HRTV (R) will again venture to Churchill Downs to provide comprehensive, on-site coverage of the 137th edition of the Kentucky Derby, beginning with Opening Day at the historic Louisville, KY track on Saturday, April 30.
The network's wall-to-wall coverage of the "Run for the Roses" will feature the origination of HRTV's "Pursuit of the Crown," on a daily basis, commencing on Opening Day which, for the first time, will have a special 6 p.m. ET post time.
The informative show will be co-hosted by Laffit Pincay III and Jeff Siegel, and they will be joined by Hall of Fame jockey, Gary Stevens, former top rider Richard Migliore, as well as Scott Hazelton, Caton Bredar and Jill Byrne. The half-hour show has offered an in-depth look at the leading contenders, and key prep races, each week throughout the winter. (A second "Pursuit of the Crown" show has been added for Derby eve at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. Complete HRTV Derby-related schedule below.)
"RaceDay America" will preview racing action from Churchill, and across the country, on the majority of race days leading up to the Saturday, May 7 Kentucky Derby. The show will begin at 11:30 a.m. ET most days, with Kentucky Oaks and Derby Day post times necessitating an earlier start (10 a.m. ET).
HRTV will continue to fortify its thorough on-site coverage of the fabled "Run for the Roses" when "Westrock Coffee First Call" makes the trip to the Twin Spires. Co-hosted by Aaron Vercruysse and Jeff Siegel, the show made its traveling debut to Oaklawn Park for the Arkansas Derby, and will be live at Churchill on both Oaks and Derby Day, getting the day off to a fast start at 8:30 a.m. ET.
Again this year, the network will provide live coverage of the Derby post position draw on Wednesday at approximately 5 p.m. ET.
The network offers fans a complete analysis of the field when it presents a special 30-minute edition of "The Edge" on Friday, May 6 at 8:30 p.m. ET, devoted solely to analyzing the Kentucky Derby. The network's stable of top-flight hosts and analysts in Louisville will be joined on the show by their team members from HRTV's home base in California to offer detailed analysis, and selections, for the sport's biggest race.
Thursday’s installment of “Against the Odds” will be one-hour (8:30 p.m. ET) to cover all of the races available from Churchill Downs on Friday and Saturday. Additionally, HRTV will present a comprehensive look at this year's five key Derby preps, when it airs "HRTV Encore," on Monday, May 2 at 6:30 p.m. ET.