With Kentucky Derby Week upon us, Horse racing jumps into the Television Spotlight.
The biggest omission will be no telecast of the Derby Post Position Draw, with ESPN deciding to drop this years coverage of the event. Also the Oaks day coverage shifts from ESPN to Bravo and shrinks to a mere 60 minutes of coverage.
Here is a guide of Derby related programming throughout the week:
• Wednesday 4/29/09: 4:30-5 p.m.: ESPN Classic: No Roses, Derby Heartbreak
11 p.m.-midnight: ESPN Classic: Sportscentury: "Citation."
• Thursday 4/30/09: 9 a.m.-10 a.m.: ESPN Classic: Sportscentury: "Seattle Slew."
9-10 p.m. : CNBC: Run for the Roses: The Kentucky Derby and the Business of Horse Racing
"Run for the Roses" offers a breakdown of money that surrounds The Kentucky Derby including the $200 million that is pumped into the Louisville economy, the $100 million-plus in bets, and the $2 million purse.
Interview subjects include Mike Iavarone, of IEAH (owner of 2008 Derby champion Big Brown); Chris McCarron, Hall of Fame jockey; Steven Crist, from the Daily Racing Form, Andrew Beyer, Washington Post horse-racing columnist/author; John Asher, Churchill Downs historian, and Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day.
• Friday 05/01/09: 5-6 p.m.: Bravo: Ladies First (includes telecast of the Oaks)
• Saturday 05/02/09: Noon-3 p.m.: ESPN: Today at the Kentucky Derby
3-5 p.m.: ESPN: Kentucky Derby Special
4-5 p.m. : NBC: Kentucky Derby Pre Event Show
5-7 p.m.: NBC: The Kentucky Derby