The 2014 NBC horse racing schedule has been announced including The Road to the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Derby Champion Series. In 2014 NBC Sports showcased six races on four consecutive weekends of LIVE racing. The Live racing broadcast runs March 30th through April 13th on the NBC family of networks as part of an agreement between NBC, racetracks and the Jockey Club.
Jockey Club to co-fund broadcasts
The Jockey Club has taken on an initiative to co-fund the Road to Kentucky Derby broadcasts as part of a five year plan to broaden the public profile of thoroughbred horse racing . This is recommendation comes from a report prepared for the Jockey Club by McKinsey and Company back in 2011.
Kentucky Derby Championship Series
With the new Kentucky Derby Points System, it's hard to say how many races NBC Sports will televise for 2014 Kentucky Derby Betting. The Road to the Kentucky Derby schedule gets underway with the Norfolk at Santa Anita starting before the 2013 Breeders' Cup World Championships and concludes with the Southwest at Oaklawn Park.
The Derby Championship Series will start with the Risen Star stakes at Fair Grounds in Louisiana for the first leg of the prep race series, finishing with the Sunland Derby at Sunland Park in New Mexico. The second leg of the Kentucky Derby Championship Series opens with the Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park in Florida and finishes with the Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland in Kentucky.
Jockey Club spokesperson Bob Curran said that the deal with NBC is for one year with NBC having the ability to pick up the option for a second year. Of course picking up a second year will depend on ratings and the public showing enough interest in live Kentucky Derby Prep racing on the road to the roses.
"We hope it is the beginning of a longer-term relationship," Curran said.
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2014 live horse racing on NBC Sports Network schedule:
March 23rd - Road to the Kentucky Derby preview show on NBC Sports Network
March 30th - Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park and Louisiana Derby NBC Sports Network
April 6th - Wood Memorial at Aqueduct and Santa Anita Derby at Santa Anita Park on NBC
April 13th - Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland and Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park on CNBC
The 2014 Kentucky Derby prep races are to be broadcast on NBC Sports from Churchill Downs in Louisville, KY, Gulfsteam Park in Florida, Aqueduct Race Track, Keeneland and Santa Anita Park.
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