Horse racing’s Triple Crown series is set to kick off with the 2021 Kentucky Derby.
Saturday’s race will serve as the first leg of the Triple Crown, which also includes the Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes. Twenty horses and jockeys will participate in the Kentucky Derby, including betting favorite Essential Quality.
Here is everything you need to know about the 2021 Kentucky Derby, including the post time and how to watch the event.
What time is the Kentucky Derby today?
Date: Saturday, May 1
Post time: 6:57 p.m. ET
TV coverage: NBC
Coverage of the 2021 Kentucky Derby will begin at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC. The race, which has a post time of 6:57 p.m. ET, will be held at at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.
What channel is the Kentucky Derby on?
TV channel: NBC
Live stream: NBCSports.com
NBC will broadcast the 2021 Kentucky Derby and provide analysis both before and after the race. The network will also broadcast the Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes later this year.
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.
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.
Below is all the information that you need to know about the 2021 Kentucky Derby.
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.
Churchill Downs is still restricting attendance, but some 45,000 fans are expected watch the Kentucky Derby 2021 live in person. We hope for the return of some truly outrageous hats. And of course, race watchers at home can mix up their own mint juleps and follow along.
There are 20 horses in this year’s field, and they’ll run the 1.25 mile track in the hope of a first place finish and a $3 million prize. The Kentucky Derby is the first leg of the Triple Crown of horse racing, followed by the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes.
The 2020 edition was won by Authentic, from trainer Bob Baffert, who’s going for a record-extending 17th Triple Crown win. Current Kentucky Derby 2021 odds favor Essential Quality, who is the 2-1 favorite. Baffert’s Medina Spirit comes in at 11-1.
Here is everything to know about how to watch the Kentucky Derby 2021 online.