Watch Kentucky Derby 2021: Live stream, start time, TV, odds, full list of horses for 147th horse race at Churchill Downs. It’s time for the 147th running of the Kentucky Derby. After being disrupted in 2021 by the COVID-19 pandemic, the opening race of the Triple Crown returns to its usual home at the start of May at Churchill Downs.
That means the fancy hats and mint juleps will be back in force in the crowds as fans return to one of the biggest events of the horse racing calendar. Essential Quality remains the favorite heading into the race as betting opens up for this weekend with the official post time set for just before 7 p.m. EST.
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Sunday’s race coverage will air on TV via NBC. You can watch the broadcast for free by signing up for a free trial of fuboTV, Sling or Peacock.
Kentucky Derby 2021
Start time: 6:57 p.m. EST post time for the start of the race
TV channel: NBC — with race coverage starting at 2:30 p.m. EST
Live stream: NBC Sports Live | fuboTV | Sling | Peacock – You can watch the race online using your cable login credentials via NBC Sports Live. If you don’t have cable, you can sign up for fuboTV, Peacock and Sling (or use their free trial) to watch online.
Odds, full list of horses
More coverage via the Associated Press
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Horse racing could be in line for another Triple Crown bid and this time the likely candidate is an undefeated horse from a barn other than Bob Baffert’s.
Baffert, of course, is the sport’s dominant trainer who guided American Pharoah in 2015 and Justify in 2018 to sweeps of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont.
Essential Quality brings the most impressive resume into the 1 1/4-mile Derby on Saturday. No surprise, then, that he’s the early 2-1 favorite in a full field of 20 horses.
Even Baffert agrees.
“To me, it’s Essential Quality’s race,” said the six-time Derby winner, who will attempt to win a record-breaking seventh with a rare long shot, 15-1 Medina Spirit.
That’s the case, in part, because Baffert’s top two candidates — Life Is Good and Concert Tour — were derailed by injury and a dull effort in a final prep, respectively.
Essential Quality certainly has all the credentials most observers would want in a Triple Crown contender.
The gray colt comes into the Derby undefeated in five career races over four different tracks. He was last year’s 2-year-old champion and winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. He showed toughness in his final prep in the Blue Grass Stakes, winning by a neck over Derby foe Highly Motivated after a stretch duel.