SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — Kenny Rice, an Eclipse Award-winning broadcaster who has worked for NBC Sports covering thoroughbred racing since 1999, will serve as the master of ceremonies for the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Friday, Aug. 3. The event begins at 10:30 a.m. at the Fasig-Tipton sales pavilion and is open to the public and free to attend. The ceremony will also be streamed live on the Museum’s website www.racingmuseum.org.
Rice has enjoyed an accomplished and diverse career in broadcast media. Along with covering the Triple Crown, Breeders’ Cup and numerous other marquee thoroughbred events, he has covered the Olympics three times, serving as a play-by-play announcer for both boxing and equestrian. He has also contributed to NBC’s Football Night in America, served as play-by-play announcer for college basketball and been a co-host for the World Equestrian Games.
Since 2003, Rice has also worked for Mark Cuban’s HDNet/AXSTV as host of the groundbreaking Inside MMA, while also doing play-by-play for college basketball, pro and college football, boxing and mixed martial arts. Rice was one of the early national “stringers” for ESPN in the 1980s, covering a variety of sports. In the 1990s, he served as host/reporter for the network’s Road to the Triple Crown and Breeders’ Cup series and host for 2Day At The Races.
Rice won an Eclipse Award in 1996 and received the Charles Englehard Award for lifetime contributions to the thoroughbred industry that year. He has hosted the Eclipse Awards four times. A native of McDowell, Ky., Rice graduated from the University of Kentucky.
The 2018 Hall of Fame class is comprised of thoroughbreds Heavenly Prize and Preakness; trainer William Lakeland; and Pillars of the Turf Elias J. “Lucky” Baldwin, August Belmont I, Cot Campbell, Penny Chenery, John W. Galbreath, Arthur B. Hancock, Sr., Hal Price Headley, John Morrissey, Dr. Charles H. Strub, Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney, Harry Payne Whitney and William Collins Whitney.
For more information about the Museum, including special events and program offerings, call 518-584-0400 or visit www.racingmuseum.org.
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