After delivering some monster ratings in the Kentucky Derby, NBC will look to continue building momentum with its 2017 Preakness Stakes coverage.
There’s no doubt that NBC Sports has been pivotal in growing interest in Thoroughbred racing. They’ve done a masterful job of building multiple platforms for viewers to watch both at home and on-the-go. The 2017 Kentucky Derby drew 16.4 million viewers, which is the highest mark attained since 1989. They will hope for big numbers at the upcoming Preakness as well.
2017 Preakness Stakes Coverage Schedule
Friday, May 19th – Black Eyed Susan Stakes (3pm EST on NBCSN)
Saturday, May 20th – Preakness Stakes Coverage (2:30pm EST on NBCSN)
Saturday, May 20th – 142nd Preakness Stakes (5pm EST on NBC)
NBC Sports will also provide bonus Preakness Stakes coverage through their online portals. Fans can access the NBC’s All Access page for more in-depth analysis of the race, along with online broadcasts for the preliminary races as well. This will include breakdowns from various commentators using replays.
The highlight of the Saturday broadcast aside from the 142nd Preakness Stakes will be a feature on trainer Todd Pletcher and another on jockey John Velazquez, the duo entrusted with handling Always Dreaming. The seven-time Eclipse Award winner for Outstanding Trainer has a pair of Kentucky Derby victories and two Belmont Stakes wins, but hasn’t finished better than third in the Preakness Stakes. And that was way back in 2000 with Impeachment. This will be a big Saturday for Pletcher as he hopes to complete the set.
The team that usually brings you the action will be on hand to deliver the Preakness Stakes coverage as well. The coordinating producer of NBC’s horse racing coverage is Rob Hyland, who has been a veteran of the sport since 2001. The Preakness Stakes is directed by Sunday Night Football and NBC Sports’ horse racing director, Drew Esocoff. The coverage on NBCSN is produced by Billy Matthews and directed by Kaare Numme. The executive producer of NBC Sports and NBCSN is Sam Flood, who has produced 14 Triple Crown races for the network.