Anne M. Eberhardt

NBC Sports Sets Coverage of Belmont Stakes

Coverage on NBC Sports Network will begin June 6; the Belmont will air on NBC.

NBC Sports has announced its lineup of coverage for June 6-7 in conjunction with the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (gr. I), in which California Chrome  will shoot for the Triple Crown.

Belmont Stakes coverage will run from 4:30-7 p.m. EDT on NBC June 7. It will be preceded by a "Belmont Prep" show at 2:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Network and followed by a post-race program at 7 p.m. on NBCSN.

On June 6 NBCSN will present "Belmont Stakes Classics" at 4 p.m. and "Belmont Stakes Access" at 5 p.m.

The May 17 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) on NBC registered a 6.0 rating, the highest since 2009, when Rachel Alexandra was the winner. NBC Sports reported that average viewership for the Preakness topped 9.5 million views for the second consecutive year after three consecutive years in which it was below 9 million.