Horse racing will be back in the national spotlight on Saturday with the 148th Kentucky Derby, and fans are hoping there is less drama this time than last.
A year ago, Medina Spirit won the Kentucky Derby, only to be stripped of the win for a post-race drug test. Mandaloun was declared the winner of the race, and the team took home the $1.8 million winner’s share. Bob Baffert, Medina Spirit’s trainer, was suspended, and will not be able to enter any horses into the 2022 Kentucky Derby.
The favorite to begin the Triple Crown with a win is Zandon, who enters the Kentucky Derby field with 3-1 odds to finish first at Churchill Downs. Epicenter (7-2) and Messier (8-1) are next up.
Looking to watch the Kentucky Derby? Here’s everything you need to know, including the post time and TV channel for the race.
What time is the Kentucky Derby today?
Date: Saturday, May 7
Post time: 6:57 p.m. ET
TV coverage: NBC
NBC will kick off coverage of the 2022 Kentucky Derby at 2:30 p.m. ET. Viewers will have to wait a little bit to get to the race, however, as the post time is not until 6:57 p.m. ET at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.
Earlier races at the Kentucky Derby will begin at noon and will be broadcast on USA Network.
What channel is the Kentucky Derby on?
TV channel: NBC
Live stream: NBCSports.com | Peacock | fuboTV
NBC has been the broadcast home of the Kentucky Derby since 2000, and it will be again in 2022. Mike Tirico will anchor the broadcast throughout the day with Larry Collmus calling the race. NBC will also carry the Preakness Stakes on May 21 and the Belmont Stakes on June 11.
There are also streaming options for those who have cut the cord on cable. The race can be seen on NBCSports.com, or on NBC’s streaming platform, Peacock. NBC’s coverage can also be viewed on fuboTV, which offers a free trial.