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NBC Sports Group offers 11 hours of Belmont Week coverage

NBC Sports Group's 11 hours of Belmont Week coverage begins Thursday at 7:30 p.m. (EDT) with "I'll Have Another -- Charging Toward History" on NBC Sports Network and culminates with the 144th Belmont Stakes on NBC, Saturday at 4:30 p.m.

"I'll Have Another -- Charging Toward History" is a 30-minute special produced by "America's Best Racing" with unprecedented access to I'll Have Another and his connections as he attempts to become the first Triple Crown winner in 34 years.

Immediately following the special, NBC Sports Network will re-broadcast this year's Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. The Derby will re-air from 8 to 10 p.m., with the Preakness taking the 10 p.m. to midnight time slot.

Coverage resumes Friday at 4 p.m., when NBC Sports Network will show the one-hour program "Belmont Classics."

From 5 to 6 p.m. Friday, NBC Sports Network will broadcast live racing from Belmont Park. The day's features, the Grade 3 Jaipur and the Grade 2 Brooklyn Handicap, have post times of 5:10 and 5:44 p.m. respectively.

On Saturday, NBC Sports Network will cover part of the Belmont Stakes undercard from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Coverage shifts to NBC at 4:30 p.m., providing an additional 30 minutes of Belmont programming on the parent network, with the broadcast concluding at 7 p.m.

Switching right back NBC Sports Network, a Belmont Post-Race Show is scheduled from 7 to 7:30 p.m.

Leading the coverage are co-host Tom Hammond and analysts Gary Stevens and Randy Moss, while race caller Larry Collmus will also be featured.

The NBC Sports Group created a channel finder to help fans find NBC and NBC Sports Network in their area by simply entering a zip code.

In other Belmont Week coverage:

A pair of lessons and an onsite visit to Belmont Park will be offered this week in Night School, the racing industry's national online fan education program.

Tuesday's 90-minute, 8:30 p.m. (EDT) session features the season's fourth Newbie Tuesdays program, an entry level approach to fan education and interaction teaching the basics of the game. Newbie Tuesdays are offered the first Tuesday of each month inside the weekly Night School curriculum.

Tuesday's session will be co-hosted by Night School founders Joe Kristufek and Jeremy Plonk, along with Caton Bredar, a former trainer-turned-broadcaster who is a mainstay in Night School.

Thursday's 8:30 p.m. session will feature a Big Event "Belmont Stakes Handicapping Camp," where top analysts will interact with racing fans in handicapping Saturday's big card from Belmont Park.

Also note that the Night School Tour will be rolling into Belmont Park on Saturday for an all-day, on-site seminar featuring the handicappers from Horse Player NOW in conjunction with America's Best Racing. Fans can visit the Racing 101 booth on the track level grandstand throughout the day on Saturday for personalized and small-group handicapping instruction. The Night School Tour recently completed a highly successful fan education program at the Preakness where Pimlico officials reported a 30-percent increase in wagering handle in the infield for Preakness Day.

Horse Racing Radio Network, the Eclipse Award-winning broadcast organization based in Lexington, Kentucky, announced Monday they will begin 13 hours of live Triple Crown coverage from Belmont Park beginning Wednesday.

HRRN will host a series of two-hour morning shows from outside the Belmont Cafe on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday morning. Each show will feature interviews with jockeys, trainers, owners and Belmont Stakes personalities, as well as up to the minute workout reports and top stories surrounding Belmont 144. 

The three "Triple Crown Countdown" shows will be broadcast live from 8-10 a.m. (EDT) on select HRRN affiliates and can be heard via live streaming on the HRRN website, www.horseracingradio.net. SiriusXM will air the Countdown shows nationwide on taped delay from noon to 2 p.m. each day on Sirius 93 - XM 209. 

HRRN will also provide live coverage of the Belmont Stakes post position draw on Wednesday morning beginning at 11 a.m. Draw coverage can be heard exclusively on the HRRN website.

