Kentucky Derby 2021: How to Watch, Live Stream the Race

by Matthew Wilson

Get those bets ready because the Kentucky Derby is in full swing again. The popular horse racing event is back at its usual time. The annual event has been a tradition for both Kentucky and the horse racing community for 147 years.

So how can you live-stream the Kentucky Derby? Viewers watching from home will have a couple of options at their disposal. For those who have an antenna or cable subscription, the race will be televised on NBC and its affiliates. Pre-coverage for the race will start at NBCSN at 12:30 p.m. EST. Meanwhile, the post time for the race is 6:57 p.m. so make a day of it.

But in the digital era, a lot of viewers have cut the cord. You can still livestream the race with one of these subscription services. The Kentucky Derby will be available on Sling TV, FuboTV, Hulu With Live TV, YouTube TV, and AT&T TV Now. Keep in mind most of these streaming services charge a premium fee to access their live TV component. But if you’re already paying for one or are going old school, enjoy the derby.

Kentucky Derby Prepares For Race

The Kentucky Derby is busy preparing for the main event. But reportedly the Churchill Downs is still practicing social distance. The event will allow 45,000 excited fans to attend the annual event. This is less than the number of attendees in previous years.

But for fans watching at home, it should be business as usual. For many, the Kentucky Derby has become a popular tradition in their family. Particularly, they pair the race with mint juleps, a popular alcoholic beverage that’s associated with the event.

The race is back in its usual time slot after an uncertain 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic last year, the race moved from May all the way to September. But organizers returned the race back to spring rather than late summer.

In the Kentucky Derby, there will be 20 horses participating this year. The horse will compete against each other on a 1.25-mile track. As they say, to the victor goes the spoils. For the horse and rider that wins first place, they will win a sum of $3 million.

The Derby kicks off the Triple Crown, which is composed of three races. Both the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes will follow this race. Last year, horse trainer Bob Baffert and Authentic won the race. This year, he’s hoping to win Trip Crown for the 17th time.

So who’s favored to win? Essential Quality is the favorite with 2 to 1 odds.