Where to Watch/Listen: Kentucky Derby Week 2021

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The field for the 2014 Kentucky Derby passes through the stretch for the first time in this photo from our archives. (Eclipse Sportswire)

The most-anticipated week of the year in horse racing has arrived, as fans, partiers, and handicappers all prepare for an abundance of top-class racing at Churchill Downs in the coming days topped by the 147th  Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve on May 1.

Television coverage of the nationwide cultural event is provided by NBC Sports and their award-winning team. The broadcasts begin on April 30 with a six-hour block from noon to 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN, highlighted by the Longines Kentucky Oaks for 3-year-old fillies. On May 1, races from Churchill Downs leading up to the Derby will be shown on NBCSN from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. ET and then move over to NBC from 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. ET. The Kentucky Derby has a scheduled post time of 6:57 p.m. ET.

NBC Sports’ Derby coverage is anchored by Mike Tirico, with analysis from retired Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey and Randy Moss, plus reporting and features from the rest of NBC Sports’ horse racing team including Donna Barton Brothers on horseback, handicapping picks from Eddie Olczyk, analytics from Steve Kornacki on loan from MSNBC, features from new correspondents Jac Collinsworth and Sanya Richards-Ross, and much more. Coverage is also available to stream live on NBCSports.com and on the NBC Sports app.

Racing from Churchill Downs prior to the Oaks and Derby will be shown on America’s Day at the Races along with action from Belmont Park and Oaklawn Park. The NYRA-produced show presented by Claiborne Farm and America’s Best Racing begins a six-day run on Tuesday, April 27, with a special Kentucky Derby draw program followed by live racing from Churchill. “America’s Day at the Races” airs on FS2 during Derby week – check the below schedule for air times.

In addition to the NBC Sports and FS2 coverage, TVG will also provide its usual comprehensive menu of racing throughout the week from tracks including Santa Anita Park and Gulfstream Park.

A very busy week of live streaming coverage is headlined by two Kentucky Derby shows produced by America’s Best Racing. Our “Derby Preview Live!” show airs Thursday, April 29 at 7 p.m. ET. The show is hosted by FS1's Joy Taylor and features handicapper and 2015 NHC champion Jonathon Kinchen. It can be viewed on ABR’s Twitter channel as well as Joy Taylor’s Facebook and Twitter channels and Jonathon Kinchen’s Twitter.

On Kentucky Derby day, ABR presents “Kentucky Derby Live!” the go-to second-screen experience for watching the run for the roses. Hosted by Dan Tordjman, Bram Weinstein and Ren Carothers (on-site at Churchill Downs), the show begins at 4:30 p.m. ET Saturday, May 1 and will feature over 20 special guests leading up to the Derby including handicappers and racing personalities. Watch “Kentucky Derby Live!” on ABR’s Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube channels.

On Thursday, April 29, the popular “La Trifecta” show returns at 8 p.m. ET with a Derby preview. Presented en Espanol, the show is hosted by Darwin Vizcaya, Claudia Spadaro, and Annise Montplaisir. It airs on ABR’s Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube channels.

ABR's “Always Be Racing” show returns this Friday, April 30 with a focus on Oaks and Derby days. Hosted by BlackJack Fletcher and Danielle Moinet, the show begins at 3 p.m. ET. “Always Be Racing” can be viewed on ABR's Facebook and Twitter channels as well as BlackJack's Twitter account and Danielle's Twitter account.

And after the Derby, ABR's “The Winner’s Circle” will be back at its usual Monday timeslot of 11 a.m. ET with a show on May 3 analyzing the results of the big race and looking ahead to the Preakness Stakes on May 15. Presented by NYRA and NYRA Bets and hosted by Bram Weinstein and Dan Tordjman, “The Winner’s Circle” can be viewed on ABR’s Twitter and Facebook channels and Bram Weinstein’s Twitter channel. Archived episodes of “The Winner’s Circle” are available as podcasts via Apple and Spotify.

Here is a list of the television, live streaming, and radio coverage for Kentucky Derby week.

