What time does the Kentucky Derby start?

What time does the Kentucky Derby start? The 2016 Kentucky Derby start time is 6:34 p.m. (ET) after the crowd sings “My Old Kentucky Home” at 6:27 p.m (ET).. The 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby will conclude with the winning horse draped with a Garland of Roses and the Winning Connections presented with the Kentucky Derby Trophy.

  • Let’s start with an easy one: The last three Derby’s have been won by the betting favorite. The favorite has won seven of the last 12 Kentucky Derby crowns (Courtesy OddsShark).
  • The outside is your friend: Four of the last five winners have started in the auxiliary gate at Post 15 and outward (Courtesy Courier Journal).
  • The inside is not your friend: Horses drawing posts 1 or 2 have just two second place finishes and five thirds since 1988 (Courtesy Chris Fallica).
  • Peaking at the right time: Dating back to 1962, no horse that finished worse than fourth in its final prep race has won the Kentucky Derby (Courtesy Horse Betting Direct).
  • Going for three-in-a-row: Jockey Victor Espinoza, riding Whitmore on Saturday, has led the last two Kentucky Derby winners.
  • Shooting for perfection: Nyquist is aiming to become the seventh horse to win the Kentucky Derby with a perfect record. He has seven wins in seven career starts entering Saturday.
  • Experience is a factor: Only six horses have won the event with less than six total starts in their career before entering the Kentucky Derby (Courtesy Horse Betting Direct).
  • Due for a winner: Creator and Gun Runner’s trainer, Steve Asmussen, is 0-for-13 in his Derby career – The most runs by any trainer without a win (Courtesy Chris Fallica).
  • Give me five: Asmussen may have the distinction of the tough luck Derby trainer, but Gun Runner drew the luckiest post position. The 5-spot has produced the most winners in Derby history.


Kentucky Derby Facts:

* The Road to the Kentucky Derby is made up 35 total races (19 races for the Kentucky Derby Prep Season and 16 races for the Kentucky Derby Championship Season)
* Biggest “longshot” was in 1913 when Donerail paid out at 91.45-1 odds.
* Secretariat (1973) has the record winning time at 1:59 2⁄5 secs
* “Official” Mint Julip at the Kentucky Derby is made with “Early Times” whiskey.
* The phrase “Run for the Roses” was coined by New York sports columnist Bill Corum.

Kentucky Derby TV Schedule:

9:30 am Kentucky Derby Undercard on HRTV
11:00 am Kentucky Derby Undercard on NBCSN
4:00 pm Access at the Kentucky Derby / Red Carpet Special on NBC
5:00 pm 2016 Kentucky Derby on NBC

Kentucky Derby Live Stream:

NBC Sports Live Extra app.

2016 Kentucky Derby Free Picks 

Direct from Las Vegas, WagerTalk TV host Marco D’Angelo (@MarcoInVegas) and special guest Matthew Holt (@MatthewHoltVP) Vice President of Business Development from CG share their picks for the 2016 Kentucky Derby.

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