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2012 Belmont Stakes: TV Coverage Being Expanded By NBC

I'll Have Another will be bidding to become horse racing's first Triple Crown winner since 1978 in the Belmont Stakes on June 9 at Belmont Park. NBC Sports, which holds the broadcast rights for the event, will try to take full advantage. The network says that both NBC and NBC Sports Network will combine for "extensive additional coverage" beyond the 61/2 hours initially planned.

USA Today says that since 2000 Belmont Stakes broadcasts not involving a potential Triple Crown have drawn a 4 percent share of U.S. households, while races with a potential Triple Crown winner garnered a 10.1 percent share.

Post time for the Belmont Stakes is 6:30 p.m. ET. Live coverage on NBC is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. Exact details of the additional coverage have not yet been released. We will pass them along when they are made available.

In the meantime, stay with our Belmont Stakes Storystream for all your Belmont Stakes news, odds and analysis. You can also visit anddownthestretchtheycome for more on the race.