What Time Does The Kentucky Derby Start This Year?

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Horse racing will once again take center stage in early May as the 150th Kentucky Derby will take place at Churchill Downs. The date for this year’s Kentucky Derby is Saturday, May 4. For information on what time does the Kentucky Derby start and end this year you can see the answer to that query below. Also included will be info on how to bet on this year’s “Run for the Roses.”

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What time does the Kentucky Derby start and end?

This year’s Kentucky Derby will take place on Saturday, May 4. Here is the answer to the question of what time does the Kentucky Derby start and end this year. This year’s Kentucky Derby will start at 6:57 p.m. ET.

The official Kentucky Derby website says that the race will begin at 6:45 p.m. ET but that is typically when the call to the post occurs. Horses then parade to the gate in order of their post position.

Post time is typically closer to 7 p.m. ET but you will want to have a good spot in front of the TV by 6:45 p.m. ET at the latest. The race only lasts for a little over 2 minutes so the Kentucky Derby will likely end around 7:01 p.m. ET.

Some favorites for this year’s Derby are Fierceness (5-2) and Sierra Leone (3-1).

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How long does the Kentucky Derby last?

The Kentucky Derby isn’t called “The Most Exciting 2 Minutes in Sports” for nothing. Mage won last year’s Derby with a time of 2 minutes and 1 second. The year prior, Rich Strike was victorious as he crossed the finish line with a time of 2 minutes and 2 seconds. So the Kentucky Derby normally lasts just over 2 minutes each year.

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