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Demling is fading Hot Rod Charlie, even though he's one of the top 2021 Kentucky Derby favorites. Stream the event with our live stream now.

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When is the Kentucky Derby 2021!! The 147th Kentucky Derby is on Saturday, May 1. 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

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learn about the race’s rich history, what to bring to the event, and how to bet on the horses. Our Triple Crown page also has profiles of all of the contenders, and follow ABR on social media for updates on the race in the days ahead plus photos and videos from our team on-site at Churchill Downs.

What time does the Kentucky Derby start?

NBC’s live coverage will begin at 2:30 p.m. Eastern, hosted by Tirico. The race will post at 6:57 p.m., and will stream on the NBC Sports App and Early coverage will begin at noon on NBC Sports Network.

When:  Saturday May 1
Where:  Churchill Downs, Louisville, 
Post Time: 6:57 p.m ET
Host: Mike Tirico
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NBC Sports begins its Kentucky Derby coverage on NBCSN from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET on May 1. The broadcast shifts to NBC from 2:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. ET. 

Whether you are interested in making a couple of bucks on the race or just want to know a little bit about this year’s runners, we’ve got you covered with our 2021 Kentucky Derby Cheat Sheet.

Top 2021 Kentucky Derby predictions

One shocker: Demling is fading Hot Rod Charlie, even though he’s one of the top 2021 Kentucky Derby favorites. In fact, Demling says Hot Rod Charlie doesn’t even hit the board. The son of Oxbow and Indian Miss enters the 2021 Kentucky Derby full of confidence after winning the Louisiana Derby in March.

In addition, Hot Rod Charlie finished less than a length behind Essential Quality in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile last fall. However, Hot Rod Charlie will break from the No. 9 post on Saturday, which means he could be pushed to the back if he doesn’t get a good break. Riva Ridge in 1972 was the last horse to win the Kentucky Derby from the No. 9 post, which shows how difficult it is for a horse to set the pace from the middle of the pack. Demling sees far better values in the 2021 Kentucky Derby field.

The 20 horses and their odds of winning

  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)
  17. Highly Motivated (10-1)
  18. Super Stock (30-1)
  19. Soup and Sandwich (30-1)
  20. Bourbonic (30-1)

Triple Crown Dates

After the pandemic forced a reshuffling of the normal Triple Crown order in 2020 for the first time in 90 years, the three big races — Kentucky Derby, Preakness, Belmont — are back this year in their traditional sequence and normal spots on the calendar.

This year’s Triple Crown schedule is:

  • Kentucky Derby: Saturday, May 1; Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. (NBC)
  • Preakness Stakes: Saturday, May 15; Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore (NBC)
  • Belmont Stakes: Saturday, June 5; Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y. (NBC)

Who won the Kentucky Derby in 2021?

The winner of last year’s coronavirus-delayed Kentucky Derby was Authentic, earning Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert his record-tying sixth Derby win.

This year, Baffert hopes to break the record with Medina Spirit (15-1), teaming up with last year’s winning jockey John Velazquez. But Baffert already tried to lower expectations in interviews with reporters ahead of the race, claiming Medina Spirit was “a cut below” the top horses.

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