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Horse racing will certainly be earlier in the American sporting activities landscape 11 months after Amerihave the right to Pharoah captured the initially Triple Crvery own considering that 1978. And of course, the Kentucky Derby was the greatest step he took alengthy the way before winning the next two races to put himself in the sport"s pantheon of greatness.

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Will we view even more of the exact same at this year"s Kentucky Derby? We do not know, and also we do not know exactly how the civilization will react since we witnessed the background we"d waited so lengthy for just a year back. Amerideserve to Pharoah was a truly unique equine, after all. But the beauty of the Kentucky Derby is that tbelow will certainly always be a Triple Crown hopeful coming out of it, barring injury. That provides us some excitement entering the Preakness and, with a win at Pimlico, major intrigue for the Belmont Stakes.

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A handful of races this spring go a long way in determining the field and also odds for the Kentucky Derby. Good finishes in prep races earn points towards qualifying for the Derby. 

What day is the Kentucky Derby?

The Kentucky Derby, as constantly, will certainly be organized in the time of the initially Saturday in May at Churchill Downs in Louisvile, Ky. This year, it drops on May 7, via the Kentucky Oaks run on May 6.

The Preakness Stakes will be 2 weeks after the Derby, with the Belmont 3 weeks after that. 

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What time does the Kentucky Derby start? 

There"s even more to Derby Saturday than simply the signature event, which will be run at roughly 6:34 p.m. ET on May 7. There are even more than a dozen undercard races — last year, one even featured Wes Welker"s steed Undrafted. It won. 

Kentucky Derby 2016 TV schedule, channel

NBC still carries all 3 Triple Crvery own equine races each spring, and the network will kick off its coverage through the Kentucky Derby short article position draw on NBC Sports Netjob-related on Wednesday of Derby week.

NBC Sports Network will certainly likewise broadcast 5.5 hours of Kentucky Oaks coverage on Friday beginning at 12:30 p.m. ET and also 4 hrs of Derby undercard races before TV action switches over to NBC at 4 p.m. ET.

Kentucky Derby 2016 contenders, odds

The Kentucky Derby prep races wrap up the third weekend in April, the Arkansas Derby the the majority of remarkable.

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Nyquist is unbeaten in seven starts with wins in the Breeders" Cup Juvenile last fall and also Florida Derby in the time of the first weekend in April. He"s trained by Doug O"Neill, who saddled I"ll Have Another, the 2012 Kentucky Derby and also Preakness winner. Exaggerator won the Santa Anita Derby and also finiburned fourth in the Breeders" Cup Juvenile. Mohaymales was unbeaten in five starts prior to finishing fourth in his initially Grade 1 Stakes race, the Florida Derby.

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