List of Belmont Stakes broadcasters

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The following is a list of national American television networks and announcers that have broadcast Belmont Stakes.

Television[edit]

2010s[edit]

Year Network Race caller Hosts Analysts Reporters Trophy presentation
2017 NBC Larry Collmus Bob Costas and Mike Tirico Randy Moss, Jerry Bailey, Bob Neumeier and Eddie Olczyk Kenny Rice, Donna Barton Brothers, Laffit Pincay, III and Carolyn Manno Bob Costas and Laffit Pincay, III
2016 NBC Larry Collmus Bob Costas and Tom Hammond Randy Moss, Jerry Bailey, Bob Neumeier and Eddie Olczyk Kenny Rice, Donna Barton Brothers, Laffit Pincay, III and Carolyn Manno Bob Costas and Laffit Pincay, III
2015 NBC Larry Collmus Bob Costas and Tom Hammond Randy Moss, Jerry Bailey, Bob Neumeier and Eddie Olczyk Kenny Rice, Donna Barton Brothers, Laffit Pincay, III, Josh Elliott and Carolyn Manno Bob Costas and Josh Elliott
2014 NBC Larry Collmus Bob Costas and Tom Hammond Randy Moss, Jerry Bailey, Bob Neumeier and Mike Battaglia Kenny Rice, Donna Barton Brothers, Laffit Pincay, III, Josh Elliott and Carolyn Manno Bob Costas and Josh Elliott
2013 NBC Larry Collmus Bob Costas and Tom Hammond Randy Moss, Jerry Bailey, Bob Neumeier and Mike Battaglia Kenny Rice, Donna Barton Brothers, Laffit Pincay, III and Michelle Beadle Bob Costas and Laffit Pincay, III
2012 NBC Larry Collmus Bob Costas and Tom Hammond Gary Stevens, Randy Moss, Bob Neumeier and Mike Battaglia Kenny Rice, Donna Barton Brothers and Laffit Pincay, III Bob Costas
2011 NBC Larry Collmus Bob Costas and Tom Hammond Gary Stevens, Bob Neumeier and Mike Battaglia Kenny Rice, Donna Barton Brothers and Randy Moss Bob Costas
2010 ABC Tom Durkin Joe Tessitore and Kenny Mayne Randy Moss, Jerry Bailey and Hank Goldberg Jeannine Edwards, Jay Privman, Steve Cyphers, Tom Rinaldi and Caton Bredar Tom Rinaldi and Jeannine Edwards

2000s[edit]

