The 2019 Kentucky Derby will be the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby, and will take place on Saturday, May 4, 2019, in Louisville, Kentucky. The field is open to 20 horses, who qualify for the race by earning points on the 2019 Road to the Kentucky Derby.
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The 145th Kentucky Derby is May 4, 2019!
Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019
Location: Churchill Downs, Louisville, KY
The Kentucky Derby is an entire day filled with celebration, but the actual Derby event only lasts a few minutes. Once you have your dazzling Derby hat on and a refreshing mint julep in hand, it’s time to turn your attention to the big race.
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Last year’s winning horse, Justify, crossed the finish line just two minutes, four seconds, and 20 milliseconds after the race began, so make sure your television, computer, or streaming app is set ahead of time. These are the best ways to stream and watch the 2019 Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 4, 2019.
The Kentucky Derby will air on NBC, with coverage beginning on May 4 at 12:00 p.m. ET, with a Kentucky Derby Undercard airing on NBC Sports. Click here to find your local NBC Sports channel. Then, from 2:30 p.m. through 7:30 p.m. ET, tune in for the 145th Kentucky Derby on NBC. The riders will mount their horses at 6:31 p.m. and the race will officially begin at 6:50 p.m. ET. The official Kentucky Derby website has a full schedule of the day’s events here.
The Derby will also be available to stream on the NBC Sports App, which can be downloaded in the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Amazon FireTV, Roku, Xbox, Samsung, and Microsoft. It will also be streamed live on the NBC Sports Live website. Viewers can also stream the race online through TwinSpires.com, a horse racing betting site.
Follow along with the action with through the Derby’s social media– viewers can watch live from the Churchill Downs Backside on Facebook starting at 7:30 a.m. ET on the day of the race. Catch behind the scenes action of the races by following @kentuckyderby or #kyderby on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and Pinterest.
Welcome to Horse Racing Nation’s Kentucky Derby Daily, which will each day leading up to the May 4 race at Churchill Downs detail all the news and notes related to contenders in one convenient space.
Omaha Beach arrived by van Tuesday afternoon to Churchill Downs amid a 2019 Kentucky Derby season in which we’ll get to see plenty of the top choices do significant training under the Twin Spires.
“Official” training begins Saturday, with a 15-minute window of exclusive time on track for only Derby and Kentucky Oaks contenders at 7:30 ET each morning. Churchill Downs bringing back its live streaming show to analyze what you’re seeing, with these horses, in points order, already on the grounds…
2. Omaha Beach
4. Plus Que Parfait
6. By My Standards
13. Long Range Toddy
17. Country House
• Trainer George Weaver has relocated Blue Grass (G2) winner Vekoma to his base at Palm Beach Downs in Florida with plans calling for him to ship in race week. Todd Pletcher also has based there Cutting Humor and Spinoff, and he said “recent history shows it is not necessary to have a work over the track.”
• Florida Derby (G1) winner Maximum Security is already back to work at the Palm Meadows training center in Florida. Last year, Servis did not work his first Derby starter, Firenze Fire, at Churchill.
• Trainer Bob Baffert has his two other top points earners, Roadster and Game Winner, at Santa Anita Park. Last year, he did not work his Derby contenders at Churchill.
• Code of Honor and War of Will are both located at Keeneland, on the work tab since their final preps and pointed toward final breezes under the Twin Spires.
• Tax and Haikal, who ran behind Tacitus in the Wood Memorial (G2), are based in New York. Kiaran McLaughlin has said Haikal will work just once between races.
• Win Win Win will do his training up to the Derby at Maryland’s Fair Hill, with his final work occurring there, too.
• Gray Magician, the UAE Derby (G2) runner-up, has shipped back to trainer Peter Miller’s base at the San Luis Rey Downs training center in California. He will ship in the week of the race.
• Master Fencer, Japan’s contender, is scheduled to travel to the U.S. on April 23, will quarantine in Chicago, then van to Keeneland on April 25 before arriving to Churchill the Tuesday of race week.
