Complete Broadcast Information for the Kentucky Derby

James WilliamsAnalyst IIIMay 2, 2013

Curchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby will draw many viewers come Saturday
Curchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby will draw many viewers come SaturdayAndy Lyons/Getty Images

As we get ready for Saturday’s 139th Kentucky Derby, many things come to mind. Each year, the Derby draws viewers to television screens around the world to watch what is called “the fastest two minutes in sports.”

One must say that the iconic Churchill Downs track with its old Southern charm, ladies with stylish hats and the band playing "My Old Kentucky Home" is a picture taken from the 1950s. There is something about tradition and the history of the event that draws viewers.   

There can be no doubt that the outstanding horses are the stars of the show. We remember their names even years after they have won: I'll Have Another, the winner last year; Winning Colors, who won in 1988, was the last filly to win the race; and of course Affirmed in 1978, the last horse to win the Triple Crown. All are names that come to mind without hitting a key to check Google.  

There has been a bit of controversy this year, but not about the race or any of the horses entered in the Derby. No, this actually has to do with Churchill Downs greatly reducing the size of the press box and developing that space into what is being called “The Mansion at Churchill Downs.” It is a luxury suite reserved for very important guests.

There will be two areas for the media covering the event. The first one is at the top of the grandstand about 150 yards from the finish line. But most of the press will watch the race on TV in a new press area on the first floor of the Churchill Downs offices.   

NBC Universal will offer plenty of race coverage, starting with a full slate of races Saturday leading up to the Run for the Roses. The vast majority of the early coverage will be aired on NBC Sports Network much in the same way that it was done last year.

On radio, fans can listen to the race on Horse Racing Radio Network, as well as on SiriusXM Radio. Sirius Channel 93 and XM Channel 209 will have all of the race action Saturday.  

Also on Saturday, SiriusXM will air a special edition of "Down The Stretch," hosted by Dave Johnson and Bill Finley, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time. Johnson, the acclaimed track announcer who called the Derby for 24 years, and Finley will discuss all the stakes races happening that day at Churchill Downs, provide the latest Derby news and pre-race analysis, and interview jockeys, trainers and owners.


The broadcast details (all Eastern times)


4 p.m.: Kentucky Derby Classics—Animal Kingdom on NBCSN

5 p.m.: Kentucky Derby Access on NBCSN



4 p.m.: Kentucky Derby Classics—I’ll Have Another on NBCSN

Beginning at 5 p.m.: Kentucky Oaks live coverage on NBCSN

Radio: Horse Racing Radio Network and SiriusXM

Broadband: NBC Sports Live Extra


11 a.m.: Kentucky Derby Saturday on NBCSN

4 p.m.: The Kentucky Derby on NBC

7 p.m.: Kentucky Derby Post-Race Show on NBCSN

Radio: Horse Racing Radio Network and SiriusXM

Broadband: NBC Sports Live Extra


As the sports media columnist for the Washington Examiner , I receive all of the press releases from the broadcast networks.