Get your ridiculous hats and mint juleps ready, Derby Day is almost here. The 145th running of the Kentucky Derby 2019 takes place on Saturday, May 4.
Not only is the Grade I stakes competition the first leg of the American Triple Crown and a showcase for three-year-old Thoroughbreds, but it’s also heralded as a yearly stomping grounds for celebrity guests — and, of course, some of the fastest, most thrilling action across the sports spectrum.
Justify stole the show in 2018 with his 2:04.21 finish on a sloppy track — a victory that made him the first Derby-winning horse to never race as a two-year-old in more than 130 years. This year’s competition should be no less thrilling with a $3 million purse and Triple Crown-winning trainer Bob Baffert among those with multiple horses in the field.
Last year, Justify won the Kentucky Derby and went on to become only the 13th horse to win the Triple Crown after also claiming victories at the Preakness and Belmont Stakes. For this year’s Derby, Omaha Beach, Game Winner, Improbable, Maximum Security and Roadster are the favorites. Here’s what you need to know to watch the Run for the Roses.
How to watch The Kentucky Derby 2019
Date: Saturday, May 4
Post time: 6:50 p.m. ET
Location: Churchill Downs (Louisville, Kentucky)
Stream: NBCSports.com, NBC Sports app, fuboTV (Try for free)
NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app will have live streams of the kentucky Derby. To stream the race online, you will need to log in with a pay TV account. If you don’t have a pay TV subscription, you can livestream the race with a live-TV streaming service.
Cable TV cord cutters have a number of options to watch the Kentucky Derby 2019 on NBC. In order to watch NBC’s coverage, however, you’ll need to make sure the service carries your local NBC station.