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When is the Kentucky Derby? Day, time, TV schedule, odds

Horse racing will be back in the American sports landscape 11 months after American Pharoah captured the first Triple Crown since And of course, the Kentucky Derby was the biggest step he took along the way before winning the next two races to put himself in the sport's pantheon of greatness.

Will we see more of the same at this year's Kentucky Derby? We don't know, and we don't know how the world will react since we saw the history we'd waited so long for just a year ago. American Pharoah was a truly special horse, after all. But the beauty of the Kentucky Derby is that there will always be a Triple Crown hopeful coming out of it, barring injury. That gives us some excitement entering the Preakness and, with a win at Pimlico, major intrigue for the Belmont Stakes.

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A handful of races this spring go a long way in determining the field and odds for the Kentucky Derby. Good finishes in prep races earn points toward qualifying for the Derby. 

What day is the Kentucky Derby?

The Kentucky Derby, as always, will be held during the first Saturday in May at Churchill Downs in Louisvile, Ky. This year, it falls on May 7, with the Kentucky Oaks run on May 6.

The Preakness Stakes will be two weeks after the Derby, with the Belmont three weeks after that. 

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What time does the Kentucky Derby start? 

There's more to Derby Saturday than just the signature event, which will be run at approximately p.m. ET on May 7. There are more than a dozen undercard races — last year, one even featured Wes Welker's horse Undrafted. It won. 

Kentucky Derby TV schedule, channel

NBC still carries all three Triple Crown horse races each spring, and the network will kick off its coverage with the Kentucky Derby post position draw on NBC Sports Network on Wednesday of Derby week.

NBC Sports Network will also broadcast hours of Kentucky Oaks coverage on Friday beginning at p.m. ET and four hours of Derby undercard races before TV action switches over to NBC at 4 p.m. ET.

Kentucky Derby contenders, odds

The Kentucky Derby prep races wrap up the third weekend in April, the Arkansas Derby the most notable.

Nyquist is unbeaten in seven starts with wins in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile last fall and Florida Derby during the first weekend in April. He's trained by Doug O'Neill, who saddled I'll Have Another, the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner. Exaggerator won the Santa Anita Derby and finished fourth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile. Mohaymen was unbeaten in five starts before finishing fourth in his first Grade 1 Stakes race, the Florida Derby.

Nyquist +
Exaggerator +
Mohaymen +
Destin +
Gun Runner +
Mor Spirit +
Cupid +
Suddenbreakingnews +
Brodys Cause +
Dancing Candy +
My Man Sam +
Mo Tom +
Smokey Image +
Shagaf +
Whitmore +
Cherry Wine +
Fellowship +
Lani +
Majesto +
Outwork +
Dazzling Gem +
Trojan Nation +
Creator +
Swipe +
Adventist +
Laoban +
Matt King Coal +
Toms Ready +
Unbridaled Outlaw +
Oscar Nominated +
Azar +
Awesome Speed +
Collected +
American Pioneer +
Discreetness +

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Luna De Loco +
Surgical Strike +
Gettysburg +
Hoffenheim +
Star Hill +
Lets Meet in Rio +
Seymourdini +
Synchrony +


The road to the Kentucky Derby is just about over. Now comes the countdown to the first Saturday in May for horse racing's first Triple Crown race of the season.

Here's what you need to know:

What: nd running of the Kentucky Derby

Where: Churchill Downs, Louisville, Ky.

When: Saturday, May 7,

Who: Grade 1 stakes race for 3-year-olds

Distance: 1 1/4 miles

Post time:  p.m. (Eastern)


Kentucky Derby undercard:  p.m, NBC

Kentucky Derby coverage:  p.m., NBC

Record: Secretariat, ,

Last year: N.J.-owned American Pharoah won in , on his way to a Triple Crown championship.

Nyquist, second in the final Derby standings, arrived at Churchill Downs and jogged once around the sloppy oval under exercise rider Jonny Garcia on Sunday. They were accompanied by a pony.

