NBC’s 2 1/2 hours of planned coverage Saturday afternoon of the Belmont Stakes was supposed to center on I’ll Have Another, the 3-year-old colt who has captivated the sports world (and beyond) trying for horse racing’s first Triple Crown in 34 years. But the horse was pulled from the race today after suffering a tendon injury during training, turning the Belmont into pretty much just another race. That’s an awful turn of events for NBC Sports, which certainly was planning to devote all its coverage to I’ll Have Another, its trainer Doug O’Neill and the rest of the team and watch the monster ratings come in. The network last year signed a big deal to consolidate the Triple Crown races under its flag and had caught lightning in a bottle with this colt, which won one of the best races I’ve ever seen last month at the Preakness to set him up for a chance to be only the 12th horse to take the Triple Crown. Now it’s off to the much more lucrative stud farm for I’ll Have Another, while scribes scrap the first drafts of those Seabiscuit 2 scripts.
Well, Forget That 'I'll Have Another' Biopic
What's Hot on Deadline
Bill O'Reilly To Matt Lauer On His Firing From Fox News & Sexual Harassment Claims: "This Was A Hit Job"
Tucker Carlson Blasts Emmys; Calls It A "Remarkable Triumph Of Identity Politics Over Art & Entertainment"
Latest TV News
- Herb Scannell Tapped To Be CEO Of Mitú, Latino-Focused Video Producer
- Amazon Studios Inks Overall Deal With ‘Stranger Things’ Writer Justin Doble
- ‘Shark Tank’s Daymond John Inks With Gersh
- Comedy Central’s ‘The Opposition With Jordan Klepper’ Announces Team Of Citizen Journalists
- Zefr Taps Fox Networks Group’s Toby Byrne As President
- Bill O’Reilly To Matt Lauer On His Firing From Fox News & Sexual Harassment Claims: “This Was A Hit Job”