01/10/2008 12:00AM

ESPN to show Derby preps


Six Triple Crown prep races are scheduled to be broadcast live during four racing telecasts on ESPN and ESPN2 beginning March 22, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Thursday.

The races include the Lane's End Stakes at Turfway Park on March 22; the Florida Derby from Gulfstream Park on March 29; the Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland, the Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park, and the Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream, all on April 12; and the Lexington Stakes at Keeneland on April 19.

The broadcasts, along with a one-hour "Triple Crown Special" on May 1 from Churchill Downs, make up the "NTRA Racing to the Kentucky Derby" series.