Year Network Race caller Hosts Analysts Reporters Trophy presentation
2009 ABC Tom Durkin Joe Tessitore and Kenny Mayne Randy Moss, Jerry Bailey, Hank Goldberg and Rick Reilly Jeannine Edwards, Rece Davis, Jay Privman, Steve Cyphers, Tom Rinaldi and Caton Bredar Rece Davis and Jeannine Edwards
2008 ABC Tom Durkin Brent Musburger, Joe Tessitore and Kenny Mayne Randy Moss, Jerry Bailey, Hank Goldberg and Rick Reilly Jeannine Edwards, Rece Davis, Jay Privman, Steve Cyphers, Tom Rinaldi, Pat Forde and Caton Bredar Rece Davis and Jeannine Edwards
2007 ABC Tom Durkin Brent Musburger, Chris Fowler and Kenny Mayne Randy Moss, Jerry Bailey and Hank Goldberg Jeannine Edwards, Rece Davis, Joe Tessitore and Caton Bredar Rece Davis and Jeannine Edwards
2006 ABC Tom Durkin Brent Musburger, Terry Gannon and Kenny Mayne Randy Moss, Jerry Bailey and Hank Goldberg Jeannine Edwards, Quint Kessenich, Jeremy Schaap, Tom Rinaldi and Thea Andrews Brent Musburger and Jeannine Edwards
2005 NBC Tom Durkin Bob Costas and Tom Hammond Charlsie Cantey, Bob Neumeier and Mike Battaglia Kenny Rice and Donna Barton Brothers Bob Costas and Mike Battaglia
2004 NBC Tom Durkin Bob Costas and Tom Hammond Charlsie Cantey, Bob Neumeier and Mike Battaglia Kenny Rice and Donna Barton Brothers Bob Costas and Mike Battaglia
2003 NBC Tom Durkin Bob Costas and Tom Hammond Charlsie Cantey, Bob Neumeier and Mike Battaglia Kenny Rice and Donna Barton Brothers Bob Costas and Mike Battaglia
2002 NBC Tom Durkin Bob Costas and Tom Hammond Charlsie Cantey, Bob Neumeier and Mike Battaglia Kenny Rice and Donna Barton Brothers Bob Costas and Mike Battaglia
2001 NBC[1][2] Tom Durkin Bob Costas and Tom Hammond Charlsie Cantey, Bob Neumeier and Mike Battaglia Kenny Rice and Donna Barton Brothers Bob Costas and Mike Battaglia
2000 ABC[3] Dave Johnson Jim McKay and Al Michaels Hank Goldberg and Dave Johnson Charlsie Cantey, Lesley Visser and Robin Roberts Jim McKay and Charlsie Cantey
  • Combined broadcast arrangements with ABC continued until 2001, when NBC Sports took over. Under NBC, ratings continued to go up, by as much as 20 percent in some years. It did not hurt that many horses, like Funny Cide and Smarty Jones, were making Triple Crown runs during those years (although all of them failed). From 2002 to 2004, the Belmont had the highest ratings of any horse race on television.
    • After the 2004 race, the New York Racing Association ended its deal with NBC, citing a conflict over profit-sharing arrangements. ABC won the rights to the Belmont, and Triple Crown Productions was effectively dissolved related to bonuses and broadcast rights. The only function that Triple Crown Production still oversees is joint nomination fees and a small joint marketing effort.
    • In 2011, NBC Sports once again became the broadcaster of all three Triple Crown races in separate broadcast deals; including an extension to its existing rights to the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, plus establishing a new 5-year deal to broadcast the Belmont Stakes after ABC and ESPN declined to renew their previous contract. All three deals last through 2015, and include supplementary coverage on NBC Sports Network for all three races. The additional coverage included 14-1/2 hours of Kentucky Derby pre-race coverage including an hour and a half live special for the Kentucky Oaks and six and a half hours of Preakness Stakes pre-race coverage including a one-hour live special on the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes both carried on NBC Sports Network.[4][5]

1990s[edit]

Year Network Race caller Hosts Analysts Reporters Trophy presentation
1999 ABC[6] Dave Johnson Jim McKay and Al Michaels Hank Goldberg and Dave Johnson Charlsie Cantey, Lesley Visser and Robin Roberts Jim McKay and Charlsie Cantey
1998 ABC[7] Dave Johnson Jim McKay and Al Michaels Hank Goldberg and Dave Johnson Charlsie Cantey, Lesley Visser and Robin Roberts Jim McKay and Charlsie Cantey
1997 ABC[8] Dave Johnson Jim McKay and Al Michaels Charlsie Cantey and Dave Johnson Lesley Visser and Robin Roberts Jim McKay
1996 ABC[9] Dave Johnson Jim McKay and Al Michaels Charlsie Cantey and Dave Johnson Lesley Visser and Robin Roberts Jim McKay
1995 ABC Dave Johnson Al Michaels Charlsie Cantey and Dave Johnson Jack Whitaker, Lesley Visser and Robin Roberts Al Michaels
1994 ABC Dave Johnson Jim McKay and Al Michaels Charlsie Cantey and Dave Johnson Jack Whitaker, Lesley Visser and Robin Roberts Jim McKay
1993 ABC Dave Johnson Jim McKay and Al Michaels Charlsie Cantey, Dave Johnson and Steve Cauthen Jack Whitaker and Robin Roberts Jim McKay
1992 ABC Dave Johnson Jim McKay and Al Michaels Charlsie Cantey and Dave Johnson Jack Whitaker and Robin Roberts Jim McKay
1991 ABC Dave Johnson Jim McKay and Al Michaels Charlsie Cantey and Dave Johnson Jack Whitaker and Robin Roberts Jim McKay
1990 ABC[10] Dave Johnson Jim McKay and Al Michaels Charlsie Cantey and Dave Johnson Jack Whitaker and Lynn Swann Jim McKay

