NBC Sports' Coverage Headlines Where to Watch/Listen During Kentucky Derby 2019 Week

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The week leading up to and including the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve usually draws the most national media attention to the sport of Thoroughbred racing, and this year will be no different as NBC Sports Group is set to provide 19 ½ hours of television broadcasts, supplemented by extensive coverage from other TV, radio, and online networks.

On Saturday, May 4, NBC begins broadcasting the Kentucky Derby undercard at noon Eastern on NBCSN, ending at 2:30 p.m. Coverage then shifts to NBC from 2:30 until 7:30 p.m. Eastern for the official Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve broadcast. 

NBC Sports’ live television coverage starts on Thursday, May 2, at 4 p.m. Eastern with a 2 ½-hour Derby Access bloc of programming on NBCSN. The network will also present live coverage on Friday, May 3, from Churchill Downs focusing on the Longines Kentucky Oaks. The Friday broadcast runs from noon to 3 p.m. Eastern, and then picks back up at 5 and runs to 6:30 p.m. Eastern on NBCSN.

NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the Kentucky Derby features host Mike Tirico and co-host Rebecca Lowe; analysts Randy Moss and Jerry Bailey, the Hall of Fame jockey and two-time Kentucky Derby winner; handicappers/reporters Eddie Olczyk and Britney Eurton; reporters Donna Brothers (also on horseback), Kenny Rice, Nick Luck, Laffit Pincay III, and Ahmed Fareed, who makes his Kentucky Derby debut and also hosts NBCSN’s earlier coverage; and race caller Larry Collmus. NBC News weather anchor and correspondent Dylan Dreyer reprises her role as fashion and lifestyle correspondent; and NBC Sports Group’s NASCAR features reporter Rutledge Wood returns to offer some unique storytelling.

Super Bowl 50 MVP Von Miller will join NBC Sports’ 2019 Kentucky Derby coverage as a lifestyle correspondent this year. In his role, Miller will document the sights, sounds and pageantry on Derby Day. He will also join NBC News weather anchor and correspondent Dylan Dreyer for several segments to showcase the electric atmosphere in Louisville and highlight this year’s biggest Derby trends.

Another new personality joining the Kentucky Derby team this year is Dale Earnhardt Jr. Earnhardt Jr., a NASCAR on NBC analyst and one of racing’s most popular personalities, will take in the vibrant atmosphere at Churchill Downs for the first time. Alongside NASCAR on NBC colleague Rutledge Wood, Earnhardt Jr. will serve as the eyes and ears of fans experiencing a day at the iconic venue, visiting the infield, Millionaires Row, and experiencing the walkover.

More than 50 cameras will be utilized by NBC Sports this year at Churchill Downs, and the aerial backstretch camera will return, offering a perspective 15-18 feet above the track and traveling at 80 miles per hour. And for the first time, NBC Sports will present “live look-ins” from several Kentucky Derby parties across the nation, including the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Among the other features scheduled during NBC’s Derby coverage:

•    Mike Tirico presents the story of Triple Crown-winning jockey Mike Smith;

•    Rebecca Lowe, who makes her Kentucky Derby debut, interviews Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert at Santa Anita Park;   

•    Jerry Bailey and Randy Moss go “around the barns” to meet the contenders of the 145th Kentucky Derby;

•    Lowe has a look at Triple Crown-winning horses Justify and American Pharoah in Lexington;

•    Larry Collmus discusses the hidden stories behind horses’ names;   

•    Rutledge Wood hosts a special pop culture trivia game with fans on the grounds of Churchill Downs;

•    Sports Illustrated writer Tim Layden presents an essay on the equine fatalities at Santa Anita;

•    Celebrity chef Bobby Flay joins Rebecca Lowe for a special cooking segment to create the perfect southern-themed dish for a Kentucky Derby party.

In addition to traditional television coverage, NBC offers enhanced live streaming coverage via www.nbcsports.com and the NBC Sports App. NBC and NBCSN coverage will be streamed both at www.nbcports.com and the NBC Sports App via the “TV Everywhere” subscription service. The NBC Sports App is available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Windows Store, Roku Channel Store, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire.

NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app will present a digital-only 10–minute “Ultimate Kentucky Derby Primer” on Thursday, May 2, featuring Randy Moss, Jerry Bailey and Eddie Olczyk. The trio will preview this year’s Derby and break down the odds.

And NBC Sports will also present its first-ever Kentucky Derby Day betting show – NBC Sports Bet: Derby Special – this Saturday, May 4, live at 5 p.m. Eastern  on NBCSports.com/Bet and the NBC Sports app. 

A highlight of the week’s coverage is “The Winner’s Circle” podcast, presented by The Stronach Group. The upcoming podcast airs on Derby Day, May 4, at 10 a.m. Eastern on SB Nation Radio and on the SB Nation Radio app and is hosted by Bram Weinstein, with analysis from retired Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens. Featured guests for the May 4 podcast are NBC Sports handicapper and former NHL star Eddie Olczyk and ESPN anchor Hannah Storm.

NBC Sports Radio will present 2.5 hours of live Kentucky Derby race coverage beginning Saturday, May 4 at 5 p.m. Eastern featuring host Mike Penna and analyst Gary Stevens, and offered on HRRN's outlets. NBC Sports Radio’s The Daily Line will present a two hour pre-race show from 3-5 p.m. Eastern on Saturday.

NBC Sports’ broadcast coverage is listed below along with other outlets. The post time for the 145th Kentucky Derby is scheduled for approximately 6:50 p.m. Eastern on Saturday, May 4.

TV Schedule





May 2

Derby Access/Thurby Coverage from Churchill Downs 4-6:30 p.m.


May 3

Live coverage of races from Churchill Downs

noon-3 p.m.


May 3

Live coverage of the Longines Kentucky Oaks from Churchill Downs

5-6:30 p.m.


May 4

Live coverage of Kentucky Derby undercard races from Churchill Downs

noon-2:30 p.m.


May 4

Live broadcast of the 145th Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve and undercard races from Churchill Downs

2:30-7:30 p.m.


Radio Schedule

Date Program Time Network
April 30 Jock Talk Presented by Tito's Handmade Vodka 6 p.m. HRRN
May 1 Derby Countdown Show Presented by Hill 'n' Dale Farm 8-10 a.m. HRRN
May 1 At The Races with Steve Byk: eNicks' Sid Fernando, Tourney Talk with Pete Fornatale, and more 9 a.m. Thoroughbred Radio Network
May 1 Xpressbet Radio 3 p.m. HRRN
May 1 Trainer Talk Presented by Fasig-Tipton 6 p.m. HRRN
May 2 Derby Countdown Show Presented by Hill 'n' Dale Farm 8-10 a.m. HRRN
May 2 At The Races with Steve Byk: Shedrow Confidential with Steve Haskin, Vegas Racebook with Richard Eng, and more 9 a.m. Thoroughbred Radio Network
May 2 Xpressbet Radio 3 p.m. HRRN
May 2 Brisnet Call-In Show 6 p.m. HRRN
May 3 At The Races with Steve Byk: Weekend Preview with Daily Racing Form correspondents and other guests 9 a.m. Thoroughbred Radio Network
May 3 Weekend Stakes Preview Presented by NYRA Bets 3-4 p.m. HRRN
May 3 Broadcast of the Longines Kentucky Oaks and undercard races 4-6:30 p.m. HRRN
May 4 Equine Forum Show 8 a.m. HRRN
May 4 "The Winner's Circle" Presented by The Stronach Group, with host Bram Weinstein, analyst Gary Stevens, and featured guests Eddie Olczyk and Hannah Storm 10 a.m. SB Nation Radio
May 4 Broadcast of the Kentucky Derby undercard races 2-5 p.m. HRRN
May 4 Kentucky Derby pre-race show 3-5 p.m. The Daily Line
May 4 Broadcast of the 145th Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve 5-7:30 p.m. HRRN/NBC Sports Radio

 Note: All times listed are Eastern

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