There will be no mint juleps, funky hats, or huge crowds — but there will be a Kentucky Derby. This year, the historic race — also dubbed the "most exciting two minutes in sports" — will take place on Saturday, September 5 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, with limited spectators. The event usually takes place on the first Saturday in May, but was postponed this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Just because you can't attend in person doesn't mean you can't watch. The event will be available to stream for free on cable and on social media, and there will be an entire day of special programming leading up to the big race. Here's how to watch the Kentucky Derby for free on any device, including iOS, Android, Roku, Amazon Fire, Apple TV, Samsung Smart TV, and XBox One.
How do I watch the Kentucky Derby 2020?
Coverage of the Kentucky Derby will start on Saturday, September 5 at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC, NBCSports.com, and the NBC Sports App. The 146th running of the Kentucky Derby is scheduled to begin around 7 p.m. and will air on NBC, NBCSports.com, the NBC Sports App; times are subject to change. You can watch the race live on the NBC Sports app on most devices, including iOS, Android, Roku, Amazon Fire, Apple TV, Samsung Smart TV, and XBox One, although you'll need a cable login.
How do I watch the Kentucky Derby for free without cable?
Are there other virtual Kentucky Derby events on Saturday?
There's an entire day of programming scheduled for this weekend. Here is the full schedule of online Kentucky Derby events, as well as how to watch them all. Remember, times are subject to change — so stay tuned so you don't miss anything.
- 7:30 a.m.: LIVE - From the Backside: Derby Day; Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube
- 10 a.m.: LIVE - From the Farm: Equine Nurseries; Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube
- TBA: LIVE - Inside the Announcer's Booth; Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube
- Afternoon: Derby Day Swag Bag Giveaway; Instagram story
- 2 p.m.: Kentucky Derby Fashion Contest by Longines Close; Twitter and Instagram
- 7 p.m.: 146th Running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford; Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube
- Post Race: LIVE - Kentucky Derby Winner's Press Conference; Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube
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