Final Kentucky Derby preps to get national TV spotlight

Press Release
April 05, 2019 03:50pm

With one month until the 2019 Kentucky Derby, NBC Sports continues its coverage of prep races at 5:30 p.m. ET Saturday with a live telecast featuring the Wood Memorial (G2), Blue Grass Stakes (G2) and Santa Anita Derby (G1) on NBCSN. The winner of each race receives 100 qualifying points, officially securing a spot in the starting gate for the May 4 race at Churchill Downs.

The Wood Memorial, New York’s premier Kentucky Derby prep race which has had 11 winners go on to win the Derby, features Tacitus, the winner of last month’s Tampa Bay Derby (G2). Among his likely competitors are Haikal and Final Jeopardy, the latter having the same owner-trainer team as Florida Derby winner Maximum Security (Gary and Mary West & Jason Servis).

In addition, the Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky., is expected to feature 2018 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile third-place finisher Signalman as well as contenders Vekoma and Win Win Win.

Rounding out Saturday’s coverage is the Santa Anita Derby, the signature West Coast prep race for the Kentucky Derby. Game Winner and Roadster, both trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, headline the field.

Ahmed Fareed
 hosts Saturday’s telecast from Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., joined by Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey, veteran horse racing analyst Randy Moss, reporter Laffit Pincay III and reporter Britney Eurton. NBC Sports race caller Larry Collmus, “The Voice of the Triple Crown,” will call the Wood Memorial from Aqueduct.

Following Saturday’s extensive live racing coverage, NBC Sports, in partnership with Churchill Downs, presents a new episode of the Road to the Kentucky Derby series. Beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, the third of four 30-minute episodes features a visit to the home of Bob Baffert, trainer of 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah and 2018 Triple Crown winner Justify. The episode also profiles the owners of Albaugh Family Stables, who are aiming to have a Kentucky Derby participant for a fourth consecutive year. Produced by Churchill Downs, the episodes provide viewers with an inside look of the extensive preparations for the first leg of the Triple Crown.

aCoverage will be streamed live on and the NBC Sports app – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs.


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