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Lexington-based Horse Racing Radio Network to broadcast all three Triple Crown races

The Lexington-based Horse Racing Radio Network announced Wednesday it will broadcast all three Triple Crown races for the first time this year.

Having broadcast the Preakness Stakes since 2008 and providing national coverage of the Belmont Stakes three of the past four years, HRRN reached an agreement with Churchill Downs to take on the Kentucky Derby as well.

"The Triple Crown is the most coveted title in our sport and the Kentucky Derby is the most prestigious event in Thoroughbred racing," said Mike Penna, president of the Eclipse Award-winning HRRN. "As a lifelong racing fan, the opportunity to broadcast the Triple Crown is a tremendous honor and privilege."

The 137th Kentucky Derby launches the Triple Crown series on May 7, and is followed by the 136th Preakness on May 21 and the 143rd Belmont on June 11.

"We are excited to work with the experienced team of broadcasters and racing journalists at HRRN to bring the excitement of Kentucky Derby 137 home to radio and on-line listeners around the world," said Churchill Downs President Kevin Flanery.

In addition to radio uniting all three Triple Crown races, NBC Sports recently announced that it would televise all three this year.

HRRN broadcasts — available on affiliates around the country — can be heard in Lexington on HANK-FM 96.1.

In addition to the Triple Crown races, HRRN will broadcast several Derby prep races, including Saturday's Tampa Bay Derby and Timely Writer Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs. The broadcast begins at 4:30 p.m.