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.
At last year's race, controversy began at just two minutes, three seconds, and 93 milliseconds. This was when Maximum Security crossed the finish line, seeming to have won the race. However, for the first time in the Derby's 145 year history, the winner was disqualified for impeding other horses and swerving out of his lane. Country House, the second horse to finish, then became the winner.
Needless to say, a lot can happen very quickly in the Kentucky Derby, and with this year's event rescheduled due to the COVID-19 outbreak, it's already certain to be historic.
If you plan on watching, it's important to set your television, computer, or streaming app ahead of time. Here are the best ways to stream and watch the 2020 Kentucky Derby on Saturday, September 5.
The Kentucky Derby will air on NBC, with coverage beginning on September 5 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. ET, tune in for the Kentucky Derby on NBC. The riders will mount their horses at around 6:31 p.m. and the race is expected to officially begin at 6:50 p.m. ET.
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. If you're a cord-cutter, you can also find the race through television streaming services, like Hulu with Live TV, YouTube TV, and AT&T TV Now (formerly DirecTV Now). All of these services also have free trials, so you don't have to commit if you just want to watch the race. Viewers can also stream the race online through TwinSpires.com, where bets can also be placed, or listen to just the audio, free of charge, at horseracingradio.net.
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 7:15 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.
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