5 sec ago Don’t miss!~The Triple Crown is slated to get underway on the first weekend in May — and on a usual schedule for the first time since 2019. The COVID-19 pandemic severely altered the Triple Crown schedule in 2020, but everything is back on track for the 2021 Kentucky Derby.
How to watch the 2021 Kentucky Derby
Date: Saturday, May 1
Post time: 6:57 p.m. ET
Location: Churchill Downs
TV: NBC | Stream: Watch Here
The Kentucky Derby, traditionally held on the first Saturday in May, is one of the most well known Grade 1 Thoroughbred stakes races in the world. First run in 1875, this 1 1/4-mile (10 furlongs) race kicks off the American Triple Crown of horse racing.
The iconic Kentucky Derby will be ran as the first leg of the Triple Crown and will take place on Saturday, May 1. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Kentucky Derby actually served as the second leg of the Triple Crown in 2020, with Authentic winning the storied race.
The Kentucky Derby normally starts off the chase for the Triple Crown and helps decide which horse will be the focal point of the Triple Crown chatter. Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear expects a limited number of fans to be able to attend this year’s Kentucky Derby. No fans were permitted to attend the 2020 Kentucky Derby, which took place in September.
When and where is the 2021 Kentucky Derby?
The 147th running of the Kentucky Derby is set for Saturday, May 1, 2021 with coverage beginning at 12 p.m. ET on NBCSN, NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app before moving from NBCSN to NBC at 2:30.
The Derby is held on the dirt track at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., where it has been held since its inaugural running in 1875.
How can I watch the 2019 Kentucky Derby?
NBC is home to the 147th Kentucky Derby, providing comprehensive race coverage and analysis live on TV and NBCSports.com before, during and after. NBC will also broadcast the 2021 Kentucky Oaks, 2021 Preakness Stakes and 2021 Belmont Stakes.
How are horses picked for the Derby?
Only 3-year-old Thoroughbreds can qualify for the Kentucky Derby. Eligible horses compete in the Road to the Kentucky Derby, a series of prep races around the world. Horses win points for finishing in the top four spots, and the 20 horses with the most points at the end of the series gain entry into the Derby. (However, sometimes horses will scratch, giving another the opportunity to run in the Derby.)
Related: Kentucky Derby 2021 post positions, opening odds
Who won the 2020 Kentucky Derby?
Hall of Famer Bob Baffert’s colt Authentic outlasted a stretch duel with heavy favorite Tiz the Law to win the 146th Kentucky Derby, which was run on the first Saturday in September instead of the first Saturday in May due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This was Baffert’s sixth Kentucky Derby win and the third for Authentic’s jockey John Velazquez.
Also because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Kentucky Derby was the second race of the 2020 Triple Crown and it was run without fans in the stands.
How to watch Kentucky Derby 2021 in the UK
British horse racing fans can tune into the Kentucky Derby on Sky Sports, with coverage starting at 8:45 p.m. BST. Post time is approximately 11:57 p.m. (so you’ll have to stay up a bit late).
For Americans abroad who want to use the services they already pay for, check out ExpressVPN.
How to watch Kentucky Derby 2021 in Canada
Canadians can get all the Kentucky Derby action on TSN, with coverage starting at 2:30 p.m. ET and the post time at 6:57 p.m.
How to watch Kentucky Derby 2021 in Australia
Bad news for racing enthusiasts Down Under — the Kentucky Derby doesn’t seem to be airing on any Australian channels.
The best option is to look into ExpressVPN to find an available live stream.
What are the biggest Kentucky Derby traditions?
Bold formal outfits for both men and women are synonymous with the Kentucky Derby. Celebrities and fans a like go all out, donning creative and colorful hats, bright colors and wild patterns. In fact, hats and outfits are such a big part of the Kentucky Derby that the Derby Museum has a whole exhibit for the most lavished fashions.
The Mint Julep, made with Kentucky bourbon, is the signature drink of the Derby, and Kentucky’s state song “My Old Kentucky Home” is played during the pre-race post parade. After the race, the champion horse is given the iconic garland of roses in the winner’s circle.
Betting and horse racing go hand in hand. There will be a whole weekend of stacked racing cards at Churchill Downs, but the Kentucky Derby takes the betting cake.