Six races that led to the 2012 Kentucky Derby will be broadcast by NBC Sports. The next year of implementation of the Roses shows on Saturday on NBC. NBC Sports, including NBC, CNBC and NBC Sports Group will launch the series on March 24 with Spiral Stakes, won this year by the animal before taking the Kentucky Derby, from Turfway Park and will continue next week with the Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park. These 2 races will be broadcast on NBC Sports Group, prior to VERSUS.
Turfway Park has shown as the ultimate tuneup for a tournament of Kentucky Derby contenders," Bob Elliston said, CEO and president of Turfway Park, "also as we all know, was the of previous year's winner Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes, Animal Kingdom, to win the Run for the Roses a after few weeks. Televising these races is not only beneficial to the host track, but the entire racing industry.
On 7 April the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct and Santa Anita Derby at Santa Anita Park will also be broadcasted on NBC."The Wood Memorial has a great and rich history as an essential preparation race for the Kentucky Derby and we are thrilled that national TV viewers will be able to enjoy the 2012 version of the NBC," Charles Hayward said, NYRA president and CEO.
The last two races of preparation to be shown on CNBC on April 14 Blue Grass Stakes will be the Keeneland Racecourse and the Arkansas Derby from Oaklawn Park.