choosing to stay at their home tracks due to quarantine rules

Kentucky Derby Live: Kentucky Derby 2021 Live Stream Reddit 147th Kentucky Derby Undefeated Essential Quality opens as 2-1 Kentucky Derby favorite Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner and Champion 2-Year-Old Male Essential Quality leads the 20-horse field as the 2-1 favorite from the No. 14 position in the 147th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs Kentucky Oaks 2021 Live Stream: How to Watch Online Free

After a year of uncertainty, the Kentucky Derby is back where it belongs, with the race’s 147th running once again taking place on the first Saturday in May.

The 2021 Kentucky Derby will air on May 1 from 12 to 2:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN and from 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC. Coverage is also available to stream live on and on the NBC Sports app.

Fans are expected to return to Churchill Downs after the COVID-19 pandemic severely impacted last year’s race. Thee 146th Kentucky Derby was moved from Saturday, May 2 to Saturday, Sept. 5 and was run without fans in the stands. Several top jockeys were also noticeably absent, choosing to stay at their home tracks due to quarantine rules.

Related: What to know about the 2021 Kentucky Derby

NBC Sports will also air the Kentucky Oaks the day before on Friday, April 30 from 12 to 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN, and the NBC Sports app.

What is the Kentucky Derby?

The Kentucky Derby is the first leg of the American Triple Crown of horse racing. It is historically run on the first Saturday in May. First run in 1875, this 1 1/4 mile—or 10 furlongs—race runs on the dirt track at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, where it has been held since its inaugural running in 1875.

Only 3-year-old Thoroughbreds can qualify for the Kentucky Derby. Eligible horses compete in the Race to the Kentucky Derby, a series of 35 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.

When is the 2021 Kentucky Derby?

The 147th Kentucky Derby is on Saturday, May 1. Coverage begins on NBCSN, and the NBC Sports app at 12 p.m. ET and will move from NBCSN to NBC at 2:30 p.m.

Post time for the 2021 Kentucky Derby is set for approximately 6:57 p.m. ET.

Where is the 2021 Kentucky Derby?

The Kentucky Derby is run at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.

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How can I watch the 2021 Kentucky Derby?

NBC Sports is home to the 147th Kentucky Derby, providing comprehensive race coverage and analysis live on NBC, NBCSN, and the NBC Sports app before, during and after the main event. Coverage begins at 12 p.m. ET.

NBC Sports’ additional Triple Crown coverage:

Saturday, May 15: 146th Preakness Stakes

Saturday, June 5: 153rd Belmont Stakes

Ready to Run for the Roses? It’s almost time to watch the Kentucky Derby 2021 online, for free and without cable if you’ve cut the cord. The Kentucky Derby is back, after last year’s race was delayed until September and then held without spectators due to the pandemic.


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