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Citgo Racing to the Kentucky Derby Begins March 17

"Citgo Racing to the Kentucky Derby" will once again air on ABC and the ESPN networks beginning Saturday, March 17, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Feb. 15. The series will conclude with a Triple Crown special airing from Louisville's Churchill Downs two days prior to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

CITGO Racing to the Kentucky Derby To Air Coolmore Lexington Stakes

"Citgo Racing to the Kentucky Derby," the series on ABC and the ESPN networks that presents key Triple Crown prep races from around the country, concludes its pre-Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) coverage by presenting same-day coverage of the $325,000 Coolmore Lexington Stakes (gr. II) from Keeneland Racecourse in Lexington Saturday 22.

Eight-Show Derby Prep Package On ABC, ESPN

"Citgo Racing to the Kentucky Derby," an eight-show series on ABC and the ESPN networks that provides comprehensive coverage of the key Triple Crown prep races, returns on March 18, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced Feb. 8.

CITGO Racing to the Kentucky Derby Returns

"CITGO Racing to the Kentucky Derby," a nine-show series on the ABC and ESPN networks that provides coverage of key Visa Triple Crown prep races, returns in March, with coverage of the March 5 Fountain of Youth (gr. II) and Swale Stakes (gr. II) from Gulfstream Park.

ESPN Derby Programs Enjoy Ratings Rise

Average household viewership of the lineup of Visa Triple Crown programming presented by the ESPN networks during the 2003 Kentucky Derby week rose sharply over the previous year's totals according to data supplied by Nielsen Media Research.

Significant Increases in Horseracing TV Viewership

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According to data supplied by Nielsen Media Research, both "Long John Silver's Wire to Wire," the NTRA's weekly magazine show, and "CITGO Racing to the Kentucky Derby," the series that presents key VISA Triple Crown prep races, each airing on the ESPN networks, have increased their audiences dramatically this year.

Time to Tune In

By Ray Paulick -- While for some the trail to the Triple Crown begins the minute a healthy foal hits the ground, a more realistic starting point is when the first major prep races are shown on live television.

NTRA Unveils Derby Prep TV Schedule

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) on Thursday unveiled an expanded, nine-show "CITGO Racing to the Kentucky Derby" series for 2003, airing on the ESPN networks and providing comprehensive coverage of key VISA Triple Crown prep races.

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