NBC’s Coverage Leads Where to Watch/Listen Schedule for the 150th Belmont Stakes

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A scene from Belmont Stakes day 2017. (Eclipse Sportswire)

The 150thBelmont Stakes on June 9 brings added attention and excitement to Thoroughbred racing this year as Justify attempts to become the sport’s 13thTriple Crown winner. A Triple Crown is on the line for the first time since 2015, when American Pharoah broke a 37-year drought and generated an interest in horse racing far beyond the norm.

Therefore, media coverage is justifiably (pardon the pun) amped up in anticipation of another Triple Crown winner, with NBC Sports’ comprehensive broadcast of the Belmont Stakes as its centerpiece. Coverage begins on NBCSN with a Belmont Access show on Friday, June 8, from 5-6 p.m. ET. On Saturday, June 9, NBCSN will broadcast from 2-4 p.m. ET live from Belmont Park, featuring several graded stakes races on the loaded undercard, before switching to NBC from 4-7 p.m. ET for more undercard races and then the Belmont Stakes. Post time for the Belmont is scheduled for approximately 6:46 p.m. ET.

NBC’s coverage will be anchored by hosts Mike Tirico and Bob Costas, and they are joined by analysts Randy Moss and Jerry Bailey, reporters Donna Barton Brothers, Carolyn Manno, Britney Eurton, Laffit Pincay III, and Kenny Rice, handicapper Eddie Olczyk, and race caller Larry Collmus.

Highlights of NBC’s Belmont coverage include:

  • a behind-the-scenes feature accompanying Justify’s trainer Bob Baffert following the Preakness Stakes, joining Baffert as he visits 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in Kentucky;
  • A feature on Justify’s jockey Mike Smith, including a trip to New Mexico to see how Smith got his start in racing;
  • A feature on Justify’s beginnings as a racehorse, visiting Glennwood Farm where he was born in Kentucky;
  • The return of a special aerial camera over the full backstretch for the Belmont Stakes, following its successful implementation at the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve and Preakness Stakes.  The camera hovers 15-18 feet above the backstretch and can travel alongside the horses up to 80 miles per hour.

In addition, NBC Sports will present several encores of the documentary “Dark Horses” throughout the week leading up to the Belmont Stakes. The film chronicles the 1989 rivalry between Sunday Silence and Easy Goer that encompassed all three Triple Crown races and ended in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. Encore airings are in the list below.

Belmont Stakes coverage will also be on NBC Sports’ website and on the NBC Sports App. A mosaic of three different camera angles filming the Belmont Stakes will be presented on the app, including a “Collmus cam” focusing on race caller Larry Collmus. All NBC and NBCSN Belmont coverage will also be available on the website and app via NBC’s “TV Everywhere” service.

The NBC Sports App’s coverage also includes bonus analysis from NBC commentators and replays and highlights from the Kentucky Derby and Preakness.

On the radio side, a highlight of the week's coverage is “The Winner’s Circle” podcast, presented by SB Nation and America’s Best Racing. The upcoming podcast airs June 9 at 10 a.m. Eastern on SB Nation Radio and on the SB Nation Radio app and is hosted by Bram Weinstein. Scheduled as featured guest on Belmont Stakes day is Chris Mara, a member of the Starlight Racing group co-owns Justify and the senior vice president of player personnel for the NFL’s New York Giants.

For online coverage, XBTV will be onsite from Belmont Park for coverage leading up to and including the June 9 racecard. The Belmont Stakes draw will take place at Citi Field, home of the New York Mets, on Tuesday, June 5 at 5:30 p.m. ET and will be streamed live on NYRA's website

Here’s a guide of television, radio, and online coverage during Belmont Stakes week:

TV Schedule

Date

Program

Time

Network

June 6

"Dark Horses" encore presentation

8 p.m.-9 p.m.

NBCSN

June 8

Belmont Access broadcast from Belmont Park

5 p.m.-6 p.m.

NBCSN

June 8

Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes recap

6 p.m.-7 p.m.

NBCSN

June 8

"Dark Horses" encore presentation

7 p.m.-8 p.m.

NBCSN

June 9

"Dark Horses" encore presentation

8 a.m.-9 a.m.

NBCSN

June 9

Live broadcast from Belmont Park featuring the Belmont Stakes undercard

2 p.m.-4 p.m.

NBCSN

June 9

Live broadcast of the 150th Belmont Stakes (post time 6:46 p.m.)

4 p.m.-7 p.m. 

NBC

 Note: All times listed are Eastern

Radio Schedule

Date Program Time Network
June 5 At The Races with Steve Byk: Andy Serling, Horse Health, and Jeremy Plonk 9 a.m. Thoroughbred Radio Network
June 5 Jock Talk presented by Tito's Handmade Vodka 6 p.m.-7 p.m. HRRN
June 6 At The Races with Steve Byk: eNicks' Pedigree Expert Sid Fernando, Tourney Talk, and more 9 a.m. Thoroughbred Radio Network
June 6 Xpressbet Radio 3 p.m.-6 p.m. HRRN
June 6 Trainer Talk Presented by Fasig-Tipton 6 p.m.-7 p.m. HRRN
June 7 At The Races with Steve Byk: Shedrow Confidential with Steve Haskin, Vegas Racebook with Richard Eng, and more 4:30 p.m. Thoroughbred Radio Network
June 7 Xpressbet Radio 3 p.m.-6 p.m. HRRN
June 7 Brisnet.com Call-In Show 6 p.m.-7 p.m. HRRN
June 8 At The Races with Steve Byk: Weekend Preview with Daily Racing Form correspondents, Brisnet's Ed DeRosa, and other guests 9 a.m. Thoroughbred Radio Network
June 8 Xpressbet Radio 3 p.m.-6 p.m. HRRN
June 8 Weekend Stakes Preview Presented by NYRA Bets 6 p.m.-7 p.m. HRRN
June 9 Equine Forum Show 8 a.m.-10 a.m.  HRRN
June 9 "The Winner's Circle," presented by America's Best Racing in conjunction with SB Nation Radio, with host Bram Weinstein and scheduled featured guest Chris Mara 10 a.m.  SB Nation Radio
June 9 Belmont Stakes undercard races broadcast from Belmont Park Presented by VisitBarbados.org 2 p.m.-5 p.m. HRRN
June 9 Belmont Stakes broadcast from Belmont Park in conjunction with NBC Sports and Presented by Red Brand Fence and Twinspires.com 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m. HRRN

 Note: All times listed are Eastern

Online Video Schedule

Date Program Time Website
June 5 Belmont Stakes Post Position Draw from Citi Field 5:30 p.m.

NYRA.com 

 Note: All times listed are Eastern

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