TSN Adds Belmont Stakes as Canadian Horse Goes For Triple Crown

Canadian horse I’ll Have Another will try to complete the Triple Crown on Saturday afternoon. As a result, TSN has signed a three year deal with NBC Universal to show the Belmont Stakes for the next three years. The deal does not include the other two legs of the Triple Crown, the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness. Both of those races air on NBC. TSN was the Canadian broadcast of the Belmont Stakes for many years when ABC held American rights.

Here is TSN’s press release.

TSN announced today the network has signed a three-year deal with NBCUniversal Television Canada to air the Belmont Stakes – the final leg of horse racing’s prestigious Triple Crown. TSN’s coverage begins this year with Jockey Mario Gutierrez and Canadian thoroughbred I’ll Have Another looking to make history on Saturday by winning the elusive Triple Crown. TSN has live coverage of the Belmont Stakes on June 9 at 5 p.m. ET.

“There is nothing bigger in horse racing than winning the Triple Crown and we are thrilled to be able to bring the Belmont Stakes to Canadians for the next three years,” said Shawn Redmond, Vice-President of Programming and Marketing, TSN. “We’ll be joining all Canadians in cheering on I’ll Have Another on what could be a momentous occasion in Canadian sports history.”

I’ll Have Another will attempt to become the first horse in 34 years to capture horse racing’s elusive Triple Crown after winning the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes earlier this year.

In addition to live coverage on TSN, the 144th running of the Belmont Stakes will also air live on TSN Radio 1050 in Toronto and TSN Radio 990 in Montreal. Following the race, the Belmont Stakes post-race show will air at 7 p.m. ET on TSN2.

TSN’s Katherine Dolan will be onsite at the Belmont in New York, filing reports for SPORTSCENTRE and keeping race fans updated with highlights and post-race reactions.

Also known as the ‘Run for the Carnations,’ the BELMONT STAKES is the longest of the three Triple Crown races at a mile-and-a-half and is considered the hardest to win. The winner of the BELMONT STAKES takes home a total cash purse of $1 million (USD).

The Belmont Stakes joins a packed weekend of major live event on TSN and CTV including UEFA EURO 2012, the Canadian Grand Prix, French Open Finals, NBA Playoffs and NASCAR Sprint Cup: Pocono 400.

9 thoughts on “TSN Adds Belmont Stakes as Canadian Horse Goes For Triple Crown

  1. Judging by the fact they didn’t take all three races, this is a clear and ridiculous ratings grab. If it wasn’t a Canadian looking to win tomorrow, they would have just kept not giving a shit.

  2. “NBCUniversal Television Canada”? I’ve never heard of this entity until now…

  3. He’s out of the race … I hope TSN kept the receipt, maybe they can ask for a refund.

    • I do wonder what TSN would have run in that slot before this contract was signed – probably some magazine show. Even if they ran the Belmont now and got low ratings, it may only be a small hit for them. I can’t imagine they paid top dollar for these rights.

      They knew they were taking a gamble, and this time, they lost.

      • With I’ll Have Another not racing today, the streak extends to 34 years where a horse has not won the triple crown. To see a horse based in Canada win the Triple Crown would have been special. Maybe it will happen next year… :(

  4. How about replaying some old hockey game.That always works on Canucks.

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