Known as the "Greatest Two Minutes In Sports", I think the Kentucky Derby combines the excitement of the Super Bowl, NBA Finals and World Series into a single, very brief, horse race. The race has been held at Churchill Downs since 1875 and is the centerpiece of a multi-day party. Here's a look at the schedule of the Kentucky Derby and all the related events (times listed are Eastern Standard Time):
Race fans can watch and track individual horses and can watch their daily workouts, which have already begun and end April 30. Archived workout videos are available.
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With a tradition as long as the Kentucky Derby, the Kentucky Oaks race is another historic horse racing event and will be run on Friday, May 3, with live coverage on the NBC Sports Network from 5 P.M. to 6 P.M. The race is unique in that it's also a fundraiser for women's causes and the dress code for fans and jockeys is pink only. The horses in the race are all female horses, called fillies, and the race is known as "Lillies for the Fillies" as the winning horse gets a garland of lillies.
The Kentucky Derby
The big race itself will happen on Saturday, May 4, with coverage on NBC starting at 4 P.M. The race has a scheduled start time of 6:24 P.M.
For fans attending the Derby races in person, gates open at 8 A.M. with the first race going off at 10:30 A.M. The Kentucky Oaks race is scheduled for 5:45 P.M. on Friday, May 3 and the Derby itself is scheduled for 6:24 P.M. on Saturday May 4.
Where to watch
All of the preliminary events, starting with Derby Classics on May 1, will be broadcast on the NBC Sports Network. The race itself, on Saturday May 4, will be broadcast on NBC (and NBC Sports Network), from 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. NBC Sports Network will celebrate the history of the Kentucky Derby by airing Derby Classics, starting Wednesday, May 1 from 4 P.M. to 5 P.M. The network will also air the draw ceremonies on Wednesday, May 1, from 5 P.M. to 6 P.M.
Derby Classics will air again on Thursday, May 2, from 4 P.M. to 5 P.M., followed by their Derby Access show from 5 P.M. to 6 P.M. Another episode of Derby Classics will air on Friday, May 3 from 4 P.M. to 5 P.M., followed by the running of the Kentucky Oaks from 5 P.M. to 6 P.M.
Saturday, May 4 is all about the Kentucky Derby, with a Derby prep show airing from 11 A.M. to 4 P.M., the race from 4 P.M. to 7 P.M. and a post-Derby show from 7-7:30 P.M. Sirius / XM Radio subscribers can also listen to the races live on the Horse Racing Radio Network, along with a full schedule of pre-race programming.
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