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NBC Sports Group begins Kentucky Derby coverage Wednesday

NBC Sports Group will begin its 14 1/2 hours of Kentucky Derby coverage at 4 p.m. Wednesday on NBC Sports Network with "Kentucky Derby Classics" on Mine That Bird. That will be followed by the Kentucky Derby draw at 5 p.m.

Thursday on NBCSN, "Kentucky Derby Classics" features Animal Kingdom at 4 p.m., followed by "Kentucky Derby Access" at 5 p.m.

On NBCSN Friday, I’ll Have Another will be the featured horse on "Kentucky Derby Classics" at 4 p.m. The Kentucky Oaks follows at 5 p.m.

Saturday's coverage on NBCSN starts at 11 a.m. with Kentucky Derby preraces. Coverage of the Kentucky Derby starts at 4 p.m. on NBC Sports (WNYT-13 locally). NBCSN will have a postrace wrapup at 7 p.m.

NBC Sports Group coverage of the Kentucky Derby will feature co-hosts Bob Costas, a 24-time Emmy Award-winner, and veteran NBC Sports commentator Tom Hammond; analysts Randy Moss and Hall-of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey; analysts/handicappers Mike Battaglia and Bob Neumeier; NBC Sports Network host Laffit Pincay III; reporters Kenny Rice, Donna Brothers and Jay Privman; and race caller Larry Collmus. Michelle Beadle of Access Hollywood and co-host of The Crossover on NBC Sports Network, will provide features and interviews, and Coco Rocha, supermodel coach on Oxygen’s The Face, will talk Kentucky Derby fashions and handle celebrity interviews.

Overall, NBC Sports Group will have 27 1/2 hours of Triple Crown coverage.

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