NTRA Releases Spring TV Schedule

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association unveiled its spring 2002 television schedule for Thoroughbred racing and outlined the full complement of programming planned for next year.

The complete schedule, to be released in 2002, will reflect three more hours of live coverage on ESPN, and a broader overall presentation of stakes to include major events from each of the eight divisions that lead to the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships on NBC. Some foreign races will be incorporated into the summer/fall programming for the "Road to the World Thoroughbred Championships."

In addition to the telecasts on the ESPN family of networks, NTRA-produced programming will air in 2002 on CBS and CNBC.

Here's the schedule up to the May 4 Kentucky Derby on NBC:

NTRA SPECIAL:

Feb. 24, ESPN2, 11 p.m. to midnight, Eclipse Awards

CITGO RACING TO THE KENTUCKY DERBY:

Feb. 16, ESPN, 6-6:30 p.m., Fountain of Youth Stakes

March 10, ESPN2, 6-7 p.m., Louisiana Derby and El Camino Real Derby

March 16, ESPN, 5-6 p.m., Florida Derby

March 17, ESPN2, 4-5 p.m., Gotham Stakes and San Felipe Stakes

March 23, ESPN2, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Lane's End Spiral Stakes

April 6, ESPN, 5-6 p.m., Santa Anita Derby and Illinois Derby

April 13, ESPN, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Wood Memorial Stakes and Toyota Blue Grass Stakes

April 20, ESPN2, 6-7 p.m., Coolmore Lexington Stakes and Federico Tesio Stakes

April 28, ESPN2, 2-3 p.m., Triple Crown Special

TRIPLE CROWN WEEKS ON ESPN AND ESPN2

April 29, ESPN2, 11 a.m.-noon, and ESPN, 1-1:30 p.m., Run For The Roses

April 30, ESPN2, 11 a.m.-noon, and ESPN, 1-1:30 p.m., Run For The Roses

May 1, ESPN2, 11:00 a.m.-noon, and ESPN, 1-1:30 p.m., Run For The Roses

May 1, ESPN, 5-6 p.m., Kentucky Derby draw

May 2, ESPN2, 11 a.m.-noon, and ESPN, 1-1:30 p.m., Run For The Roses

May 3, ESPN2, 7-11:00 a.m., Breakfast At Churchill Downs

May 3, ESPN2, 11 a.m.-noon, Run For The Roses

May 3, ESPN2, 3-5 p.m., 2Day At Churchill Downs

May 3, ESPN2, 5-6 p.m., Kentucky Oaks

May 3, ESPN2, 8:30-9 p.m., Handicapping the Derby

May 4, ESPN2, 9 a.m.-noon, Breakfast At Churchill Downs

May 4, ESPN2, noon-2:30 p.m., 2Day At The Kentucky Derby

May 4, ESPN, 2:30-5 p.m., Kentucky Derby Special

May 4, ESPN2, 6:30-7 p.m., The Kentucky Derby 2002

TRIPLE CROWN PREVIEW ON NBC

April 13, NBC, 4:30-6 p.m., Triple Crown Preview

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