Kentucky Derby 2020 Live Online: Live odds, news, predictions, favorite horses throughout today’s races After a four-month wait, the Kentucky Derby weekend is finally here. The Run for the Roses — and the huge weekend of thoroughbred racing that comes with it in Louisville — has been pushed back by the COVID-19 pandemic. Much is different about this year — the Derby is the second jewel of the Triple Crown, and there won’t be any fans in attendance at Churchill Downs.
The Kentucky Derby main race is on Saturday, 2nd May 2020 from Churchill Downs, Louisville, KY. It starts at 2:30 and ends at 7:30 p.m.
Much, though, is the same, as the Kentucky Oaks saw the top three-year-old fillies take on 1 1/8 miles on the dirt on Friday, and Shedaresthedevil (14/1) won the race in a new stakes record time of 1.48.28.
Which horse wins the Kentucky Derby? And which massive long shot is a must-back? Visit SportsLine to see Jody Demling’s picks for the 2020 Kentucky Derby, all from the top expert who’s nailed six of his last seven races and nine Derby-Oaks doubles.
Even though the Derby hats will be worn in the living room and the mint juleps will be made in the kitchen this year, there’s still plenty of action in all of the races on the card at Churchill Downs for this unprecedented Derby weekend.
As with all horse races, the safety of the horses taking part is always a primary concern, and here at least as a flat race you might expect the Kentucky Derby to be less injurious to horses than more challenging jump based courses such as of the Grand National at Aintree in the United Kingson, and indeed there have been less equine fatalities here over the years (only 5 as compared to 70, nowhere near enough to be countered by the Grand National’s 40 year head start).
Now, the iconic Kentucky Derby, which was slated to be run as the first leg of the Triple Crown on May 2, will take place on Saturday and serve as the second leg of the Triple Crown.
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In an already unconventional year for horse racing, one of the sport’s longest-running and well known events will take place four months later than originally planned.
The 2020 Kentucky Derby, which was moved from the first Saturday in May to the first Saturday in September (Sept. 5, 2:30 p.m. ET, NBC) will be the race’s 146th edition—and possibly its most unique, since Churchill Downs will be fanless and jockeys will follow strict COVID-19 precautions, among other things.
The 146th Kentucky Derby will air on Saturday, Sept. 5 starting at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC as well as NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app. Post time is set for approximately 7:01 p.m. ET. Click here to stream the 2020 Kentucky Derby live starting at 2:30p ET.
The Kentucky Derby is traditionally the first leg of the American Triple Crown of horse racing. It is historically run on the first Saturday in May, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Kentucky Derby was postponed from Saturday, May 2 to Saturday, Sept. 5.
First run in 1875, this 1 1/4 mile—or 10 furlongs—race runs on the dirt track at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, where it has been held since its inaugural running in 1875.
Only 3-year-old Thoroughbreds can qualify for the Kentucky Derby. Eligible horses compete in the Race to the Kentucky Derby, a series of 35 races around the world. Horses win points for finishing in the top four spots, and the 20 horses with the most points at the end of the series gain entry into the Derby.