How to Watch the Kentucky Derby on May 1

The Run for the Roses has made its glorious return to the first Saturday of May after the 2020 race took place in September. The 2021 Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve will crown the fastest three-year-old Thoroughbred to run the 1 1⁄4 miles dirt track.The winner will also be going home with the purse of $3 million. Listed below are the 20 horses that will be running at the 147th edition of the event. 

  • Known Agenda (The favorite to win)
  • Like the King
  • Brooklyn Strong
  • Keepmeinmind
  • Sainthood
  • O Besos
  • Mandaloun
  • Medina Spirit
  • Hot Rod Charlie
  • Midnight Bourbon
  • Dynamic One
  • Helium
  • Hidden Stash
  • Essential Quality
  • Rock Your World
  • King Fury
  • Highly Motivated
  • Super Stock
  • Soup and Sandwich
  • Bourbonic

Last year’s event did not have any fans; however, this year around 45,000 spectators will be in attendance. Cord cutters can find out how to watch the first leg of the American Triple Crown and all of the action at the 2021 Kentucky Derby below.

When to watch the 2021 Kentucky Derby

Since 1875, Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky has been the home of the Kentucky Derby and the tradition will continue with coverage of the 2021 race from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN and from 2:30 – 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC on Saturday, May 1. The actual race is expected to start around 6:57 p.m. ET with the jockey’s mounting their horses around 6:30 p.m. ET.

How to watch the 2021 Kentucky Derby

When it comes to watching the 2021 Kentucky Derby without cable, cord cutters have a few different ways to watch every single moment of the most exciting two minutes in sports. AntennaWeb is a great tool you can use to see what NBC channel is available in your area with an antenna.

The event will also be available to watch NBCSports.com and on the NBC Sports app 

Locast: Viewers in one of the 30 markets served by Locast will also be able to watch on their local NBC for free with the service.

Here’s how to watch with a live TV streaming service.

  • fuboTV has NBC and NBCSN covered with the fuboTV Family plan for $65/month.
  • Sling TV offers NBC and NBCSN in select markets with Sling Blue for $35/month.
  • Hulu with Live also carries NBC and NBCSN for $65/month.
  • AT&T TV includes NBC and NBCSN in its base package for $69/month.
  • YouTube TV includes NBC and NBCSN with a $65/month subscription.