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Eddie Olczyk to join NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the 2015 Kentucky Derby


April 28, 2015     E-mail this page to a friend!

NBC Sports Group lead hockey analyst and veteran horse racing enthusiast Eddie Olczyk will join NBC and NBCSN coverage of the 2015 Kentucky Derby as a handicapper, his first-ever assignment as a commentator at the event. Olczyk previously worked NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the 2014 Breeders’ Cup and the “Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series: Win and You’re In” on NBC and NBCSN. He will serve as a handicapper for NBC Sports Group’s full Triple Crown horse racing coverage this year.

In his horse racing debut last June on NBCSN’s coverage of the $500,000 Gold Cup in the “Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series: Win and You’re In” from Santa Anita, Olczyk correctly picked the longshot winner in both races on the telecast, Majestic Harbor, at odds of 14-to-1, in the Gold Cup, and Sheza Smoke Show, at 10-to-1, in the Senorita Stakes.

“There's nothing like hockey and horses at this time of year,” said Olczyk. “After working on NBC Sports Group's horse racing coverage last summer through Breeders’ Cup, I'm thrilled to join the team for the Triple Crown season.”

“Eddie’s knowledge of and enthusiasm for the sport of horse racing is infectious,” said Rob Hyland, Coordinating Producer for NBC Sports Group. “We are happy that what started out as a labor of love for him has turned into a regular role on our horse racing telecasts, which are the premier events in the sport.”

As lead NHL analyst for NBC Sports Group, Olczyk’s Kentucky Derby assignment comes in the midst of his NHL Stanley Cup Playoff duties. In the 18 days between the start of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 15 through the May 2 Kentucky Derby, Olczyk will have served as an analyst on at least six hockey games (in cities ranging from Nashville to New York), and as a handicapper on many of the 19 races NBC Sports Group is covering live from Churchill Downs in Louisville.