TV/Live Streaming Schedule

Date

Program

Time

Network/Social Media

April 27

Livestream of Kentucky Derby and Oaks workouts

7 a.m.-8 a.m.

KentuckyDerby.com

April 27

Kentucky Derby post-position draw

11 a.m.

KentuckyDerby.com

April 27

"America's Day at the Races"

11 a.m. (Kentucky Derby draw), 12:30 p.m.-5 p.m.

FS2

April 27

Live coverage of horse racing

post time varies

TVG

April 28

Livestream of Kentucky Derby and Oaks workouts

7 a.m.-8 a.m.

KentuckyDerby.com

April 28

"America's Day at the Races"

12:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

FS2

April 28

Live coverage of horse racing

post time varies

TVG

April 29

"America's Day at the Races"

12:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

FS2

April 29

Live coverage of horse racing

post time varies

TVG

April 29

"Derby Preview Live!" with Joy Taylor and Jonathon Kinchen

6 p.m.

Facebook and Twitter

April 29

"La Trifecta"

8 p.m.

Facebook, Twitter and YouTube

April 30

Broadcast of the Longines Kentucky Oaks

12 p.m.-6 p.m.

NBCSN

April 30

"America's Day at the Races"

12 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

FS2

April 30

Live coverage of horse racing

post time varies

TVG

April 29

"Always Be Racing"

3 p.m.

Facebook and Twitter

April 30

"America's Day at the Races" Kentucky Derby preview

8:30 p.m.-9 p.m.

FS2

May 1

Broadcast of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve

12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. on NBCSN, 2:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. on NBC

NBC and NBCSN

May 1

"Kentucky Derby Live!"

4:30 p.m.-7 p.m.

Facebook, Twitter and YouTube

May 1

"America's Day at the Races"

12 p.m.-3 p.m. and 4 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

FS2

May 1

Live coverage of horse racing

post time varies

TVG

May 2

"America's Day at the Races"

1 p.m.-3 p.m. and 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

FS2

May 2

Live coverage of horse racing

post time varies

TVG

May 3

"The Winner's Circle"

11 a.m.

Facebook and Twitter

May 3

Live coverage of horse racing

post time varies

TVG

Note: All times listed are Eastern

Radio Schedule

Date Program Time Network
April 27 Derby Countdown Presented by Hill N Dale Farms 8 a.m. HRRN
April 27 At The Races with Steve Byk 9 a.m. Thoroughbred Radio Network
April 28 Derby Countdown Presented by Hill N Dale Farms 8 a.m. HRRN
April 28 At The Races with Steve Byk 9 a.m. Thoroughbred Radio Network
April 28 Race Day on HRRN Presented by TwinSpires 3 p.m. HRRN
April 28 Trainer Talk Presented by Fasig-Tipton 6 p.m. HRRN
April 29 Derby Countdown Presented by Hill N Dale Farms 8 a.m. HRRN
April 29 At The Races with Steve Byk 9 a.m. Thoroughbred Radio Network
April 29 Race Day on HRRN Presented by TwinSpires 3 p.m. HRRN
April 29 Brisnet Call-in Show 6 p.m. HRRN
April 30 At The Races with Steve Byk 9 a.m. Thoroughbred Radio Network
April 30 Coverage of the Longines Kentucky Oaks Presented by TwinSpires 3 p.m.-6 p.m. HRRN
April 30 Weekend Stakes Preview Presented by NYRA Bets 6 p.m. HRRN
April 30 Inside Churchill Downs 6 p.m. ESPN 680/105.7
May 1 Equine Forum Presented by FarmPaint.com 8 a.m. HRRN
May 1 Off to the Races on The Racing Biz Radio Network 10 a.m. ESPN 950 AM
May 1 Coverage of the Kentucky Derby undercard 3 p.m.-5 p.m. HRRN
May 1 Coverage of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve in partnership with NBC Sports Audio Network, Presented by TwinSpires 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m. HRRN
May 3 Thoroughbred Post with Les Salzman 5 p.m. www.WEQSN.com

Note: All times listed are Eastern

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