How to watch the 2018 Kentucky Derby

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Churchill Downs plays host to horse racing’s biggest annual event Saturday. | Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Whip out those fancy hats and mint juleps because the 2018 Kentucky Derby will be held Saturday evening at Churchill Downs. The 144th edition of the Run for the Roses will pit the world’s top 3-year thoroughbreds in a 1 1/4-mile heat to determine who will begin a quest toward the Triple Crown.

The Kentucky Derby is run annually on the first Saturday of May to help ring in the summer. It’s a chance to kick back and enjoy the weekend … at least until two of the most intense minutes in sports. The Derby is always a thrill, and this year should be no different.

Justify, trained by four-time Derby winner Bob Baffert, enters the field as the favorite with 7-2 odds. Magnum Moon, Audible and Bolt D’Oro, jockeyed by 2015 Triple Crown victor Victor Espinoza, are also considered prime contenders to take the top spot. The complete list of post positions for the field is included at the bottom of the post.

Television coverage from Churchill Downs will begin on NBC at 1:30 p.m. CT. The official post time for the race is 5:34 p.m., and it’s expected that the race will actually begin at 5:46 p.m. The action will be over just minutes after that.

How to watch 2018 Kentucky Derby

Time: 5:34 p.m. post time, 5:46 p.m. estimated start time

TV: NBC

Live stream: NBC Sports Live

Post positions

  1. Firenze Fire
  2. Free Drop Billy
  3. Promises Fulfilled
  4. Flameaway
  5. Audible
  6. Good Magic
  7. Justify
  8. Lone Sailor
  9. Hofburg
  10. My Boy Jack
  11. Bolt d’Oro
  12. Enticed
  13. Bravazo
  14. Mendelssohn
  15. Instilled Regard
  16. Magnum Moon
  17. Solomini
  18. Vino Rosso
  19. Noble Indy
  20. Combatant


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