WASHINGTON, May 3, 2013 —The first jewel in racing’s triple crown, the 139th Kentucky Derby takes place Saturday, May 4 with a post time of 6:24 p.m. Called the “greatest two minutes in sports,” the Derby has a $2 million purse this year.
Saturday is a full day at the races, concluding with the Derby itself. But even the undercard has grown in importance and winnings handed out are significant.
There are six big races on Derby Day, Eastern Time:
2:08 p.m. — Race 7: $400,000 Churchill Downs (GII)
2:59 p.m. — Race 8: $250,000 Churchill Distaff Turf Mile
3:49 p.m. — Race 9: $300,000 Humana Distaff
4:44 p.m. — Race 10: $500,000 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic
6:24 p.m. — Race 11: $2,000,000 Kentucky Derby
NBC will begin its coverage on May 4 at 11 a.m. ET on NBC Sports Network and continue till 4 p.m., when Derby coverage will switch to NBC, running from 4 until 7 p.m. Any change to the field or the jockeys will be announced on NBC until race time.
Bob Costas, 24-time Emmy Award winner, will host the NBC coverage with Tom Hammond, NBC Sports commentator. They will be joined by Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey, analyst Randy Moss, analysts and handicappers, Mike Battaglia and Bob Neumeier, and race caller Larry Collmus. Supermodel coach Coco Rocha will cover the Kentucky Derby fashions and celebrity interviews along with Michelle Beadle of “Access Hollywood.”
TV coverage of Derby Day at a glance:
11 a.m. — Kentucky Derby Saturday — NBCSN
4 p.m. — Kentucky Derby coverage — NBC
6:24 p.m. — Kentucky Derby race — NBC
7 p.m. — Kentucky Derby Post-race show — NBCSN
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