Horse Racing Radio Network (HRRN), the Eclipse Award-winning broadcast organization based in Lexington, KY, announced today they have reached an agreement with all three Triple Crown racetracks for HRRN to provide the national radio broadcast of the 2011 Triple Crown. Having reached an agreement with Churchill Downs Incorporated, HRRN will provide the exclusive broadcast of the 137th Kentucky Derby on Saturday May 7th, before moving on to Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, MD for the 136th Preakness Stakes on Saturday, May 21st, then traveling to New York for the final jewel in the crown, the 143rd Belmont Stakes on Saturday, June 11th.
Having broadcast the Preakness Stakes since 2008 and providing national coverage of the Belmont Stakes three of the past four years, HRRN will broadcast the Kentucky Derby for the first time in 2011.
“The Triple Crown is the most coveted title in our sport and the Kentucky Derby is the most prestigious event in thoroughbred racing,” said Mike Penna, President of HRRN. “As a life-long racing fan, the opportunity to broadcast the Triple Crown is a tremendous honor and privilege. We take great pride in making our listeners feel as if they are sitting next to us during our broadcasts and look forward to showcasing these days to racing fans around the world.”
“We are excited to work with the experienced team of broadcasters and racing journalists at HRRN to bring the excitement of Kentucky Derby 137 home to radio and online listeners around the world,” said Churchill Downs Racetrack President Kevin Flanery. “From the rich pageantry to the colorful personalities to the legendary ‘Run for the Roses’ itself, we know the team at HRRN will help us share this year’s unforgettable Derby experiences with race fans who can’t join us in person but will certainly join us in spirit as we crown another Derby champion on the first Saturday in May.”
“We are pleased the Preakness Stakes will be covered by HRRN for the fourth consecutive year,” said Mike Gathagan, Maryland Jockey Club Vice President of Communications. “The network’s national radio broadcast allows racing fans from around the world to be a live witness to this first-class event at Pimlico Race Course.”
“We are thrilled that once again HRRN will be providing coverage of New York’s premier race, the Belmont Stakes,” said NYRA Director of Communications and Media Relations Dan Silver. “With the NBC Sports Group uniting the Derby, Preakness, and Belmont Stakes on television, and HRRN uniting all three races on radio, it promises to be a great year of coverage for our sport’s Triple Crown.”
HRRN’s Triple Crown broadcasts will air live from 5:00-7:00 ET for all three legs, and will be carried on HRRN affiliates throughout the country. HRRN’s coverage will also be broadcast to service men and women around the world on the American Forces Network, and streamed live on the HRRN website,www.horseracingradio.net.
HRRN has scheduled 30 hours of Triple Crown coverage beginning Wednesday, May 4th with their popular Derby Countdown Show hosted live from Churchill Downs. In addition, HRRN will broadcast several major prep races starting with the Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby on Saturday, March 12th.
A complete broadcast schedule can be found on the HRRN site.