NEW YORK – August 3, 2011 – NBC Sports presents live coverage of the 86th edition of harness racing’s “Greatest Race,” the Hambletonian from the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J., Saturday 3-4 p.m. ET. The Hambletonian is one of America’s oldest sporting events dating back to 1926, showcasing legendary Standardbred horses.
The Hambletonian is the richest horseracing event of its kind with a $1.5 million purse. The Oaks, which will also be aired live, will highlight the best three year-old fillies.
As part of the broadcast, NBC Sports will present a feature on Pastor Stephen, who will run in the Hambletonian. He is named for Rev. Stephen Heinzel-Nelson, pastor of the Allentown Presbyterian Church where one of Pastor Stephen’s owners, Jimmy Takter, is a parishioner. In addition to honoring Reverend Heinzel-Nelson, Takter and the horse’s other owners have decided to give 5 percent of Pastor Stephen’s earnings this year to support development projects in the African nation of Malawi.
Tom Hammond, Gary Seibel, Kenny Rice and Donna Brothers call the action.
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TRAINING FOR TAHOE: BRIAN AND HIS FAMOUS FANS, SUNDAY, 4 P.M. ET
NBC Sports presents “Training for Tahoe: Brian and His Famous Fans,” airing this Sunday at 4 p.m. ET. Brian Baumgartner of NBC’s “The Office” goes into training with elite athletes as he prepares for his athletic moment at the American Century Celebrity Golf Tournament. Blake Griffin, Apolo Ohno, Aaron Rogers, Justin Tuck, Michael Strahan and Ndamukong Suh join in on no-holds barred training and comedy as we watch Brian try to keep up in his quest to save strokes before facing the cameras in Lake Tahoe.