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Sports NBC whiz Steve Kornacki becomes gambling expert for Preakness: 'Like looking at election returns'

02:30  16 may  2021
02:30  16 may  2021 Source:   usatoday.com

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Sir, please find a pillow. Photo: Nathan Congleton/ NBC /NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images. During the definitely more than daylong period of election analysis, there’s no rest for the quant-y. That’s especially true if you’re as dedicated to the art of map-pointing as MSNBC’s apparently literally restless Steve Kornacki . Kornacki spent most of the last night furiously working away at his big electoral map and occasionally being caught on the “ Kornacki Cam,” and according to the Washington Post, it wasn’t until it was nearly noon that he even took his first break.

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BALTIMORE – Underneath the Pimlico Race Course grandstand, a man in his signature khakis, button-down shirt and tie is breaking down numbers.

a group of people standing in front of a building: Steve Kornacki breaks down the AFC playoff picture. © Courtesy of NBC Sports Steve Kornacki breaks down the AFC playoff picture.

The task remains mostly the same for NBC’s Steve Kornacki. But a new role will have him spending more time on the network’s marquee sports properties, including Sunday Night Football and Triple Crown horse racing.

“I’d be watching anyway,” Kornacki told USA TODAY Sports after a TV appearance prior to the 146th Preakness Stakes. “I watch it every year. to actually see how it’s done, work with these guys – pretty cool.”

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NBC News and MSNBC correspondent Steve Kornacki , the data guru who became one of the breakout stars of election night coverage last year, will develop a game show for NBCUniversal’s television and streaming group, and will officially join NBC Sports with plans for appearances during The expanded scope for Kornacki is part of a new deal with the network, according to the Los Angeles Times, which first reported on the new gigs. Kornacki already has appeared on NBC football coverage and the Kentucky Derby, and he’s lately been sizing up the Preakness . He’ll join the sports team in

Kornacki tweeted a photo of the tie he wore throughout the election — perhaps, with the article of clothing holding by a thread but for a few staples, a metaphor for the contest itself — saying it was time to put the striped strip of cloth into retirement. The veteran journalist and election map man received praise and offers of help from his colleagues; MSNBC host Lawrence O'Donnell told Kornacki to "grab a dozen" from his office closet. Others took the opportunity to suggest that the Smithsonian should take the tie — the subject of at least one farcical Twitter account — to commemorate his historic coverage

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In November, after Kornacki rose to social media fame as the presidential election took days to be called, the MSNBC political analyst received a call from the NBC Sports bosses for a shot on “Football Night in America.”

This summer, he’ll be involved in Olympic coverage. He’s not exactly sure how that will look yet, but a few ideas are being fleshed out.

At the track, Kornacki’s angle is gambling. In one segment Saturday, he listed longshot horses that hadn’t raced at the Kentucky Derby prior to the Preakness that placed in the top three or four to be factors in trifectas or superfectas.

Two Saturdays ago, he watched noted high-roller Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale place part of his $2.4 million Kentucky Derby bet in a $100,000 cash installment at a Churchill Downs betting window.

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Kornacki , 41, chatted with NBC ’s Savannah Sellers on Wednesday, telling her that his newfound stardom came as a surprise to him. “Did you know how much the internet loved you?” Sellers asked, presenting a series of headlines about Kornacki . Sellers also showed him a picture of Chrissy Teigen’s phone background, which is a collage of pictures of the journalist. “I don’t like looking at that,” joked Kornacki , who serves as the National Political Correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC. Kornacki earned praise during the election for his ongoing air-time and consistent updates, informing

Steve Kornacki earned praise during the election for his ongoing air-time and consistent updates, informing audiences on the latest poll numbers and sharing his analysis. About one week after suddenly becoming an internet star amid the presidential election , MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki is answering burning questions from fans. Kornacki , 41, chatted with NBC ’s Savannah Sellers on Wednesday, telling her that his newfound stardom came as a surprise to him.

In that moment, it became his job to explain how that affected the odds of other horses.

“Then you start looking at the numbers behind it,” Kornacki said, “and that was what I was able to try and do on the air, is like, ‘OK, this is actually affecting the value (the viewers) are going to get out of the race.’”

Gambling is inherent to horse racing, but with the immersion and legalization of betting in other sports, it’s an angle Kornacki could analyze during NBC telecasts, although he’s unsure that will be prevalent outside of the ponies.

Betting trends can be useful for determining the mood of the fans or the public, Kornacki said. For example, logic would dictate Medina Spirit as the betting favorite for the Preakness. But Midnight Bourbon was the favorite – perhaps a sign the public was pulling away from Medina Spirit and Concert Tour, both Bob Baffert-trained colts.

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MSNBC correspondent Steve Kornacki is tracking votes and stealing hearts in the 2020 election week. Here's Twitter's thirstiest tweets. When we find ourselves in times of trouble, Steve Kornacki comes to us—clad in khakis and armed with a glowing map of the U.S. As the uncertainty of November 4 stretched into hours and days, the MSNBC political correspondent was a pillar of statistics. While we panicked, stress ate, and screamed into the ether, Kornacki remained our dutiful guardian, immune to human needs like food and sleep.

MSNBC’s election night coverage featured a bevy of the cable newser’s all-stars, including Rachel Maddow, Brian Williams, Joy Reid and Nicolle Wallace. But, as was clear to anyone watching Tuesday night, the breakout of the evening was political correspondent Steve Kornacki , master of the interactive touchscreen Jim Clyburn and political strategist David Plouffe. But Kornacki teased some of what was to come when he delivered his first “Holy cow!” of the night, looking at a big lead for Biden in very early voting in Kenton County, Ky. But as the night continued, Reid and Wallace were brought to near

“It’s sort of like looking at election returns,” he said. “How does the public feel? How do the fans feel about a game? Well, where did they put their money?”

Along with NBC hockey and horse racing analyst Eddie Olcyzk – “he’s like a scientist,” Kornacki said – the duo have teamed up this spring for the wagering portion of the broadcasts. Kornacki plays his bets more by gut, a far cry from the data-driven election whiz Americans saw on their televisions.

And even though COVID-19 restrictions limited capacity to 10,000 spectators in the grandstand, Kornacki can still feel the energy, which he feeds off of and actually prefers compared to his usual studio. Fans can walk right up to his and Olczyk's set to watch, unlike the serene set NBC constructed for other parts of its broadcast team by the stables.

“Two minutes before the race, everyone is lining up at the windows, there’s a buzz,” he said. “It’s a fun place to be.”

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: NBC whiz Steve Kornacki becomes gambling expert for Preakness: 'Like looking at election returns'

Medina Spirit passes drug tests, cleared to run in Preakness .
BALTIMORE (AP) — Medina Spirit has passed three rounds of prerace drug testing and been cleared to run in the Preakness on Saturday. Maryland racing officials said Friday tests on the Kentucky Derby winner and fellow Bob Baffert-trained Concert Tour came back with nothing that would cause either to be scratched from the second leg of the Triple Crown. Baffert’s camp agreed to rigorous testing and monitoring of his horses as a condition of entry to the Preakness, after Medina Spirit tested positive for the steroid betamethasone in post-Derby testing.

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