Derby-Season Coverage in 2019 NBC Sports!
NBC Sports will expand its horse racing programming in 2019, including a collaboration with Churchill Downs on a new magazine-style series and the addition of a pair of crucial prep races.
In partnership with Churchill Downs, NBC Sports will debut a new Road to the Kentucky Derby series this spring, leading up to NBC’s coverage of the 145th Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) May 4.
In March, NBCSN will debut the first of four 30-minute Road to the Kentucky Derby episodes that will showcase the stars of the sport, telling the stories behind the horses and the legendary race. Produced by Churchill Downs, the episodes will provide viewers with an inside look of the extensive preparations for the first leg of the Triple Crown. Keith Wetzler, executive producer of broadcast at Churchill Downs, will produce the series.
In addition, NBC Sports will add the Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby (G2) and Arkansas Derby (G1) to its lineup of 2019 Triple Crown prep races on NBCSN next spring. The first episode of the Road to the Kentucky Derby series will debut following the Louisiana Derby March 23.
NBCSN is home to the six biggest prep races in 2019, leading up to NBC Sports’ coverage of the “Run for the Roses” at Churchill on the first Saturday in May. A month of prep-race coverage on NBCSN begins with the Louisiana Derby, followed one week later by the Xpressbet Florida Derby (G1) March 30. Racing continues on NBCSN with “triplecast” coverage of the Wood Memorial Stakes presented by NYRA Bets (G2), the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G2), and the Santa Anita Derby (G1) April 6, before the Arkansas Derby April 13.
NBC Sports’ coverage of the 2019 horse racing season begins with the Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes (G1) Jan. 26 at 4:30 pm ET on NBC.
NBC Sports Live Coverage!
In addition fans can catch all the action of the run for the roses in spectacular high definition via NBC Sports Live Extra online at NBCSports/LiveExtra.
Watch Derby on NBC
All times and dates are subject to change and are ET. Find your local NBC channel on the NBC Sports Channel Finder.
2019 Prep Race Schedule
|Sat, March 23rd||5:30 PM||Louisiana Derby||NBCSN|
|6:30 PM||Road to Kentucky Derby Episode||NBCSN|
|Sat, March 30th||6:00 PM||Florida Derby||NBCSN|
|After Race||Road to Kentucky Derby Episode 2||NBCSN|
|Sat, April 6th||5:30 PM||Wood Memorial, Blue Grass Stakes & Santa Anita Derby||NBCSN|
|After Race||Road to Kentucky Derby Episode 3||NBCSN|
|Sat, April 13th||7:00 PM||Arkansas Derby||NBCSN|
|Sat, April 20th||4:30 PM||Road to Kentucky Derby Episode 4||NBCSN|
2019 Derby Week Schedule
|Thurs, May 2nd||12-4:00 PM||Road to Kentucky Derby Recap 1-4 & Derby Access||NBCSN|
|Thurs, May 2nd||4- 6:30 PM||Thurby- Live Coverage||NBCSN|
|Fri, May 3rd||12-6:30 PM||Kentucky Oaks- Live Coverage||NBCSN|
|Sat, May 4th||12-2:30 PM||Kentucky Derby Undercard- Live Coverage||NBCSN|
|Sat., May 4th||2:30 PM||Kentucky Derby – Live Coverage||NBC|
Watch Live on Derby Social
|Mon, April 29th||11 AM||Live from Churchill Downs Oaks Post Position Draw||Kentucky Derby Facebook|
|Tues, April 30th||11 AM||Live from Churchill Downs Derby Post Position Draw||Kentucky Derby Facebook|
|Oaks & Derby Day||7:30 AM||Live from the Churchill Downs Backside||Facebook only|
|Oaks & Derby Day||8:30 AM||Morning Show||An overview of the days events with handicapping tips for the race card|
|Derby Day||12:30-2:30 PM||Derby Red Carpet||NBC Sports|
|Derby Day Post Race||TBD||Winner’s Press Conference||Churchill Downs Media Center|