When Does the 2019 Kentucky Derby Start?: The 2019 Kentucky Derby is speedily approaching and all the fans are excited about it. The Derby is held each year on the first Saturday in May, at the completion of the two-week-long Kentucky Derby Festival. This season of Kentucky Derby is going to be the 145th running and it is going to take place on Saturday, May 4, 2019. The field is presently open to 20 horses that succeed for the race by making points on the 2019 Road to the Kentucky Derby.
The race is basically a Grade I stakes race which is organized for three-year-old Thoroughbreds at a distance of one and a quarter miles (2.0 km). Although your Kentucky Derby celebrations will probably take your complete day or else the entire weekend, if you’re at Churchill Downs, it’s usually termed as the most thrilling two minutes in sports for a reason: the real horse race is only going to last about two minutes. In fact, in the year 2018, the winner of the season, Justify, finished the race in just about two minutes, four seconds, and 20 milliseconds.
The 2019 Kentucky Derby is amazing for many reasons and one of the best reasons for this year incredible horse racing is that the purse for the 2019 Derby has been increased and this year it will be $3 million, with the winner taking home $1.86 million, $600,000 for second place, $300,000 for third place and $150,000 for fourth place, as well as $90,000 for fifth. This marks a major increase in the prize money: from the year 2005 to 2018 when the purse was merely $2 million.
Well, all the fans must be eager to know the important details of the tournament especially those who are not able to visit the venue. Well, you don’t need to worry about it as you can spectate the match from your home only through live broadcast. With this article, we are here to provide you all the details about the competition from its schedule to its Live TV Coverage. So, let’s get started….
2019 Kentucky Derby Live TV Coverage
A TV audience of more than 20 million is likely to watch the 145th Kentucky Derby which is going to be held at Churchill Downs on Saturday, May 4, 2019.
A lot of more races, comprising the Kentucky Oaks on Friday, May 3, is also going to be aired live as the broadcaster also make use of its NBC Sports channel. This year’s live TV reporting from Churchill Downs is also being presented online at NBC Sports as well as through the NBC Sports Live App, accessible on iOS and Android.
Furthermore, the Kentucky Derby Contender trials were aired live every single day commencing from April 20th and will go on till May 2nd from 7 am to 8 am (EST) on the official Kentucky Derby Facebook & Twitter accounts.
2019 Kentucky Derby: TV & Media Schedule
The main event of Kentucky Derby is going to be broadcast as part of a five-hour live broadcast on NBC from 2:30 pm ET, along with the official post time for the 2019 Kentucky Derby set for around 6:50 pm ET.
Date: 3rd May 2019
Time: 12 to 2:30 pm ET
Event: Kentucky Derby Undercard
Date: 4th May 2019
Time: 2:30 pm to 7:30 pm ET
Event: Kentucky Derby 145