How To Stream The 2015 Kentucky Derby Live, Because There's More To The Race Than Fancy Hats

And they're off! Spring is in the air, and that means it's time to get out and enjoy some good, old-fashioned horse racing. The 141st Kentucky Derby is Saturday — can you stream it? NBC and NBC Sports are hosting the event, but you shouldn't have to be a major sports fan to watch a horse and their jockey become famous in this time-honored tradition. Don't tell me you aren't looking forward to the race, either. It's an all-day sporting event with celebrities, flowers and horses — what's not to love? The Kentucky Derby is popular everywhere, too. I may have grown up in the South, but I never saw so many Derby hats out and about as when I lived in Boston. Just like the Olympics and the Super Bowl, it's one of those broadcasts that brings us together.

That's why, with all the fancy clothing and preparation that comes with the Kentucky Derby, those of us not fortunate enough to be in attendance can't forget to actually watch the race. Watching horses with ridiculous names run in circles is the best part! However, that doesn't mean that you need to keep your Kentucky Derby viewing party indoors or anything. Mint juleps are meant for patios and rooftops, not living rooms! Those fabulous hats should be seen by the public! It's 2015, and it's time we take advantage of how mobile the media is.

Luckily, the Kentucky Derby may be classic but they are not behind the times. There are plenty of choices when it comes to stream the race on your laptop or device. Here are three easy ways to tune into this exciting event without spending an extra dime.

NBC Sports Live Extra

You can catch the full coverage on NBC Sports Live Extra. It's free and you can download their app for your phone or tablet as well! Don't be alarmed if you try to test drive the service before Saturday though. You do need a cable subscription that includes NBC Sports to access their live streaming content daily, but Saturday's race will be open to the public.

TwinSpires

You can also stream the Kentucky Derby on TwinSpires — a subscription is free, but it's also a betting site. Sure, it's fun to be able to interact with the race while you watch, but don't let the bourbon go to your head and be careful with your money, please!

Sirius XM

If you want to play it real old school, you can also stream the race on satellite radio.

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