Spring time in the US means the Kentucky Derby is coming. The Derby prep races basically started late last year.
I spent some time searching the web for the US TV broadcast schedule for coverage of the Derby prep races.
It’s entirely possible that some of us are the only people who care. In other words, my Spideysense tells me ratings for the Derby prep races may have been dismal. I finally found a TV racing schedule on the Blood Horse website.
The only Kentucky Derby prep races broadcast for 2017 will be the Wood Memorial and the Toyota Bluegrass Stakes on April 8 on NBC Sports Network, aka cable.
Although your regular NBC station will carry the races of the American Triple Crown, NBC’s horse racing schedule reflects the global scope of the sport, especially on cable. NBC Sports network will cover the Dubai World Cup on March 25 and some of the Royal Ascot races. Again, the schedule is up on the Blood Horse website.
Despite my grousing about only seeing two Derby prep races, we still have many hours of racing ahead up through the Belmont Stakes. My guess is that NBC is seeing if the big money, glitzy races at Meydan and Ascot will draw more of an audience than the Derby prep races.
Once the Saratoga racing calendar starts up in July, we start looking toward Breeder’s Cup.