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Derby Preps to NBC

I really like this move for increasing the coverage during the run-up to the Kentucky Derby. NBC will televise this year's runnings of the G2-Louisiana Derby, G2-Lane's End Stakes, G1-Santa Anita Derby, G1-Wood Memorial, G1-Blue Grass, and the G1-Arkansas Derby. The first show will be on USA while the other two will air on NBC.

My frustration with ESPN's horse racing broadcasts has been reaching an all-time high recently (inconsistent display of fractions and running order, and almost universally bad camera angles), so a move to NBC might just be the competiton to spur some improvements in the telecasts. Furthermore, NBC won't be displaying that horrid "news ticker" during each race like on ESPN...that alone will reduce my blood pressure by a factor of five.