Kentucky Derby Week Television Coverage

The 138th running of the Kentucky Derby (G1) is Saturday, and the NBC Sports group will have it covered, with 14 ½ hours of coverage beginning on Wednesday on the NBC Sports Network, with the Run for the Roses broadcast live on NBC on Saturday.

The Derby and Oaks coverage will feature co-hosts Bob Costas, a 22-time Emmy Award-winner, and veteran NBC Sports commentator Tom Hammond; three-time Kentucky Derby winner Gary Stevens; contributing analysts/handicappers Mike Battaglia and Bob Neumeier; analyst Randy Moss; host Laffit Pincay, III; reporters Kenny Rice, Donna Brothers and Jay Privman; race caller Larry Collmus. Also, TODAY’s Jenna Wolfe will contribute features and Catt Sadler of NBCUniversal’s E! will talk Kentucky Derby fashions and handle celebrity interviews.

Hall of fame jockey and two-time Kentucky Derby-winner Jerry Bailey will join NBC Sports Network’s commentary team on Derby Day. Bailey, who also won twice in the Preakness and twice in the Belmont, won the Kentucky Derby in 1993 (Sea Hero) and 1996 (Grindstone).

Horse Racing Radio Network ( will be providing live radio coverage of the races on both Oaks and Derby Day.

HRTV will broadcast live from Churchill Downs all week and will be showing the Churchill Downs races live.

TVG will be broadcasting a Kentucky Oaks and Derby Preview Show this week.

(All times eastern)

May 2

4:00 to 5:00: Derby Classics

NBC Sports Network


5:00 to 6:00: Kentucky Derby Post Position Draw

NBC Sports Network


May 3

4:00 to 5:00: Derby Classics

NBC Sports Network


5:00 to 6:00: Derby Access

NBC Sports Network


May 4

4:00 to 5:00: Derby Classics

NBC Sports Network


5:00 to 6:00 Kentucky Oaks (G1)


May 5

11:00 to 4:00: Kentucky Derby Day undercard

NBC Sports Network


4:00 to 5:00: Access at the Kentucky Derby/Red Carpet Special

NBC Sports


5:00 to 7:00: 138th Kentucky Derby

NBC Sports


7:00 to 8:00: Kentucky Derby Post Show

NBC Sports Network


ESPN Classic Coverage of vintage running’s of the Kentucky Derby


May 1

1999 Kentucky Derby, 1:00AM-1:30AM

1999 Kentucky Derby, 2:30AM-3:00AM

1999 Kentucky Derby, 10:00PM-10:30PM

1999 Kentucky Derby, 11:30PM-12:00AM


May 2

1987 Kentucky Derby, 2:00AM-2:30AM

1977 Kentucky Derby, 2:30AM-3:00AM

1997 Kentucky Derby, 3:00AM-3:30AM

1987 Kentucky Derby, 3:30AM-4:00AM

1998 Kentucky Derby, 9:00AM-9:30AM

1987 Kentucky Derby, 9:30AM-10:00AM

1977 Kentucky Derby, 7:00PM-7:30PM

1987 Kentucky Derby, 7:30PM-8:00PM

1977 Kentucky Derby, 8:00PM-8:30PM

1987 Kentucky Derby, 8:30PM-9:00PM


May 3

1997 Kentucky Derby, 1:00AM-1:30AM

1998 Kentucky Derby, 1:30AM-2:00AM

1999 Kentucky Derby, 2:00AM-2:30AM

1997 Kentucky Derby, 2:30AM-3:00AM


May 4

1975 Kentucky Derby, 9:30AM-10:00AM

1977 Kentucky Derby, 10:00AM-10:30AM

1978 Kentucky Derby, 10:30AM-11:00AM

1979 Kentucky Derby, 11:00AM-11:30AM

1980 Kentucky Derby, 11:30AM-12:00PM

1986 Kentucky Derby, 12:00PM-12:30PM

1987 Kentucky Derby, 12:30PM-1:00PM

1988 Kentucky Derby, 1:00PM-1:30PM

1989 Kentucky Derby, 1:30PM-2:00PM

1995 Kentucky Derby, 2:00PM-2:30PM

1997 Kentucky Derby, 2:30PM-3:00PM

1998 Kentucky Derby, 3:00PM-3:30PM

1999 Kentucky Derby, 3:30PM-4:00PM

Whirlaway, 11:00PM-12:00AM


May 5

Whirlaway, 1:00AM-2:00AM

Whirlaway, 9:00PM-10:00PM

Whirlaway, 11:00PM-12:00AM


May 6

Whirlaway, 1:00AM-2:00AM


May 7

1977 Kentucky Derby, 12:00AM-12:30AM

1978 Kentucky Derby, 12:30AM-1:00AM

1975 Kentucky Derby, 8:00AM-8:30AM

1977 Kentucky Derby, 8:30AM-9:00AM

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