NEW YORK, NY — For the first time in American Sports, mobile viewers can feel like they're on the rail at Pimlico Race Course, whether they're at home or on the go. On Saturday, May 19th, subscribers to mobile channel NBC2Go, offered by Verizon Wireless V Cast Mobile TV, along with over one hundred thousand at Pimlico and millions watching on NBC, will be able to catch NBC Sports' live mobile coverage of the 132nd running of the Preakness Stakes® as Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense continues his quest for the elusive Triple Crown in the middle jewel of the famed Thoroughbred horse racing series.
"NBC Sports is committed to bringing our content to fans wherever they are, so we're excited to launch our first live mobile broadcast with the Preakness Stakes," said Perkins Miller, Senior VP Digital Media, NBC Sports and Olympics.
"Maryland Jockey Club is thrilled with NBC2Go's live mobile coverage of Preakness. Now, one of America's most venerable sporting events is also one of the most advanced. Through NBC's Preakness Stakes Lucky U Game, the recently announced text messaging contest to vote for the horse you think will win the Race, and NBC2Go's mobile streaming of the Preakness, fans can now experience multiple action fun," said Karin De Francis of The Maryland Jockey Club.
NBC2Go, part of the FLO TV ™ service from MediaFLO USA, Inc., is currently available to Verizon Wireless V Cast Mobile TV customers in 30 markets, including New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Las Vegas and Atlanta. For a complete market map, check out www.verizonwireless.com/mobiletv. With FLO TV, MediaFLO USA delivers high-quality, full-length television programming on V CAST Mobile TV capable cell phones.
Coverage of the Preakness Stakes is scheduled on NBC2Go as a live network simulcast from 5:00 pm ET-6:30 pm ET/2:00 pm PT-3:30 pm PT. It will mark the first NBC Sports event that will be offered on the NBCU Digital2Go Mobile linear channels.
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About The Maryland Jockey Club:The Maryland Jockey Club was founded in 1743 and is the oldest sporting association in the United States, counting George Washington and Andrew Jackson as race attendees and members, respectively. In 1873, Baltimore, Maryland's Pimlico Race Course, the nation's second oldest racetrack, hosted the inaugural Preakness Stakes, named after the winner of the Dinner Party Stakes run at Pimlico's first race meet in 1870. Pimlico also hosted the famous match race between War Admiral and Seabiscuit in the 1938 Pimlico Special. The record-breaking 2006 Preakness Stakes attendance, 118,402, was the largest crowd ever to witness a sporting event in Maryland. On May 19, 2007, Pimlico will host the 132nd running of the Preakness Stakes.
The Maryland Jockey Club is a subsidiary of Magna Entertainment Corp. Magna Entertainment is North America's largest owner and operator of horse racetracks, based on revenue, including such major venues as Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park and Pimlico Race Course. Magna Entertainment trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol MECA and the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol MEC.A and can be found on the Internet at www.magnaent.com.