers.

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