HRRN returns Saturday with six hours of Belmont day coverage beginning with their popular weekly Equine Forum show from 8-10 a.m. followed by live coverage of the Belmont Stakes undercard from 2-4 p.m.  The network's coverage culminates with a two-hour broadcast of I'll Have Another's run at history in the 144th Belmont Stakes from 5-7 p.m.

Fans can tune-in to all Belmont day broadcasts on Sirius 94 – XM 208 and on the HRRN website.  HRRN's broadcast of the Belmont Stakes will also be carried on more than 50 affiliates across the country and broadcast to U.S. service men and women around the globe on the American Forces network. 

HRRN's Eclipse Award-winning broadcast team will be anchored by HRRN President, Mike Penna, along with analysts Jude Feld and Kurt Becker with paddock interviews and commentary provided by Sean Clancy. Lee Dellapina and Michelle Penna will produce. 

A complete Belmont week schedule with affiliates and SiriusXM information can be found here.

The racing channel HRTV will continue its extensive on-site coverage of this year's Triple Crown, when it begins live broadcasts from Belmont Park on Wednesday.

Scott Hazelton, Richard Migliore, Aaron Vercruysse, Jeff Siegel, Zoe Cadman, Peter Lurie and Caton Bredar will all be on-site to combine for daily all-inclusive coverage detailing I'll Have Another's attempt at racing immortality.

The network's on-site involvement will again consist of broadcasting the Belmont Stakes' post position draw on Wednesday at 11 a.m. (EDT).

The "Pursuit of the Crown" show will emanate from Belmont through Sunday, and the half-hour show, which has chronicled the Triple Crown trail since the winter, will provide the latest happenings. HRTV's Westrock Coffee First Call will continue its travels along the Triple Crown path, with one-hour shows Friday through Sunday.

Additionally, HRTV's daily coverage from New York will include in-depth race coverage, the latest up-to-date information, timely interviews with the key connections of Belmont contenders, the latest workouts for Belmont entrants, as well as expert analysis from HRTV's stable of hosts/analysts.  

The network will also feature special segments of Triple Crown programming for racing fans, highlighted by "HRTV Presents: I'll Have Another -- The Journey to the Triple Crown." 

Another expansive grouping of shows will be unveiled on Wednesday. The 2 1/2-hour block will encompass a wide-range of compelling programming that looks at the historic Triple Crown, as well as I'll Have Another's opportunity to join the pantheon of racing legends.

Five consecutive half-hour shows are set, beginning at 8:30 p.m. with "Triple Crown Memories," with HRTV hosts/analysts recounting their favorite Triple Crown memories through the years.

Immediately following will be the debut of "2012 Triple Crown Moments" (9 p.m.) in which HRTV's talent recall their favorite moments from this year's Triple Crown season. The chasm of years since Affirmed's Triple Crown in 1978 has been well-chronicled and members of the network's on-air team will recount their favorite near misses over Belmont's grueling 1 1/2-mile surface in another show -- "Triple Crown Misses" at 9:30 p.m.

I'll Have Another's trainer, Doug O'Neill, and Santa Anita CEO Mark Verge have been friends since childhood, and this unique relationship will be spotlighted in "The Guys: Doug O'Neill and Mark Verge" (10 p.m.).

The final show in the block, "How to Win the Belmont" (10:30 p.m.), will bring together three Hall of Fame jockeys -- Gary Stevens, Laffit Pincay, Jr. and Mike Smith -- as they discuss how to win the "Test of a Champion" over "Big Sandy's" demanding strip, and the best tactical game plan to derail I'll Have Another's bid.

On Thursday, another half-hour show, "Remember a Champion," premieres at 8 p.m. and will present a look at all living Kentucky Derby winners, and their lives today.

Similar to its chronicling of the busy action surrounding the Derby and Preakness, HRTV's fully revamped website will provide "web exclusive" coverage of the wide-ranging activity and festivities during Belmont Week.  

Commencing early Thursday morning, HRTV.com will again provide viewers with unique behind-the-scenes coverage from Belmont, including morning workouts and key interviews, as Carolyn Conley canvasses the bustling activity from the backstretch. 

In addition, HRTV.com will offer a unique sampling of the flavor that is synonymous with New York City.

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