How To Watch The Kentucky Derby On TV

It's that time of year to dust off your huge hats and spritz on eau de horses. Well, hopefully not that last one, unless you're actually going to the races, but hey, I don't know your life. The 141st Kentucky Derby is taking place May 2, and it's bigger and better than ever. The race, which is known as "The Most Exciting Two Minutes In Sports," will take place in Louisville, and has a crop of horses with some of the weirdest names every. You may be wondering what channel The Kentucky Derby is on TV, and "giddy up," do I have the answer.

The Kentucky Derby is a classic, even if you weren't raised in the south or didn't grow up liking horses (check, and check for me). There's much more to the race than watching a horse run around — I know, that's really simplifying such a traditional day in sports — like the hats, the fashion, and the extremely traditional horse names like "Itsaknockout" (who will be competing this year). Just once, I'd like to see a horse named Matt run the race. JUST ONCE.

I digress. Whether you're prepping a very faaancy Kentucky Derby viewing party — full of Lily Pulitzer by Target and hats that need a "wide right turn" sign attached to the backs — or hosting a more rough and tumble party with beers and brats (is this a thing?), there's one thing you can't forget... The actual race!

If you're one for tradition — meaning, you don't stream everything on your iPad — you will want to watch The Kentucky Derby on NBC at 4:00 - 7:30 PM ET. That's it, that's all you need to watch the race.


If you're looking for a little pre-Kentucky Derby action, NBC Sports will be playing "Derby Prep" from 12:00 - 4:00 PM ET. That way you can really rev up the engines for four hours before watching some horses race for a few minutes.

Personally, I think watching the races on the old tube is the only way to watch it. You can watch it as if you're really there, and tweet up a storm at how much you #LoveHorses. If you really want to amp up your viewing pleasure, look into investing in some barnyard scented candles, just to really complete the ambiance you've already created for your guests. And don't forget to root on American Pharoah on Saturday. He's got 9/4 odds, because I totally know what that means.

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