Kentucky Derby 2021 TV coverage begins today Saturday, May 1 at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC.
Post time is set for approximately 6:57 p.m. ET.
It’s almost time to watch the Kentucky Derby 2021 online, for free and without cable if you’ve cut the cord. The Kentucky Derby is back, after last year’s race was delayed until September and then held without spectators due to the pandemic.
Kentucky Derby weekend is finally here, and back on schedule in 2021. The Run for the Roses — and the huge weekend of thoroughbred racing that comes with it in Louisville — was pushed back into the fall last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, after the race was held without fans in 2020, reserved seating will be open to 40 to 50 percent capacity with an additional 15 to 25 percent capacity in the infield.
The event returns to its traditional spot on the first Saturday in May at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. Last year, the race was bumped to September due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. While the 2020 race was held at very limited spectators and extensive safety protocols, 147th annual Kentucky Derby will be hosted at 40-50% capacity with spectators socially distanced and wearing masks.
Grab your mint julep and sport your most elaborate hat as you watch, either in person or at home, 20 horses run the 1 1/4-mile race. It’s the first leg of the Triple Crown, followed by the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes.