Where to watch the 2023 Kentucky Derby: Full schedule
Following an unprecedented outcome in the 2022 Run for the Roses, the Kentucky Derby (G1) is back for its 149th edition, set for Saturday, May 6, at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.
This year, the field of 20 three-year-old Thoroughbreds racing in the 1 1/4-mile event is headlined by champion two-year-old Forte, the 3-1 morning line favorite. Trained by two-time Kentucky Derby winner Todd Pletcher, Forte will look to become just the third horse to win the Kentucky Derby after triumphing in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) at age two.
Forte will be joined in the Derby field by stablemates Kingsbarns (12-1 morning line odds) and Tapit Trice (5-1), while 2021 Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Brad Cox has an arsenal of contenders, including Verifying (15-1), Angel of Empire (8-1), Hit Show (30-1), and Jace’s Road (50-1).
You can watch and wager on the Kentucky Derby at TwinSpires, or follow along with live coverage on NBC from noon to 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, May 6.
Below we look at the full 2023 Kentucky Derby day schedule, from start time to location, the full field, and where to watch.
When will the 2023 Kentucky Derby start?
Post time of the 2023 Kentucky Derby is 6:57 p.m. ET. Churchill Downs will host a 14-race card on Saturday, May 6, with the first post set for 10:30 a.m. and the last post scheduled for 8 p.m.
In total, there will be nine stakes races, including the Run for the Roses, on Derby Day.
Where is the 2023 Kentucky Derby?
The Kentucky Derby is the oldest continuously held major sporting event in the U.S. and has been hosted every year at Churchill Downs without interruption since 1875.
Gates will open for the Kentucky Derby at 9 a.m. ET on Saturday, May 6, at Churchill Downs.
How can I watch the 2023 Kentucky Derby?
NBC will begin live coverage from noon to 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, May 6. You can also stream the Kentucky Derby on NBCSports.com, the NBC Sports app, and Peacock.
The 2023 Kentucky Oaks will air on Friday, May 5, with NBC Sports broadcasting coverage from 1 to 6 p.m. ET on USA Network, NBCSports.com, and the NBC Sports app.
Who are the favorites in the 2023 Kentucky Derby field?
Forte was named the 3-1 morning line favorite in the Kentucky Derby, while Tapit Trice is the second choice at 5-1 and Angel of Empire is the 8-1 third choice.
In 2022, 80-1 longshot Rich Strike became the second-longest shot to claim the garland of roses after he drew into the main field following the scratch of Ethereal Road on Friday morning.
The 2023 Derby field includes three also-eligibles in Cyclone Mischief (30-1), Mandarin Hero (20-1), and King Russell (50-1). Among the main field, there are five horses tied for the longest morning line odds, at 50-1: Continuar, Jace's Road, Raise Cain, Reincarnate, and Sun Thunder.
Below is the full 20-horse Kentucky Derby field, along with morning-line odds.
2023 Kentucky Derby field
|Post position||Horse||Morning line odds|
Angel of Empire
Mandarin Hero (JPN)
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