Run for the roses

It’s been 34 years since we’ve had a triple crown winner. Will this be the year?
Twenty horses are scheduled to run in the 138th Kentucky Derby Saturday at 4 p.m. on NBC. Just over two minutes later, only one will have a chance at this year’s Triple Crown.
Bodemeister jumped out of the gate as the early favorite, just ahead of Union Rags. One of them could be remembered like Secretariat, or fade as another trivia answer after their glorious ride.
The fillies race in the Kentucky Oaks Friday at 5 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The second round of the NHL playoffs continues, with a pair of Game 3s on NBC Sports network Thursday. New Jersey hosts Philadelphia at 7:30 p.m., and the Blues travel to Los Angeles at 10 p.m.
Friday, Nashville battles Phoenix in Game 4 at 7:30 p.m. The Capitals host New York in Game 4 Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on NBC, and the Kings try to advance against St. Louis Sunday at 3 p.m. The Devils-Flyers close the weekend Sunday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The NBA playoffs also continue, with a doubleheader on TNT Thursday – Heat at Knicks at 7 p.m. followed by Oklahoma City taking on Dallas.
ESPN rejoins the playoff fun Friday at 7:30 p.m., with the third game between the Hawks and Celtics. The Lakers travel to Denver at 10:30 p.m., while the Bulls and 76ers meet on ESPN2 at 8 p.m. There’s two more games on ESPN Saturday afternoon – Indiana vs. Orlando at 2 p.m. followed by the Grizzlies meeting the Clippers.
TNT has the primetime schedule Saturday, with Game 4 of Oklahoma City-Dallas at 7:30 p.m. before San Antonio visits Utah.
Sunday afternoon, ABC has an Eastern Conference doubleheader with the Bulls-76ers at 1 p.m. before the Knicks face the Heat.
The Celtics host the Hawks Sunday at 7 p.m. on TNT, with the Lakers at Nuggets in the nightcap.
The Orioles try to extend their hot start this weekend in Boston, playing Friday and Saturday on MASN2 and Sunday on MASN. The Nationals close a series with Arizona Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN, then face the Phillies for the weekend. The first two games are on MASN, with the finale part of ESPN’s Sunday night package.
Fox offers a trio of games Saturday at 4 p.m. – Diamondbacks-Mets, Brewers at Giants and White Sox against Tigers. The Yankees visit Kansas City Sunday at 2:10 p.m. on TBS.
NASCAR heads to Talledega this weekend, with coverage at noon on Fox. ABC carries the Nationwide race Saturday at 3 p.m.
Charlotte hosts the PGA tour this weekend, starting Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
Philadelphia plays Seattle in MLS action on NBC Sports network Saturday at 4:30 p.m. D.C. United head to Toronto Saturday, starting at 4 p.m. on Comcast-plus, while ESPN shows the Galaxy against the Red Bulls Saturday at 8 p.m.
It’s SEC baseball Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast, as Florida takes on Kentucky, while ESPN2 offers South Carolina against Arkansas Saturday at 1 p.m. Houston meets Rice from Conference USA Sunday at 2 p.m. on Comcast.
Top 10 teams meet on the softball diamond twice this weekend – ESPN2 has Florida-Alabama Saturday at 4 p.m. while Oklahoma hosts Texas at 2 p.m Sunday on ESPN.
NBC Sports network has the IIHF ice hockey tournament, with the United States meeting France Friday at 5 a.m.



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