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Mike Tirico taking over for Tom Hammond at Kentucky Derby

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Big Blue Nation’s very own Tom Hammond will step into a much smaller role during this year’s Kentucky Derby and Triple Crown coverage on NBC.

The UK grad will instead host his own 30-minute special called “My Kentucky Home” on NBCSN during Derby week, after passing on his usual duties as host of NBC’s horse racing coverage to someone else.

Mike Tirico, who did his first horse racing broadcast with Hammond at this past Breeders’ Cup, is that someone else. Tirico is your new voice in horse racing, at least for the time being.

“As I embark on a less demanding schedule at NBC, I can rest assured that the coverage of thoroughbred racing is in good hands,” Hammond said in the Tuesday press release. “That sport is very close to my heart, so I am pleased that Mike, a highly accomplished professional, will assume the role as leader of the superb NBC horse racing team.”

Hammond holds a degree from UK in animal science with graduate studies in equine genetics. He anchored the Breeders’ Cup coverage for over 30 years, dating back to the first one in 1984.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

6 Comments for Mike Tirico taking over for Tom Hammond at Kentucky Derby

  1. Shane523
    4:04 pm April 25, 2017 Permalink

    Man, Tirico is Mr steal your girl these days. Everywhere

  2. the ghost of Bill Hicks
    4:26 pm April 25, 2017 Permalink


  3. rickwhitetx
    4:34 pm April 25, 2017 Permalink

    That’s a shame. I grew up watching Tom Hammond do sports on channel 18. We’re all getting older.

  4. TBW3011
    5:39 pm April 25, 2017 Permalink

    I like Tirico. Preferred someone who knows the ins and outs of the sport though.

  5. Big DAWG Loggin
    6:03 pm April 25, 2017 Permalink

    Tirico is a likeable guy. But, like Costas, he went to Syracuse. So there’s that. We need some new KENTUCKY blood in the media. I love Tom Hammond. Hate to see him winding down (it was bad enough when he no longer called the ND football games).

  6. UKnowMe
    11:39 pm April 25, 2017 Permalink

    Love some Tom Hammond. At least they are giving him a vehicle to ride off into the sunset instead of just kicking him out,