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What day and time is the 2021 Kentucky Derby?

The first Saturday in May means the Kentucky Derby, now back with fans at Churchill Downs in 2021. We break down the details for the Fastest Two Minutes in Sports and the first jewel of the Triple Crown.

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King Fury gallops at Churchill Downs prior to the Kentucky Derby. Pat McDonogh / Courier Journal via Imagn Content Services, LLC

The first Saturday in May returns to its rightful place on the sports calendar, as the 2021 Kentucky Derby returns to her traditional date and time at Churchill Downs in Louisville. The “Run for the Roses” runs early Saturday evening in Louisville at Churchill Downs. It is the 11th race on the schedule, and is scheduled to start at approximately 6:57 p.m. ET.

It will air live on NBC Sports Network, and can be live streamed at If you don’t have a cable login to access the apps, you can get a free trial from YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, AT&T TV Now, FuboTV, or Sling TV to stream it. You can also download the Twin Spires app on Roku devices to watch all races from Churchill Downs for free.

The race is a Grade I stakes race with $3 million added to the purse. All entrants are three-year-old horses (all mares this year) traveling 1 1/4 miles. Last year’s winner was Authentic, who crossed in 2:00:61.

Essential Quality opened as the favorite in this year’s race at 2/1, but now has been bet up to 3/1 as of 15 minutes before post time. He will line up in 14th position at the starting gate.

Here is the complete list of post positions with the morning line odds for the 2021 Kentucky Derby:

1. Known Agenda 6-1
2. Like the King 50-1
3. Brooklyn Strong 50-1
4. Keepmeinmind 50-1
5. Sainthood 50-1
6. O Besos 20-1
7. Mandaloun 15-1
8. Medina Spirit 15-1
9. Hot Rod Charlie 8-1
10. Midnight Bourbon 20-1
11. Dynamic One 20-1
12. Helium 50-1
13. Hidden Stash 50-1
14. Essential Quality 2-1
15. Rock Your World 5-1
16. King Fury 20-1 Scratched
17. Highly Motivated 10-1
18. Super Stock 30-1
19. Soup and Sandwich 30-1
20. Bourbonic 30-1

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