May 7, 2016; Louisville, KY, USA; during the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

The Kentucky Derby 2020: Date, Venue, Timing, live stream options, and more details.


One of the most prestigious horse racing events in the world, the Kentucky Derby is an annual event which has taken place since 1875.

It started off as one part of the three legs of the American Triple Crown races. 

The Kentucky Derby is a historic Grade I race in which 3-year-old thoroughbred horses participate. The horses run a distance of about 2 kilometers at Churchill Downs. It is the crowning event of the Kentucky Derby Festival which occurs over a period of 2 weeks.

This race has been dubbed with many names such as the “Run for the Roses” because of the garland of roses draped over the winner and the “fastest two minutes sport in the world” because of the blazing speed of the event.

The Kentucky Derby of 2020 is set to be the 146th iteration of this historic race.


The Kentucky Derby has always been held at Louisville, Kentucky, United States of America.


Since its inception, this race has regularly taken place on the first Saturday of May. However, 2020 has upset many norms and traditions because of the unprecedented onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic which has taken over the human world.

The Kentucky Derby has also felt the effect of the virus as its date has been shifted to the 5th of September in 2020.


The official name of this year’s race will be the 2020 Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve due to a sponsorship deal with Woodford Reserve.

How to watch the 2020 Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve live from anywhere in the world?

To watch this iconic race live from anywhere in the world you’ll need to make certain preparations beforehand, regarding TV channels and streaming services. Here we will be listing out all the official and not-so-official ways in which you may catch the races live on Saturday, September 5, from the comfort of your homes.

TV coverage:

The NBC network owns the rights to live broadcast of this USA based event. 

The NBC Sports channel will start airing the Kentucky Derby 2020, on the 5th of September at 12 P.M. ET. The broadcast will begin with a Kentucky Derby Undercard race.

The main event will start at around 2:30 P.M. and will be broadcasted live on the NBC channel.

Around 6:30 P.M. the jockeys will mount their respective horses and the main “Run for the Roses” will begin soon afterward.

To watch the races live on your TV set, you will need to obtain a cable TV subscription of a package that contains channels of the NBC network, such as FS2 and NBCSN.

Online Streaming Services:

In case you would rather prefer to watch the races over an internet connection, you can visit the official broadcasting site of NBC networks at NBC Sports Live Online ( All you will need to do is access your existing account or create a new online account, then log in using your cable TV subscription credentials or buy an entirely new online streaming package. Access the site on the day of the race to catch all the action in high definition. The races will be broadcasted at too, where one can also place bets. If you would rather listen to a free live audio coverage of the races, has your back.

Mobile Streaming Options:

For those of you wanting to catch the races live while on the move, you can use the NBC Sports mobile streaming app, which you can get on many platforms like iTunes App Store, Google Play, Amazon FireTV, Roku, Xbox, Samsung, and Microsoft.

You can also avail of the top streaming services like Hulu with Live TV, YouTube TV, and AT&T TV Now, which come with free trial periods. 

Using a VPN to watch the races:

If you are not a US resident or will be outside the USA during the race, you might find these streaming services restricted for your location due to geo-blocking. A VPN software like ExpressVPN or NordVPN will allow you to disguise your actual internet connection IP address and simulate an IP address of US location. You just need to change your IP address accordingly and access the servers where these streaming services are operating to purchase the relevant packages and watch the race.

Watching the races live on Reddit:

Reddit is a social media site where people from all over the world share media of many different forms. You have to create a Reddit account or log in to your existing account in a free process. Then search for subreddits related to the 2020 Kentucky Derby. You will find many related videos, behind the scene footages, interviews, etc. and if you are lucky you might even find a live streaming link that has not been censored or someone streaming the races live from the location. If you are fortunate you may be able to stream the races for FREE!



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