TVG announced its on-site Belmont Stakes (gr. I) week coverage that will focus on California Chrome 's Triple Crown bid will begin at 10 a.m. EDT Wednesday, June 4, with a live broadcast of the post position draw.
Complementing TVG's full card coverage Wednesday through Saturday at Belmont Park will be Todd Schrupp, Simon Bray, and former Major League Baseball catcher Paul Lo Duca.
At 8 p.m. June 5, the network will air the first of two preview shows, "Belmont Friday, The Excitement Begins." A second show, "Belmont Stakes, Handicappers' Preview," will air Friday, June 6, at 10 p.m.
Live coverage Saturday, June 7, begins at 10 a.m. Among the 10 stakes races scheduled to air are the $1.25 million Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) and the $750,000 TVG Acorn Stakes (gr. I).
"Having captured the imagination of millions with his victories in the Kentucky Derby (Presented by Yum Brands, gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I), California Chrome squarely puts Belmont Park in the center of the sports universe this Saturday," said Bhavesh Patel, TVG's senior vice president of television operations and marketing. "As America's Horseracing Network, TVG is thrilled to deliver all the on- and off-track excitement that will make up this historic chapter in racing history."
The Belmont Stakes will air exclusively on the NBC network.