2017 Kentucky Derby: Where to Watch, Race Time, Post Positions

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Wondering where, when and how to watch the 143rd Kentucky Derby? You can find where to watch the Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Oaks, and pre-race coverage as well as post positions below.

NBCSN kicks off its Kentucky Derby coverage Thursday at 4pm ET with two hours of original programming. The network will air a total of 21 races, including nine this Saturday. Among those races, the Kentucky Oaks will air tomorrow, live from Churchill Downs, on NBCSN. This year’s Oaks race doesn’t have a heavy favorite, but Farrell, Abel Tasman, Miss Sky Warrior, Paradise Woods, and Salty are among the names to watch.

On Saturday, coverage will start on NBCSN at 12pm ET before being thrown over to NBC at 2:30pm ET. The broadcast on NBC will feature angles from more than 50 cameras,  interviews from Bob Costas, a guest appearance from professional golfer Jason Day, and more. Meanwhile, those who tune in either on NBCsports.com or who stream from their phone, tablet, or connected TV device via the NBC Sports app will be able to watch the race through a mosaic view of four different camera angles at once.

Kentucky Derby Schedule

Thursday – May 4

Kentucky Derby Access – 4 PM ET on NBCSN

Friday – May 5

Kentucky Oaks – 12 PM ET on NBCSN
Watch Kentucky Oaks Live

Saturday – May 6

Kentucky Derby Prep – 12 PM ET on NBCSN

Kentucky Derby – 2:30 PM ET on NBC
Watch Kentucky Derby Live

 

Po. Horse Jockey Trainer
1 Lookin At Lee Corey Lanerie Steve Asmussen
2 Thunder Snow Christophe Soumillon Saeed bin Suroor
3 Fast and Accurate Channing Hill Mike Maker
4 Untrapped Ricardo Santana Jr. Steve Asmussen
5 Always Dreaming John Velazquez Todd Pletcher
6 State of Honor Jose Lezcano Mark Casse
7 Girvin Mike Smith Joe Sharp
8 Hence Florent Geroux Steve Asmussen
9 Irap Mario Gutierrez Doug O’Neill
10 Gunnevera Javier Castellano Antonio Sano
11 Battle of Midway Flavien Prat Jerry Hollendorfer
12 Sonneteer Kent Desormeaux Keith Desormeaux
13 J Boys Echo Luis Saez Dale Romans
14 Classic Empire Julien Leparoux Mark Casse
15 McCraken Brian Hernandez Jr. Ian Wilkes
16 Tapwrit Jose Ortiz Todd Pletcher
17 Irish War Cry Rajiv Maragh Graham Motion
18 Gormley Victor Espinoza John Shirreffs
19 Practical Joke Joel Rosario Chad Brown
20 Patch Tyler Gaffalione Todd Pletcher

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Tiger Roll wins Grand National in photo finish

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AINTREE, England — Tiger Roll won the Grand National Steeplechase in a photo finish over Pleasant Company as Irish horses dominated the world’s most famous steeplechase at Aintree on Saturday.

A 4 1/2-mile (6,400-meter) race was won by a matter of inches in the closest finish to the Grand National since 2012, when Neptune Collonges won by a nose.

Tiger Roll, a 10-1 shot, was leading by as much as 10 lengths in the long run to the line, but only just held off the fast-finishing Pleasant Company (25-1) to win a first prize of 500,000 pounds ($710,000).

“I did have a big fear,” said jockey Davy Russell, who won the race for the first time at his 14th attempt. “It would have been heartbreaking.”

The first four horses home in the National were from Ireland, including Bless The Wings (40-1) and Anibale Fly (10-1).

It was the second National victory for both trainer Gordon Elliott, who also won with Silver Birch in 2007, and owner Michael O’Leary, who had 2016 winner Rule The World. O’Leary is chief executive of budget airline Ryanair.

“We bought the horse as a pint-sized hurdler,” O’Leary said, “but he’s got a heart of a lion.”

Russell grew up dreaming of winning the National. As a child, he erected Aintree-style fences in his garden and pretended to ride a horse over them.

“I’ve won this race thousands of times (in my head),” Russell said. “But not like this.”

David Mullins, the jockey of Pleasant Company, said he thought he was well-beaten after jumping the next-to-last fence.

“Davy was going so much better than me,” Mullins said.

That seemed to be the case as the horses made it past the elbow in the run to the line, but Pleasant Company closed in as Tiger Roll faded. It was too close to call as they crossed the line and the 171st edition of the race required a photo finish to separate them.

Total Recall went off as the 7-1 favorite but fell.

 

Baffert: McKinzie won’t run in Santa Anita Derby

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ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) McKinzie will miss the Santa Anita Derby on April 7 because of an unspecified problem.

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert confirmed the colt won’t run in the West Coast’s major prep for the Kentucky Derby due to an issue in one of his hind legs. X-rays and scans haven’t confirmed what it is.

Baffert said Saturday in Dubai that McKinzie is “definitely out,” according to multiple media reports. He says he’s being “very cautious.”

The colt edged Bolt d’Oro in the San Felipe Stakes on March 10, but was disqualified and placed second for interference in the stretch.

McKinzie was 10th on the Kentucky Derby leaderboard with 40 points for owners Karl Watson, Mike Pegram and Paul Weitman. The colt won the Los Alamitos CashCall Futurity on Dec. 9 and the Sham Stakes on Jan. 6.

Baffert was in the Middle East to saddle West Coast and Mubtaahij to second- and third-place finishes in the $10 million Dubai World Cup.