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2012 Preakness Stakes TV schedule on NBC

2012 Preakness Stakes TV schedule on NBC and NBC Sports Network. The second leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown, the 137th Preakness Stakes, takes place Saturday, May 19, at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. Kentucky Derby winner I’ll Have Another looks for another win for shot at the Triple Crown, which hasn’t been accomplished since Affirmed won in 1978. The Preakness is being billed as a rematch between I’ll Have Another and Derby runner-up Bodemeister, who led most of the race until I’ll Have Another overtook him.  Other top contenders in the starting gate include Creative Cause, Went the Day […]

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2012 Kentucky Derby TV schedule

The 138th Kentucky Derby takes place Saturday, May 5, from Churchill Downs in Louisville, for the first leg of horse racing’s elusive Triple Crown (sweeping the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes). Bodemeister, Creative Cause, Hansen, Take Charge Indy, Union Rags, Gemologist and Dullahan are among the top horses in the starting gate. Long shot Animal Kingdom (pictured) won last year’s Run for the Roses. NBC has coverage of the Derby beginning at 4pm ET on Saturday, but since this is one of those “Big Event” things that NBCUniversal thinks appeals to more than just horse-racing fans, you’ll get […]

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HBO’s statement on the cancellation of “Luck”

Although its horse-racing drama series Luck had been renewed for a second season, HBO yesterday reversed course and canceled the series following the death of a third horse during production. Here is their statement on the decision: “It is with heartbreak that executive producers David Milch and Michael Mann together with HBO have decided to cease all future production on the series Luck. “Safety is always of paramount concern. We maintained the highest safety standards throughout production, higher in fact than any protocols existing in horseracing anywhere with many fewer incidents than occur in racing or than befall horses normally […]

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HBO renews “Luck” for 10-episode second season for 2013

HBO found an immediate victory at the horse track with it’s new series Luck, which debuted this past Sunday logging a gross audience of 3.3 million viewers to date. The network renewed the series for a 10-episode second season slated to debut in January 2013. From director Michael Mann and Deadwood creator David Milch [pictured], the series is a behind-the-track look at the world of horse racing and gambling’s denizens — owners, trainers, jockeys and gamblers. The cast is led by Dustin Hoffman who plays the complex lead character Chester “Ace” Bernstein, and Nick Nolte, as weathered Kentucky horse-trainer-turned-owner Walt […]

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New HBO series “Luck” goes beyond the surface of horse racing

To suggest that HBO’s latest original series Luck is solely about horse racing would be similar to dismissing The Sopranos as a mob show or Boardwalk Empire as a booze epic. Sure, the backdrop involves horses and the track, but first and foremost Luck is about the characters — much like the other aforementioned HBO hits. And when your lead character is played by the great Dustin Hoffman, you know you are starting off on the right foot. Hoffman makes his television debut playing Chester “Ace” Bernstein, a wheeler and dealer who has just been released from prison. Not one […]

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2011 Belmont Stakes live June 11 on NBC

By Ryan Berenz Follow @ChannelGuideRAB So there will be no Triple Crown winner again, which makes this Belmont Stakes somewhat anticlimactic. Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom and Preakness winner Shackleford will race at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y., and as much as NBC wants to hype up the matchup between them, it’s not quite the same as a Triple Crown threat. (At least it’s not like last year, when Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver and Preakness winner Lookin at Lucky skipped the race and some horse named Drosselmeyer had his 15 minutes.) NBC has the Belmont live on Saturday, June […]

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Where to watch the 2011 Preakness Stakes

First off: All hail Kegasus, Lord of the InfieldFest! For the rest of us unable or unwilling to partake in the drunkenness and debauchery of the infield at Pimlico, we’ll be watching the Preakness Stakes on TV. NBC and Versus have 6.5 hours of coverage devoted to the two-minute race, including live coverage of the race itself on Saturday at 4:30pm ET on NBC. Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom, listed as the early 2-1 favorite at the Preakness, will try to capture the second jewel of the Triple Crown. Other contenders include Dialed In, Mucho Macho Man, Shackleford, Flashpoint, Dance […]

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Where to watch the 2011 Kentucky Derby

By Ryan Berenz (Twitter: @ChannelGuideRAB) The 137th Kentucky Derby takes place Saturday, May 7, at 4pm ET live on NBC from Churchill Downs in Louisville, for the first leg of horse racing’s elusive Triple Crown (sweeping the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes). Dialed In, Archarcharch, Pants on Fire, Midnight Interlude, Nehro, Soldat, Stay Thirsty, Toby’s Corner, Mucho Macho Man and Comma to the Top  might be among the top horses in the starting gate this year. Jockey Calvin Borel rode Super Saver to victory in last year’s Run for the Roses. NBC has coverage of all three Triple […]

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Where to watch the 2010 Belmont Stakes

By Ryan Berenz Forgive us if we lack excitement about this year’s Belmont Stakes. Not only is there no Triple Crown winner this year, but Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver and Preakness winner Lookin At Lucky are skipping the race. So who’s left? How about Dave in Dixie (20-1) jockeyed by Calvin Borel? Or how about trainer Nick Zito’s Ice Box (3-1) or Fly Down (9-2)? Sure. Makes no nevermind to me. ABC sort of takes a gamble every year they broadcast this race, hoping the Triple Crown will be at stake. They’ve been lucky at lot the past few […]

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Where to watch the 2010 Preakness Stakes

By Ryan Jockey Calvin Borel boldly said after winning the Kentucky Derby that he would ride Super Saver to a Triple Crown, and he’ll take the next step to fulfilling that this weekend at the Preakness Stakes. NBC has complete coverage of the event on Saturday, May 15 at4:30pm ET. Below is the release from NBC, detailing its broadcast and including analysts’ picks and predictions: SUPER SAVER AND JOCKEY CALVIN BOREL HEADLINE FIELD IN PREAKNESS STAKES, SATURDAY 4:30 PM ET ON NBC 1. Super Saver, 2. Lookin at Lucky, 3. First Dude – NBC’s Battaglia’s Preakness Picks “It wouldn’t surprise […]