COMCAST SPORTSNET CALIFORNIA PRESENTS LIVE COVERAGE OF EL CAMINO REAL DERBY FROM GGF

COMCAST SPORTSNET CALIFORNIA PRESENTS LIVE COVERAGE OF EL CAMINO REAL DERBY FROM GGF

COMCAST SPORTSNET CALIFORNIA PRESENTS LIVE COVERAGE OF EL CAMINO REAL DERBY FROM GOLDEN GATE FIELDS
ON SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (February 9, 2012) – Comcast SportsNet California, the home of “Authentic Bay Area Sports,” will present live on-site coverage of the El Camino Real Derby, live horse racing from Golden Gate Fields in Berkeley, California, on Saturday, February 18 from 4-5 p.m. PT.  The network’s comprehensive one-hour coverage will feature an in-depth race preview, retrospectives of the Bay Area’s historic racing legacy, analysis, live interviews, and feature stories, culminating with the 31st running of the El Camino Real Derby.  

The Grade 3 $200,000 El Camino Real Derby is Northern California's premiere race for Kentucky Derby hopefuls.  Three-year-olds will be in the spotlight in this 1 1/8-mile (nine furlongs) test on Golden Gate Fields' synthetic Tapeta racing surface.  The Kentucky-bred colt Russian Greek, winner of the California Derby, and the Kentucky-bred filly Lady of Fifty, winner of the California Oaks, are among the scheduled starters in this year's El Camino Real Derby.  Russian Greek and Lady of Fifty are both trained by Hall of Famer Jerry Hollendorfer, who has saddled a record five El Camino Real Derby winners.

Comcast SportsNet’s coverage of the El Camino Real Derby is co-hosted by veteran broadcaster Ted Robinson, alongside HRTV’s renowned analyst Scott Hazelton. The broadcast team also includes race-caller Michael Wrona; contributing analyst/handicapper Sam Spear who also hosts KNBR 680 AM’s “At The Track” ; and on-track reporter Mindi Bach.

Comcast SportsNet California’s coverage of the 2012 El Camino Real Derby will re-air later that evening (Saturday, February 18) at 9 p.m.

In 30 runnings (1982-2011), the El Camino Real Derby has produced a Kentucky Derby winner and Horse of the Year (Charismatic-1999), two Kentucky Derby runners-up (Cavonnier-1996 and Casual Lies-1992), five Preakness Stakes winners (Charismatic-1999, Tabasco Cat-1994, Snow Chief-1986, Tank’s Prospect-1985, and Gate Dancer-1984), a Belmont Stakes winner (Tabasco Cat-1994), and a Belmont Stakes runner-up (Ten Most Wanted-2003).

El Camino Real Derby graduates have made it to Triple Crown races four of the past six years.  Chocolate Candy, the 2009 El Camino Real Derby winner, ran fifth in the Kentucky Derby.  Tres Borrachos, the third-place finisher in the 2008 El Camino Real Derby, ran ninth in the Preakness Stakes.  Bwana Bull, the 2007 El Camino Real Derby victor, ran 15th in the Kentucky Derby.  Cause to Believe, the 2006 El Camino Real Derby winner, finished 13th in the Kentucky Derby.  

Comcast SportsNet Bay Area’s SportsNet Central and Chronicle Live will present week-long coverage of the El Camino Real Derby with the latest news and analysis, interviews and feature stories.  SportsNet Central is the place for local fans to turn seven nights a week with half-hour newscasts at 6 p.m., 10:30 p.m. and midnight.  Chronicle Live airs live Monday-Friday from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. and features high energy, interactive roundtable discussions and debates covering the hottest sports stories and topics on the minds of sports fans throughout Northern California.  Visit CSNBayArea.com for more information.

About Comcast SportsNet:
Comcast Sports Group, part of the NBC Sports Group, consists of 14 local networks that deliver 2,400 sporting events annually and breaking news and analysis to more than 50 million cable and satellite homes. Comcast Sports Group’s sports networks are: Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, Comcast SportsNet California, Comcast SportsNet Chicago, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, Comcast SportsNet New England, Comcast SportsNet Northwest, Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, SNY, The Mtn. – Mountain West Sports Network, CSS and Comcast Sports Southwest.  Comcast Sports Group also manages NECN (New England Cable News), the nation’s largest regional news network, and The Comcast Network, based in Philadelphia and Washington, which delivers community-oriented programming. For more information, see ComcastSportsNet.com.

About Golden Gate Fields:
Golden Gate Fields, owned by The Stronach Group, is located along the bay on the Albany/Berkeley border.  Golden Gate Fields commenced its first meeting on Feb. 1, 1941 and has been the venue for many of horse racing's greatest moments.  The legendary jockey Bill Shoemaker scored his first career victory at Golden Gate Fields, and the track has showcased equine stars such as Citation, Noor, John Henry, and Lost in the Fog.  In addition to Shoemaker, the track has hosted riding greats such as Johnny Longden, Laffit Pincay, Jr., Chris McCarron, Gary Stevens, and Russell Baze.  Hall of Fame trainers such as Charlie Whittingham, D. Wayne Lukas, Jack Van Berg, Bobby Frankel, and Jerry Hollendorfer have sent out winners at Golden Gate Fields.  For more information: visit goldengatefields.com