The 2021 Kentucky Derby will happen on Saturday, May 1, to begin the huge stretch in horse racing. For those of you aiming to watch the event are probably wondering what time they need to tune in to see and view the race if their carefully picked horse wins, we have you covered.
When is the Kentucky Derby 2021?
The event will start at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network until 2:30 p.m. ET, where it will change to NBC till 7:30 p.m. ET. As for the huge race itself, that is slated to begin at 6:57 p.m. ET.
After the 2020 edition of the Kentucky Derby was held without fans in attendance due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is anticipated to be roughly 50,000 spectators inside Churchill Downs this year with safety, social and mask-wearing distancing protocols. The venue can generally hold an optimum of over 150,000 people.
Obviously, you are probably wondering who the wagering favorite for the 147th Kentucky Derby is. Hours prior to the start of the race, the wagering favorites is Essential Quality, who holds 2-1 odds by means of the Kentucky Derby main website.
Make sure to tune in prior to the 7:00 p.m. ET hour to ensure you do not miss out on the big race!
Kentucky Derby preferred Essential Quality. Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports
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For those of you wondering what time the 2021 Kentucky Derby begins on Saturday, May 1, we have you covered.
In 2015, the 146th edition of the Kentucky Derby happened in early September due to the coronavirus pandemic as the 2nd leg of the Triple Crown. One year later, the Derby returns to its typical slate as the first leg of the Triple Crown on the first Saturday of May.