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AWARD WINNING ANNOUNCER JIM KELLY TO HOST CITGO RACING TO THE KENTUCKY DERBY SERIES
Popular ESPN host/commentator Jim Kelly has been selected to host the 2001 Citgo Racing to the Kentucky Derby series, it was announced today by NTRA Productions. Kelly will join Randy Moss on all eight episodes of the series, with Charlsie Cantey and Jeannine Edwards also providing commentary during the series.
Kelly has covered a wide variety of sports during his more than 35 years behind the microphone. He is perhaps best known for hosting the 1986-87 America's Cup in Australia, an event for which he won a CableAce Award in the Sports Host category. Kelly has hosted four additional America's Cups since 1987.
Kelly is no stranger to horseracing. From 1978-1982, he was a sports anchor at Philadelphia's WCAU-TV, which won the 1980 Eclipse Award for local horseracing coverage. Kelly also hosted CBS's Eclipse Award-winning telecasts of the 1983 Belmont Stakes and 1985 Travers Stakes.
"We're delighted to have an announcer of Jim Kelly's caliber to host Citgo Racing to the Kentucky Derby," said Ben Cambra, vice president of NTRA Productions. "Kelly is a pro's pro and his presence will add significantly to the series."
The Citgo Racing to the Kentucky Derby series kicks off on February 18 with coverage on ESPN2 of the Risen Star Stakes from Fair Grounds in New Orleans and expanded coverage of the previous day's Fountain of Youth Stakes from Gulfstream Park. All series programs will air on either ESPN (audience: approximately 78 million households) or ESPN2 (approximately 74 million households).
The complete Citgo Racing to the Kentucky Derby schedule is as follows:
Date Network Event(s) and Location(s) Airtime (ET)
Feb. 18 ESPN2 Risen Star Stakes, Fair Grounds, New Orleans 5:00-6:00
March 11 ESPN2 Louisiana Derby, Fair Grounds, New Orleans
March 18 ESPN2 Gotham Stakes, Aqueduct, Ozone Park, N.Y.
March 24 ESPN Turfway Spiral Stakes, Turfway Park, Florence, Ky. 4:00-5:00 p.m.
April 7 ESPN Santa Anita Derby, Santa Anita, Arcadia, Calif. 5:00-6:00
April 14 ESPN Wood Memorial, Aqueduct, Ozone Park, N.Y.
April 21 ESPN2 Coolmore Lexington Stakes, Keeneland, Lexington, Ky.
April 29 ESPN2 Triple Crown Special 2:00-3:00 p.m.
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