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When is the 2018 Kentucky Derby? Post time, race start, how to watch live

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The 2018 Kentucky Derby will be the 144th annual Run for the Roses at Churchill Downs.

The famous horse race commonly known as “The Most Exciting Two Minutes In Sports,” is set for Saturday, May 5. The race will consist of 20 horses competing for the $2 million prize.

MORE: Kentucky Derby winners, Triple Crown horses

Last year, the Kentucky Derby implemented the “Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby” to give horses based in Japan a possible entry in the race. This year that same opportunity was provided to European horses as well.

To check out horse racing’s most highly anticipated event, here’s when, where and how to watch the 2018 Kentucky Derby live.

When is the 2018 Kentucky Derby?
The Kentucky Derby is always held on the first Saturday in May. This year, that date is May 5. The Kentucky Oaks is a race for 3-year-old fillies (female horses) and will run on Friday, May 4.

The Derby is the first Triple Crown race of the year and will be followed by the Preakness Stakes on May 19, and the Belmont Stakes on June 9.

MORE: Live stream the Derby on fuboTV (7-day free trial)

What time is the Kentucky Derby?
The Kentucky Derby post time is scheduled for 6:34 p.m. ET, but the actual race isn’t set to start until 6:46 p.m. and only lasts for about two minutes.

How to watch the Kentucky Derby
You can watch the 2018 Kentucky Derby on NBC’s live TV broadcast. The Derby can also be live-streamed online at NBCSports.com or through the NBC Sports app, as well as fuboTV (sign up for a 7-day free trial).

How to watch pre-race coverage

NBC will provide TV coverage from 2:30-7:20 p.m. ET. NBC Sports Network will broadcast Derby Access from 4-6 p.m. on Thursday, May 3; the Kentucky Oaks 144 from 12-6:20 p.m. on Friday, May 4; with the Kentucky Derby Undercard from 12-2:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 5. The events can also be live-streamed on fuboTV.

2017 Kentucky Derby winner
The winner of last year’s Kentucky Derby was Always Dreaming, who edged out the likes of Lookin’ at Lee and Battle of Midway to secure the victory. Always Dreaming had the 5/1 odds to win, just behind the favorite, Classic Empire, at 4/1.

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