HRTV's Derby Coverage Begins April 30
by Blood-Horse Staff
Date Posted: 4/25/2011 2:47:01 PM
Last Updated: 4/26/2011 9:16:59 AM
HRTV’s on-site coverage of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) kicks off Saturday, April 30, with the first day of the spring meet at the Louisville track.
Included in the programming will be live coverage of the Derby post position draw on Wednesday, May 4, at approximately 5 p.m. ET.
The network’s coverage of the “Run for the Roses” will feature the origination of HRTV’s “Pursuit of the Crown,” on a daily basis, beginning with the special 6 p.m. ET post time on opening day.
The show will be co-hosted by Laffit Pincay III and Jeff Siegel, who will be joined by Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens, retired rider Richard Migliore, as well as Scott Hazelton, Caton Breda,r and Jill Byrne. The half-hour show has offered an in-depth look at the leading contenders, and key prep races, each week throughout the winter. (A second “Pursuit of the Crown” show has been added for Derby eve at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. Complete HRTV Derby-related schedule below.)
“RaceDay America” will preview racing action from Churchill and across the country on the majority of race days leading up to the May 7 Derby. The show will begin at 11:30 a.m. ET most days, with May 6 Kentucky Oaks and Derby Day post times necessitating an earlier start (10 a.m. ET).
Also included in the Derby coverage will be “Westrock Coffee First Cal,” co-hosted by Aaron Vercruysse and Jeff Siegel. The show made its traveling debut to Oaklawn Park for the Arkansas Derby (gr. I), and will be live at Churchill on both Oaks and Derby Day, getting the day off to a start at 8:30 a.m. ET.
A complete analysis of the Derby field will be presented on HRTV during a special 30-minute edition of “The Edge” on Friday, May 6 at 8:30 p.m. ET.
The May 5 installment of “Against the Odds” will be one hour (8:30 p.m. ET) to cover all of the races available from Churchill Downs on Friday and Saturday. Additionally, HRTV will present a comprehensive look at this year’s five key Derby preps when it airs “HRTV Encore,” on Monday, May 2 at 6:30 p.m. ET.
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