Trainer Doug O'Neill says Nyquist will jog again on Monday. The colt arrived at Churchill Downs on Saturday from Keeneland, where he had been stabled since winning the Florida Derby.

Nyquist is expected to the favorite for Saturday's nd running of the Kentucky Derby.

Here is a look at the early odds, according to

Nyquist 3/1; Mohaymen 9/2; Exaggerator 5/1; Gun Runner 6/1; Mor Spirit ; Destin 12/1; Outwork 12/1; Creator 14/1; Brodys Cause 16/1; Suddenbreakingnews 18/1; Whitmore 18/1; Danzing Candy 20/1; My Man Sam 20/1; Mo Tom 22/1; Lani 28/1; Shagaf 33/1; Trojan Nation 40/1; Cherry Wine 50/1; Majesto 50/1; Toms Ready 50/1; Adventist 60/1; Collected 60/1; Fellowship 60/1; Oscar Nominated 60/1; Dazzling Gem 65/1; Discreetness 75/1; Laoban 85/1; Star Hill 85/1; Unbridaled Outlaw 85/1; Azar /1.

Final Kentucky Derby Standings

Prep races for the  Kentucky Derby, in which points are awarded to the top four finishers of selected races and point values increase as the season goes on. The highest point totals will determine which 20 horses have preference for the Derby on May 7 if more than the maximum are entered:

1. Gun Runner, points

2. Nyquist,

3. Exaggerator,

4. Outwork,

5. Brody's Cause,

6. Creator,

7. Lani,

8. Mor Spirit, 84

9. Mohaymen, 80

Danzing Candy, 60

Destin, 51

Suddenbreakingnews, 50

Cupid, 50

x-Oscar Nominated, 50

Shagaf, 50

Whitmore, 44

Tom's Ready, 44

My Man Sam, 40

Majesto, 40

Trojan Nation, 40

x-not Triple Crown nominated. Owner intends to pay $, supplemental nomination at time of entry.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

Keith Sargeant may be reached at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @KSargeantNJ. Find Rutgers Football on Facebook.

