Besides those purple crocuses poking up through the brittle fallen leaves, the surest sign of spring I know? The Derby Prep races. We can watch some of the biggies on TV, courtesy NBC Sports.
As always, check your local listings. “Ballpark” times? Late afternoon on the east coast. Here are the dates, as announced late last year in the Daily Racing Form (Still, check your local TV listings.)
- 3/24 – The Vinery Stakes – Versus/NBC
- 3/31 – The Florida Derby – Versus/NBC
- 4/7 – The Wood Memorial AND the Santa Anita Derby – NBC
- 4/14 – The Bluegrass Stakes AND the Arkansas Derby – CNBC
Want to geek out on all the Derby Prep races, even the ones not so accessible on TV? Or to find them if they’re on cable or satellite? Check the Kentucky Derby site.