NBC to televise Triple Crown races

NBC will broadcast all three legs of horse racing's Triple Crown through 2015, reuniting the sport's three biggest jewels on one network for the first time since 2005.

NBC Sports Group announced yesterday that NBC and Versus will provide more than 25 hours of race coverage centered around the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes. Terms were not disclosed.

NBC has carried the Derby and Preakness since 2001. The Belmont was carried by ABC from 2006-2010.

Versus will carry the Kentucky Oaks, the filly version of the Kentucky Derby, and broadcast other significant races during the Triple Crown season.

Super Saver's win in the Derby last May drew 16.5 million viewers, the most watched Run for the Roses in over 20 years.

The Triple Crown starts May 7 with the Derby.

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