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Road to the Kentucky Derby

Rank Horse Points[2]Earnings[nb 1]Trainer Owner Ref 1 Gun Runner $, Steven M. AsmussenWinchell Thoroughbreds LLC & Three Chimneys Farm[3]2 Nyquist$3,,Doug F. O'NeillReddam Racing LLC[4]3 Exaggerator $1,, Keith DesormeuxBig Chief Racing, LLC, Head of Plains Partners LLC, Rocker O Ranch, LLC et al. [5]4 Outwork $, Todd A. PletcherRepole Stable[6]5 Brody's Cause $1,, Dale L. RomansAlbaugh Family Stable [7]6 Creator $, Steven M. AsmussenWinStar Farm LLC [8]7 Lani $1,, Mikio MatsunagaYoko Maeda[9]8 Mor Spirit84 $, Bob BaffertMichael Lund Petersen [10]9 Mohaymen80 $, Kiaran P. McLaughlinShadwell Stable[11]10 Danzing Candy60 $, Clifford W. Sise Jr.Halo Farms, Jim & Dianne Bashor [12]11 Destin51 $, Todd A. PletcherTwin Creeks Racing Stables, LLC [13]12 Suddenbreakingnews 50 $, Donnie K. Von HemelSamuel F. Henderson [14] Cupid50 $, Bob BaffertMichael B. Tabor, Susan Magnier, Derrick Smith [15]13 Oscar Nominated[nb 2]50 $, Michael J. MakerKenneth & Sarah Ramsey[16]14 Shagaf 50 $, Chad BrownShadwell Stable[17]15 Whitmore 44 $, Ron Moquett Robert V. LaPenta, Harry T. Rosenblum, Southern Springs Stables [18]16 Tom's Ready 44 $, Dallas StewartG M B Racing (Gayle Benson) [19]17 My Man Sam 40 $, Chad Brown Sheep Pond Partners, Newport Stables LLC, Jay W. Bligh [20]18 Majesto 40 $, Gustavo Delgado Grupo 7C Racing Stable [21]19 Trojan Nation 40 $, Paddy Gallagher Julie Gilbert & Aaron Sones [22] Polar River 40 20 Mo Tom 32 $, Thomas M. AmossG M B Racing (Gayle Benson) [23] Fellowship 32 $, Mark CasseJacks or Better Farm, Inc. (Fred & Jane Brei) [24] Adventist 32 $, Leah GyarmatiTreadway Racing Stable (Jeff Treadway) [25]21 Laoban 32 $, Eric Guillot McCormick Racing LLC & Southern Equine Stable LLC [26] Dazzling Gem 30 $, Brad Cox Steve Landers Racing LLC [27] Uncle Lino 29 $, Eric Guillot Tom Mansor, Purple Shamrock Racing, Gary Sherlock [28]22 Cherry Wine 25 $, Dale L. Romans William Pacella, Frank L. Jones, Jr., Frank Shoop [29] Sunny Ridge 23 Collected 21 Azar 20 Foreamo 20 Yu Change 20 Zulu 20 Flexibility 15 Greenpointcrusader 14 Swipe 12 Airoforce 10 Cocked and Loaded 10 Discreetness 10 Frank Conversation 10 Matt King Coal 10 Riker 10 Star Hill 10 Surgical Strike 10 Vale Dori 10 Vorticity 8 Kasseopia 6 Rated R Superstar 6 Awesome Speed 5 Candy My Boy 5 Rafting 5 Two Step Time 5 Gordy Florida 4 Let's Meet in Rio 4 One More Round 4 Synchrony 4 Toews On Ice 4 Tusk 4 American Dubai 2 Found Money 2 Gift Box 2 Harlan Punch 2 Holliday Don 2 I Will Score 2 I'malreadythere 2 In Equality 2 Portfolio Manager 2 Sail Ahoy 2 Tizarunner 2 Unbridled Outlaw 2 Uncle Walter 2 Bird of Trey 1 Conquest Big E 1 Conquest Windycity 1 Direct Message 1 Dressed in Hermes 1 Luna de Loco 1 Rare Candy 1 San Dimas 1 Sticksstatelydude 1 Urlacher 1 Van Damme 1
2016 KENTUCKY DERBY PROFILE: Oscar Nominated

The first Saturday in May is upon us and with it comes horse racing's premier event, the Kentucky Derby. Over , fans will pack into the stands and infield at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., for the nd running of the Derby, with the main event set for a post time of p.m. ET.

Nyquist ( odds), Exaggerator (), Mohaymen () and Creator () enter the feature event among the favorites, but there's a full day of racing to get you set for the running of the Derby, both prior to and after the evening's main event. The action begins at a.m. ET and runs all the way through p.m., providing plenty of entertainment and betting opportunities for horse racing fans.

Saturday's full schedule sets up as follows (all times ET):

Race 1: a.m. 
Race 2: a.m.
Race 3: a.m.
Race 4: p.m.
Race 5: p.m.
Race 6: p.m.
Race 7: p.m.
Race 8: p.m.
Race 9: p.m.
Race p.m.
Race p.m.
Race p.m. (Kentucky Derby)
Race p.m.
Race p.m.

Nyquist will try to stay undefeated as he takes on an open field, but as you can see the schedule provides a full day of racing, including the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic at p.m.

If you're unable to sip Mint Juleps in-person at Churchill Downs, you can catch coverage of the day's busy schedule on NBCSN from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. ET, at which point the commentary switches over to NBC for the duration of the evening. Streaming coverage is available beginning at noon ET via NBC Sports Live Extra.

nd Kentucky Derby

Walk from the barn: p.m.
Riders called to mount their horses: p.m.
Post time: p.m. ET 
TV: NBC beginning at 4 p.m. 
Streaming: NBC Sports Live Extra

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Date for derby 2016 kentucky

Kentucky Derby Race time, horses, TV schedule

The nd Kentucky Derby will be run Saturday at Churchill Downs.

