01/02/2008 1:00AM

NBC's Derby telecast wins media Eclipse


NBC Sports has won the media Eclipse Award for national television, live racing, for its production of the 2007 Kentucky Derby, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Wednesday.

The Kentucky Derby telecast, which was produced by Sam Flood, aired on May 5 from Churchill Downs in Louisville. The two-hour telecast captured the dramatic come-from-behind victory of Street Sense and the exuberance of winning jockey Calvin Borel during his return to the winner's circle.

This is the seventh consecutive year that NBC Sports has won the live television media Eclipse Award.

As a part of the production, NBC used an aerial camera to isolate Borel guiding Street Sense as he passed 18 horses in the field before taking the lead in midstretch.

NBC's telecast was hosted by Bob Costas and Tom Hammond, who were joined by analyst Gary Stevens, handicappers Bob Neumeier and Mike Battaglia, and reporters Donna Brothers and Kenny Rice. Tom Durkin was the race caller. Executive producers were Dick Ebersol and David Neal. Rob Hyland co-produced the broadcast.