One of the biggest sporting events in the US will take place on Saturday, May 6. The Kentucky Derby is the Super Bowl of horse racing as millions of people watch “The Run for the Roses.” Here we will answer the question as to what time does the Kentucky Derby start. Betting on the race is plentiful and we will also go over all the ways you can wager on the Derby here.
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What time does the Kentucky Derby start and end?
One of the most asked questions this time of year is what time does the Kentucky Derby start and end? This year’s Derby will go off at its traditional start time.
The Kentucky Derby will start at 6:57 p.m. ET
Churchill Downs attempts to have the horses leave the gates as close to 6:57 p.m. ET as possible but rarely does the race begin at that exact time. Between how long it takes the horses to walk from the barn to the Paddock and how long it takes to get the horses into the gates, the start time can vary by minutes. All told, however, expected this year’s Kentucky Derby field to be galloping by 7:05 p.m. ET at the latest.
Here are the Kentucky Derby start times by time zone.
- Kentucky Derby Start Time Eastern: 6:57 p.m.
- Derby Start Time Central: 5:57 p.m.
- Kentucky Derby Begin Time Mountain: 4:57 p.m.
- Derby Start Time Pacific: 3:57 p.m.
Expect the Kentucky Derby to end by 7:07 p.m. ET.
How long does the Kentucky Derby last?
Another question that is often asked by those who are horse betting is how long does the Kentucky Derby last? The race has a nickname of “The Most Exciting 2 Minutes In Sports” and it always lives up to that mantra.
Last year’s winner, Rich Strike, finished in 2 minutes and 2 seconds. The previous year’s winner finished with a time of 2 minutes and 1 second.