When is the 2022 Kentucky Derby and where to watch it: TV schedule, post time, live stream
The first Saturday in May is known around the world as one of the most important dates in sports, when millions of people around the globe turn their attention to the 2022 Kentucky Derby.
To get you ready for the most exciting two minutes in sports, read below to find out the date, post time, TV schedule, and more for the 148th running of the Kentucky Derby, presented by Woodford Reserve.
When is the 2022 Kentucky Derby
Traditionally held the first Saturday in May, the 148th edition of the Kentucky Derby will take place Saturday, May 7, 2022.
The beloved racing event was first run in 1875 at Churchill Downs Racetrack in Louisville, Kentucky, and has occurred on the first Saturday in May since 1946, with the exception of two dates — the 1945 Derby was held June 9 because of World War II and the 2020 Kentucky Derby was postponed until Sept. 5 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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2022 Kentucky Derby TV schedule
NBC is home to the 2022 Kentucky Derby and will provide coverage before, during, and after the 1 1/4-mile race.
A complete schedule will be announced closer to the date of the Derby.
NBC will also broadcast the 2022 Kentucky Oaks (G1) on Friday, May 6, as well as the 2022 Preakness S. (G1) on May 21 and the Belmont S. (G1) on June 11.
2022 Kentucky Derby post time
In 2021, the post time for the 147th Kentucky Derby was 6:57 p.m. ET. The official post time of the 2022 Kentucky Derby will be named at a later date.
How to watch the 2022 Kentucky Derby
The Grade 1 Thoroughbred stakes race for three-year-olds will be televised live by NBC. You can also catch the race via livestream on NBCSports.com, Peacock, the NBC Sports app, and via TwinSpires.com and the TwinSpires app.
Follow along with all the latest news and updates on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @kentuckyderby or @twinspires.
To purchase tickets, visit KentuckyDerby.com.
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Kentucky Derby facts and figures
The annual Run for the Roses is held on the dirt track at Churchill Downs and features a maximum field of 20 three-year-old Thoroughbreds, a much larger field than the average horse race.
To earn a spot as a Derby entry, horses compete along the Road to the Kentucky Derby, a series of 35 prep races at tracks across the world where points are awarded to the horses that finish in the top four of each event. The 20 horses with the most points receive a spot in the starting gate for the first leg of the Triple Crown of U.S. Thoroughbred Racing. The Preakness and Belmont comprise the final two legs in the three-race series.
Qualifying races in the Road to the Kentucky Derby include the Florida Derby (G1), Louisiana Derby (G2), UAE Derby (G2), Wood Memorial (G2), and Santa Anita Derby (G1), among others.
The winner of the Kentucky Derby receives $1.86 million of a $3 million purse, traditionally the largest of all three Triple Crown races.