2024 Kentucky Derby: How to watch & what to know

May 3, 2024, 7:43 AM

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY - JUNE 06: A scenic tour of the Wanamaker trophy at Churchill Downs on June 06...

(Photo by Gary Kellner/PGA of America)

(Photo by Gary Kellner/PGA of America)

The 150th Kentucky Derby is set to take place this Saturday, May 4th in Louisville, Kentucky.

Where can you watch all of the action? How does the Kentucky Derby work?

Here’s everything that you need to know before Saturday’s race begins at Churchill Downs:

What is the Kentucky Derby?

The Kentucky Derby is the “premier horse race in the United States” held the first Saturday in May every year. It is frequently called the ‘Run for the Roses’ because a blanket of red roses is placed over the winning horse in the winner’s circle.

The Derby field is limited to 20 horses each year, and they qualify for the race through a series of point races. Only horses that are three years old are eligible to race, and it is open to both male and female horses. A filly (a female horse) hasn’t won the Kentucky Derby since Winning Colors did so in 1988.

How long is the Kentucky Derby?

The race is 1 1/4 miles long. Secretariat set the Kentucky Derby record in 1973 with a race time of 1:59 2/5. That record was set 50 years ago and still stands today. The race is commonly referred to as “the fastest two minutes in sports.”

What time does the 2024 Kentucky Derby start?

The post-time for the 150th Kentucky Derby is set for 6:57 p.m. EDT. The Kentucky Derby isn’t the only race on Derby Day at Churchill Downs, as more than ten races will be held beginning at 10 a.m. EDT.

Where can I watch and stream the 2024 Kentucky Derby?

Television coverage for the 2024 Kentucky Derby starts at 2:30 p.m. EDT on NBC. All coverage can also be streamed on Peacock.

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2024 Kentucky Derby: How to watch & what to know