Notes[edit]

  • Jim McKay missed the 1995 Belmont, electing to undergo heart bypass surgery.[11]

1980s[edit]

Year Network Race caller Hosts Analysts Reporters Trophy presentation
1989 ABC[12] Dave Johnson Jim McKay and Al Michaels Charlsie Cantey and Dave Johnson Jack Whitaker and Lynn Swann Jim McKay
1988 ABC[13] Dave Johnson Jim McKay and Al Michaels Charlsie Cantey and Dave Johnson Jack Whitaker and Lynn Swann Jim McKay
1987 ABC[14] Dave Johnson [15] Jim McKay and Al Michaels Charlsie Cantey and Dave Johnson Jack Whitaker and Lynn Swann Jim McKay
1986 ABC[16] Marshall Cassidy Jim McKay Charlsie Cantey and Bill Hartack Jack Whitaker and Lynn Swann Jim McKay and Bill Hartack
1985 CBS Marshall Cassidy Brent Musburger Frank I. Wright and Jimmy Snyder Charlsie Cantey Brent Musburger
1984 CBS[17] Marshall Cassidy[17] Brent Musburger[17] Frank I. Wright and Jimmy Snyder[17] Jim Kelly, Phyllis George, and Charlsie Cantey[17] Brent Musburger[17]
1983 CBS[18] Marshall Cassidy[18] Brent Musburger[18] Frank I. Wright and Jimmy Snyder[18] Jim Kelly, Phyllis George, Charlsie Cantey, and John Madden[18] Brent Musburger
1982 CBS[19] Marshall Cassidy Brent Musburger[19] Frank I. Wright and Jimmy Snyder[19] Jim Kelly, Phyllis George, and Charlsie Cantey[19] Brent Musburger
1981 CBS Marshall Cassidy Jack Whitaker Frank I. Wright and Jimmy Snyder Phyllis George and Charlsie Cantey Jack Whitaker
1980 CBS Marshall Cassidy Jack Whitaker Frank I. Wright and Jimmy Snyder Phyllis George and Charlsie Cantey Jack Whitaker

1970s[edit]

Year Network Race caller Hosts Analysts Reporters Trophy presentation
1979 CBS Marshall Cassidy Jack Whitaker Frank I. Wright and Jimmy Snyder Phyllis George and Charlsie Cantey Jack Whitaker
1978[20] CBS Chic Anderson Jack Whitaker Frank I. Wright and Jimmy Snyder Phyllis George and Charlsie Cantey Jack Whitaker
1977 CBS Chic Anderson Jack Whitaker Frank I. Wright and Jimmy Snyder Phyllis George and Charlsie Cantey Jack Whitaker
1976 CBS Chic Anderson Jack Whitaker Heywood Hale Broun and Frank I. Wright Phyllis George Jack Whitaker
1975 CBS Chic Anderson Jack Whitaker Heywood Hale Broun and Frank I. Wright Phyllis George Jack Whitaker
1974 CBS Chic Anderson Jack Whitaker Heywood Hale Broun and Frank I. Wright Heywood Hale Broun and Frank I. Wright Jack Whitaker
1973[21] CBS Chic Anderson Jack Whitaker Heywood Hale Broun and Frank I. Wright Heywood Hale Broun and Frank I. Wright Jack Whitaker
1972 CBS[22] Chic Anderson[22] Jack Whitaker[22] Heywood Hale Broun Heywood Hale Broun and Pia Lindström[22] Jack Whitaker
1971 CBS Chic Anderson Jack Whitaker Heywood Hale Broun and Frank I. Wright Pia Lindström Jack Whitaker
1970 CBS Chic Anderson Jack Whitaker Heywood Hale Broun and Eddie Arcaro Heywood Hale Broun Jack Whitaker

1960s[edit]

