The Kentucky Derby 2019 will be the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby, and will take place on Saturday, May 4, 2019, in Louisville,Kentucky Derby hopefuls hit the dirt at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs on Saturday for the 2019 Arkansas Derby, a $1 million prep race featuring 11 top horses.
Kentucky Derby 2019, and it’s time to sift through the information, making heads and tails of who can actually win America’s most prestigious race.Aside from watching “the most exciting two minutes in sports”, placing a bet, and sipping a cold Mint Julep, there’s lots to do around the racetrack on Kentucky Derby Day.
The Kentucky Derby is an entire day filled with celebration, but the actual Derby event only lasts a few minutes.Exactly six weeks ahead of the May 4 running of the 145th Kentucky Derby, the Grade 2 Louisiana Derby marks the first prep race awarding Kentucky Derby qualifying points on a 100-40-20-10 scale for the top four finishers. War of Will is expected to be the favorite in the 11-horse field.
Nothing elevated the sport’s profile and energized both hard-core and casual fans more than Triple Crown winners American Pharoah (2015) and Justify (2018). Now, racing finds itself facing a crisis of confidence among everyone from fans to legislators, with the string of equine fatalities that forced Santa Anita to close for much of March now dominating the narrative.
Watch Derby on NBC
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2019 Prep Race Schedule
Sat, March 23rd 5:30 PM Louisiana Derby
6:30 PM Road to Kentucky Derby Episod
Sat, March 30th 6:00 PM Florida Derby
After Race Road to Kentucky Derby Episode 2
Sat, April 6th 5:30 PM Wood Memorial, Blue Grass Stakes & Santa Anita Derby
After Race Road to Kentucky Derby Episode 3
Sat, April 13th 7:00 PM Arkansas Derby
Sat, April 20th 4:30 PM Road to Kentucky Derby Episode 4
2019 Derby Week Schedule
Thurs, May 2nd 12-4:00 PM Road to Kentucky Derby Recap 1-4 & Derby
Thurs, May 2nd 4- 6:30 PM Thurby
Fri, May 3rd 12-6:30 PM Kentucky Oaks
Sat, May 4th 12-2:30 PM Kentucky Derby Undercard
Sat., May 4th 2:30 PM Kentucky Derby
Watch Live on Derby Social
Mon, April 29th 11 AM Live from Churchill Downs Oaks Post Position Draw Kentucky Derby Facebook
Tues, April 30th 11 AM Live from Churchill Downs Derby Post Position Draw Kentucky Derby Facebook
Oaks & Derby Day 7:30 AM Live from the Churchill Downs Backside Facebook only
Oaks & Derby Day 8:30 AM Morning Show An overview of the days events with handicapping tips for the race card
Derby Day 12:30-2:30 PM Derby Red Carpet
Derby Day Post Race TBD Winner’s Press Conference
Follow along with the action with through the Derby’s social media– viewers can watch live from the Churchill Downs Backside on Facebook starting at 7:30 a.m. ET on the day of the race. Catch behind the scenes action of the races by following @kentuckyderby or #kyderby on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and Pinterest.