WHEN: Saturday, May 7, p.m. ET
If you're planning a Kentucky Derby party, here's a everything you need to know to make sure you don't miss a thing.After American Pharoah became the first to sweep the Triple Crown in 37 years, all eyes will be on the field for another dramatic edition of "the most exciting two minutes in sports."

WHERE: Churchill Downs, Louisville.


Gates open: 8 a.m.

Kentucky Derby post time:  p.m. ET


Kentucky Derby pre-race, NBC Sports Network:  p.m. ET

Kentucky Derby coverage, NBC:  p.m. Extra app.



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2016 KENTUCKY DERBY PROFILE: Oscar Nominated

Kentucky Derby Schedule Race Start Time, TV Coverage and Live Stream Info

Horses come off the track after a workout at Churchill Downs Thursday, May 5, , in Louisville, Ky. The nd running of the Kentucky Derby is scheduled for Saturday, May 7. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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A little over a year after American Pharoah started his run to the Triple Crown at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, another horse will look to do the same at the Kentucky Derby.

Only once have two horses won the Triple Crown in back-to-back years. Affirmed made history in , following in Seattle Slew's footsteps in

However, horse racing has changed quite a bit since then, and there are many reasons the sport went without a Triple Crown winner for nearly four decades. All eyes will be on Louisville, though, to see if one horse can buck the odds and make another run at greatness.

Post Time: Saturday, May 7, at p.m. ET

Where: Churchill Downs, Louisville, Kentucky

Watch: NBC

Live Stream:NBC Sports Live Extra

Nyquist began the week as the odds-on favorite to win this year's Derby, and his chances might have actually improved following the reveal of the race's post positions. Here's a look at the full lineup with the odds for each horse, per Odds Shark:

Kentucky Derby Post Positions
1Trojan Nation
4Mo Tom
5Gun Runner
6My Man Sam
7Oscar Nominated
12Tom's Ready
17Mor Spirit
19Brody's Cause
20Danzing Candy
22Cherry WineN/A

Starting in the 13th post position will offer Nyquist a good level of comfort. He's far enough away from the rail that jockey Mario Gutierrez shouldn't get trapped inside, yet he's not so far off the rail that he'll need to expend a lot of energy simply to get over with the rest of the pack.

"No matter if we drew the one or the 20, the thought is we were going to leave there with the intent of being forwardly placed and just play it by ear," said trainer Doug O'Neill, per the Associated Press' Beth Harris (via the Detroit News). "More than anything, I'm so happy with the way he's training, the way he's acting. He's thriving on all the positive attention."

Nyquist carries massive expectations in Louisville for good reason. He has won each of his seven competitive races to date, including head-to-head victories over Majesto, Mohaymen and Exaggerator. His dominant performance at the Florida Derby was particularly impressive:

As good as Nyquist is, though, he'll have some stiff competition as he looks to win the Run for the Roses. One look at the Derby odds illustrates how deep this year's field is.

Even Mohaymen, who was thoroughly outclassed at the Florida Derby, could potentially reign supreme at Churchill Downs. He had won his previous five races before falling well short at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida.

Similarly, some might be overlooking Exaggerator after he was second to Nyquist at the San Vicente Stakes and third behind Danzing Candy and Mor Spirit at the San Felipe Stakes.

According to Odds Shark, though, five Derby winners since have made the trip to Santa Anita Park before packing up and traveling to Churchill Downs, which could be good news for Exaggerator. The colt won in dominant fashion at a muddy Santa Anita Derby in April:

Daily Racing Form's Nicole Russo was impressed by Exaggerator when watching him during his pre-Derby prep this week:

Rarely does the Kentucky Derby fail to deliver an enthralling spectacle. From looking at the race-day attire of those in attendance to watching some of the best horses in the world face off, fans will have no shortage of entertainment Saturday.


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