By Demian Russian
Sirius XM Radio (NASDAQ:SIRI) will be offering live, comprehensive coverage of the 137th running of The Kentucky Derby, the first jewel of thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown, from Churchill Downs, this Saturday, May 7th.
Sirius XM Satellite Radio listeners will hear Horse Racing Radio Network’s live race coverage of the 137th “Run for the Roses” starting at 5:00 pm ET on Sirius channel 93 and XM channel 209. The live broadcast will also be available to subscribers on the Sports Zone channel on SiriusXM Internet Radio and through the SiriusXM Internet Radio App for the Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, as well as several BlackBerry and Android-powered smartphones.
Prior to the live race broadcast and throughout the week, Sirius XM’s horse racing talk shows will provide listeners with the latest news and analysis leading up to the event.
Every weekday afternoon At The Races with Steve Byk will broadcast live from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm ET from Churchill Downs in Kentucky. Byk will be conducting daily interviews with handicapping experts and trainers, as well as offer an in-depth look at the field.
On Saturday, a special pre-Derby edition of Down The Stretch, hosted by Dave Johnson and Bill Finley, will air live from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm ET. Johnson, the acclaimed track announcer who called the Derby for 24 years, along with Finley will discuss all the stakes races happening that day at Churchill Downs, provide the latest Derby news and pre-race analysis, and interview jockeys, trainers and owners. Guests on the program are scheduled to include Kentucky Derby-winning jockeys Steve Cauthen, who rode Affirmed to win the Triple Crown, and two-time winner Eddie Delahoussaye, in addition to trainers Nick Zito, Graham Motion and Jinks Fires, owner Mike Repole and others.
Sirius XM will broadcast all three races of the 2011 Triple Crown. Listeners will hear HRRN’s coverage of Saturday’s Kentucky Derby, the 136th Preakness Stakes on Saturday, May 21st, and the 143rd Belmont Stakes on Saturday, June 11th. All three race broadcasts will air live starting at 5:00 pm ET.