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NBC Sports & LouisvilleKY’s Churchill Downs to Debut Road to the Kentucky Derby Magazine Series

Story and photos from Churchill Downs.com Louisville, KY – As the home of horse racing in the United States, NBC Sports will expand its programming in 2019, collaborating with Churchill Downs on a new magazine-style series, and adding a pair of crucial prep races. In partnership with Churchill Downs, NBC Sports will debut a new Road to the Kentucky Derby series this spring, leading up to NBC’s coverage of the 145th Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve on Saturday, May 4. In March, NBCSN will debut the first of the four 30-minute Road to the Kentucky Derby episodes, which will showcase the stars of the sport, telling the stories behind the…


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NBC’s Mike Tirico to visit LouisvilleKY for annual KDF Theyr’e Off! Luncheon

Louisville, KY.   –NBC Sports’ Mike Tirico, host of the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, will be the featured speaker at the 62nd Annual They’re Off! Luncheon on Friday, April 20. The luncheon, first held in 1957, serves as the time-honored kick-off to each year’s Festival. It’s the second-oldest event on the Festival schedule. “I feel like I know Mike already, after spending two weeks watching and cheering on our Olympic athletes,” said Mike Berry, Kentucky Derby Festival President and CEO. “We’re excited to welcome him to Louisville and to hear his stories.” The luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Galt House East…


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LouisvilleKy’s Run for the Roses draws millions of viewers

  STAMFORD, Conn. – May 10, 2016 – NBC Sports’ coverage of Nyquist’s victory in Saturday’s 142nd Kentucky Derby averaged 15.5 million viewers – marking the fourth consecutive year the “Run for the Roses” has topped 15 million viewers on NBC, according to final data provided by The Nielsen Company. Viewership peaked with 17.9 million viewers from 6:45-7:00 p.m. ET when Nyquist crossed the finish line, which matched the peak from last year’s Kentucky Derby victory by Triple Crown champion American Pharoah. Nyquist’s time of 2:01.31 over the mile-and-a-quarter race topped Pharoah’s winning time by nearly two seconds (2:03.02). For the first time ever, NBC…


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Louisville Ky’s “Thurby” kicks off Derby Weekend tomorrow

THIRD ANNUAL ‘THURBY’ KICKS OFF DERBY WEEKEND WITH CELEBRATION OF KENTUCKY   Features New ‘Thurby’ Logo and 2016 Oaks and Derby Box Giveaway   LOUISVILLE, KY (Wednesday, May 4, 2016) – The third annual Thurby, presented by TwinSpires.com, marks the official start of Kentucky Derby weekend on Thursday, May 5 at Churchill Downs Racetrack. This year’s Thurby will continue its tradition of celebrating the best of Kentucky and the local community and launch the new Thurby logo, which will be available on an assortment of merchandise on site at the event. Gates open at 11 a.m. with the first post…


The Week Before THE WEEK in Louisville KY

We’re roaring into Derby Week, and watching for trouble in the news. Eight more days until Derby 141. Pappy Heist Case Solved:  The Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon Heist, perhaps the most-publicized theft of a valuable liquid in Kentucky history, was solved this week. The bad guys were found out after a tip led detectives to barrels hidden in a distillery worker’s backyard. (CNN) On Second Thought: Metro Councilman Dan Johnson’s attempt to single-handedly cause the merger of city and suburban fire departments, opposed by his colleagues and fire personnel with equal fervor, is over. Johnson offered a statement this week after…


NBC Ramps Up for Derby Coverage on TV

141st “Run for the Roses” Saturday, May 2 at 4 p.m. ET on NBC 15 NBC Sports Group Commentators to Contribute to NBC & NBCSN Telecasts Beginning Wednesday, April 29 Johnny Weir & Tara Lipinski Reprise Roles as Fashion Experts NBC Sports Live Extra to Live Stream Kentucky Derby on NBC with Exclusive Camera Angles and Analysis NBC Sports Radio Provides Live Coverage of the Kentucky Derby for the First Time New Social Offerings for NBC Sports Group’s “Peacock Paddock” Include a Vine 360 Booth & 55-inch Touch Screen STAMFORD, Conn. –  NBC Sports Group presents 15.5 live hours of Kentucky…