Derby Daze The outlook for Sat’s 133rd running of the Kentucky Derby is as muddled as the Cable Show’s exhibition floor will likely become in a few days. As numerous horses have a legitimate chance to take home the roses, nearly all of the title aspirants also have knocks against them. Depending on your point of view, the plethora of Derby coverage throughout this spring and this week on ESPN, TVG and HRTV serves as either a handicapping boon or bane. For my money, I’ll take all the information I can digest, and the 3 nets have had no trouble obliging. HRTV moved its popular "Target Louisville" series to the famed Churchill Downs race track, offering this week a live version replete with the latest news and notes surrounding the most famous thoroughbred race in the world. "Our coverage is akin to ESPN’s lead-in to the Super Bowl, said HRTV evp/GM Jim Bates. Meanwhile, ESPN saddled 23 hours of Derby-related programming, including content at ESPNRadio.com and on "SportsCenter" and numerous specials. ESPN analyst Randy Moss said the net benefits greatly from having retired jockey Jerry Bailey on its team. "His expertise is unmatched in horse racing," said Moss. TVG specialized this spring in coverage of numerous Derby prep races, themselves a critical component in deciding which horse(s) to back. "We cover all the contenders and all the excitement," said svp/GM David Nathanson. Now, you may ask, just what have I learned from the aforementioned content and sources? Well, plenty… I think. Moss and Nathanson are smitten with Street Sense, who may end up being the post time favorite. Moss also likes Circular Quay and Curlin, a horse that Nathanson calls "a rocket ship." All considered, here are 4 horses to seriously ponder: Street Sense, Nobiz Like Shobiz, Scat Daddy and Hard Spun. Good Luck. CH Highlights "Koppel on Discovery: Living with Cancer," Sun, 8pm, Discovery. The title is literal, as this special’s subject is 2 of the 10mln Americans living with the disease. The saga of Discovery’s Lance Armstrong is profiled, but a more in-depth profile is done on Koppel‘s colleague Leroy Sievers as he confronts a much worse outcome than Armstrong’s. Sievers, who shows no outward signs of cancer, describes the life of a cancer patient starkly and honestly. SA Worth a Look "Secret Lives of Women," Tues, 8pm, WE tv. The new season of this doc series begins well, with a look at polygamy, its practitioners and critics, some of whom work to extricate women and young children. Critics of polygamy estimate 35K Americans are engaged in it. And it’s not a Utah problem: polygamy is practiced across more than 30 states. – "Beau Brummel," Sun, 8pm, BBC America. OK, it’s a period piece about the period’s most influential man of the cloth, the Prince of Wales’ advisor on clothing and a rogue at that, but done extremely well. SA

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