Is horse racing entering a peak period?
It might be a bit early to make any exclamations such as that, but NBC is probably doing cartwheels today after the ratings for the Kentucky Derby were revealed.
The Nielson overnight figures revealed that NBC had drawn a 10.4 rating and a 23 share for the race, an increase of 16 percent from last year. Even the pre-race coverage was up, as it did 15 percent better than 2012.
Those ratings were the highest overnight rating for a Kentucky Derby telecast since ABC's 1992 broadcast drew a 10.9 rating and a 29 share. That year Lil E Tee won.
This year's winner, Orb, appears poised to challenge for the Triple Crown, which should draw outstanding ratings for the other two legs of the race.
Shug McGaughey, Orb's trainer, said that the three-year-old is going to go for it.
"I'm looking forward to getting the process going again and seeing what happens and go from there," McGaughey said.
The next part of the Triple Crown is the Preakness Stakes, which occurs on May 18. If Orb pulls that off, the final part is the Belmont Stakes, which occurs June 8.
What are your thoughts on the sport? Can Orb do it?