Year Network Race caller Hosts Analysts Reporters Trophy presentation
1969 CBS Chic Anderson Jack Whitaker Heywood Hale Broun and Eddie Arcaro Jack Whitaker
1968 CBS Jack Drees Jack Drees and Jack Whitaker Jack Whitaker
1967 CBS Jack Drees Jack Drees and Jack Whitaker Jack Whitaker
1966 CBS[23] Jack Drees[23] Jack Whitaker[23] Bryan Field[23] Jack Whitaker
1965 CBS Jack Drees Jack Drees and Jack Whitaker Jack Whitaker
1964 CBS Bryan Field Jack Drees and Chris Schenkel Jack Whitaker
1963 CBS Bryan Field Jack Drees and Chris Schenkel Jack Drees
1962 CBS Bryan Field Chris Schenkel Chris Schenkel
1961 CBS Bryan Field Chris Schenkel Chris Schenkel
1960 CBS Fred Capossela Chris Schenkel Chris Schenkel

1950s[edit]

Year Network Race caller Color commentator
1959 CBS Fred Capossela Bryan Field and Chris Schenkel
1958 CBS Bryan Field
1957 CBS Fred Capossela
1956 CBS Fred Capossela
1955 CBS Fred Capossela
1954 CBS Bryan Field
1953 CBS Bryan Field
1952 NBC Bryan Field
1951 NBC Bryan Field
1950 NBC Bryan Field

1940s[edit]

Year Network Race caller Color commentator
1949 CBS Bryan Field
1948 CBS Bryan Field

References[edit]

  1. ^ The 133rd Belmont Stakes (2001) home page at Hollywood.com Archived July 19, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "NBC broadcasts its first Belmont Stakes". NBC Sports History Page. 
  3. ^ The 132nd Belmont Stakes (2000) home page at Hollywood.com[dead link]
  4. ^ Sharrow, Ryan (February 22, 2011). "NBC re-ups deal to carry Preakness through 2015". 
  5. ^ Murphy, Jim. "NBC Signs Five Year Deal To Televise Belmont Stakes". belmontstakes.org. Retrieved 20 May 2012. 
  6. ^ The 131st Belmont Stakes (1999) home page at Hollywood.com[dead link]
  7. ^ The Belmont Stakes (1998) home page at Hollywood.com Archived July 19, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ The Belmont Stakes (1997) home page at Hollywood.com Archived July 7, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ The Belmont Stakes (1996) home page at Hollywood.com Archived May 22, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ The Belmont Stakes (1990) home page at Hollywood.com[dead link]
  11. ^ "FURTHERMORE". highbeam.com. Retrieved 20 May 2015. 
  12. ^ The Belmont Stakes (1989) home page at Hollywood.com Archived July 26, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  13. ^ The Belmont Stakes (1988) home page at Hollywood.com
  14. ^ The Belmont Stakes (1987) home page at Hollywood.com[dead link]
  15. ^ Ziehm, Len (5 June 1987). "Calling Belmont treat for Johnson". Chicago Sun-Times. 
  16. ^ The Belmont Stakes (1986) home page at TCM.com[dead link]
  17. ^ a b c d e f McGovern, Mike (June 8, 1984). "CBS stakes rep on Belmont". Reading Eagle. Retrieved March 10, 2013. 
  18. ^ a b c d e Goldberg, Dave (June 9, 1983). "Cosell: A Clinker". The Tuscaloosa News. Retrieved March 10, 2013. 
  19. ^ a b c d "Sports On TV". Daily Times. June 4, 1982. Retrieved March 10, 2013. 
  20. ^ June 10, 1978 In one of horse racing's greatest rivalries, CBS Sports broadcasts the Belmont Stakes that features a stretch-drive run with Affirmed edging Alydar to win and become the last horse to win horse racing's Triple Crown.
  21. ^ June 9, 1973 In one of the great sports moments, CBS Sports broadcasts the Belmont Stakes as Secretariat wins the Triple Crown, beating the rest of the field by more than 31 lengths.
  22. ^ a b c d "Belmont Stakes, Brewers' Game Highlighted". The Milwaukee Sentinel. June 10, 1972. Retrieved 1 May 2011. 
  23. ^ a b c d "Triple Crown Race is Set". Ludington Daily News. June 1, 1966. Retrieved 19 May 2012.