HRRN, NBC Sports Extend Triple Crown Deal

By Blood-Horse Staff
Horse Racing Radio Network, the Eclipse Award-winning broadcast organization based in Lexington, will partner with NBC Sports Group to provide live radio coverage of all three Triple Crown races through 2018.

According to an April 18 release, for each race NBC Sports Radio will present two hours of live coverage from 5-7 p.m. EDT, produced in partnership with HRRN and distributed by Westwood One.  Audio coverage will also be distributed via the Tune In website and mobile app, and on the HRRN website.

HRRN and NBC Sports Radio partnered to provide exclusive radio coverage of American Pharoah's historic Triple Crown run in 2015.

"To be associated with such an iconic broadcast organization is a tremendous honor," HRRN President Mike Penna said.  "The NBC Sports Group and Westwood One teams are as good as it gets. We are excited to build on the momentum from last year's Triple Crown and look forward to taking the broadcasts to even greater heights through this partnership in the coming years."

"We are pleased to have HRRN as a partner at the Triple Crown races again this year to help us bring NBC Sports Radio listeners the best, most insightful coverage of these three great races," said Rob Simmelkjaer, senior vice president of NBC Sports Ventures.

The schedule for the three races, all grade I events, is as follows: Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands is May 7, the Preakness Stakes is May 21, and the Belmont Stakes is June 11.