The 2018 Kentucky Derby is the 144th annual Kentucky Derby, scheduled to take place on Saturday, May 5, 2018 in Louisville, Kentucky. The field is open to 20 horses, with a purse of US$2 million. The Kentucky Derby, is a horse race that is held annually in Louisville, Kentucky, United States, on the first Saturday in May, capping the two-week-long Kentucky Derby Festival. Last year’s winning horse, Always Dreaming, crossed the finish line just two minutes, three seconds, and 59 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 2018 Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 5, 2018.
How to stream the Kentucky Derby online
144th Kentucky Derby
Date: May 5, 2018, 7:30 AM PDT
Location: Churchill Downs, Louisville, Kentucky, United States
The Kentucky Derby will air on NBC, with coverage beginning the day before the race on May 4 on NBC Sports. On May 5, Derby programming will begin 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 7:20 p.m. ET, tune in for the 144th Kentucky Derby on NBC. The race is set to begin at 6:34 p.m. ET. The official Kentucky Derby website has a full schedule of the day’s events.
How long is the Kentucky Derby?
The race began in 1875 as 1.5 miles but was shortened to 1 1/4 miles — or 10 furlongs — in 1896.
As the moniker “the most exciting two minutes in sports” might indicate, the race doesn’t take long. But twice it didn’t even take two minutes to crown a champion: 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat still holds the race record at 1 minute and 59.4 seconds and 2001 champion Monarchos won in 1 minute and 59.97 seconds.