Kentucky Derby 2016 Schedule

Schedule for 2016 Kentucky Derby

The 2016 Kentucky Derby will take place on Saturday, May 7th. Gates will open at 8 AM on Derby Day with the post time for the first race set at 10:30 AM. The approximate post time for the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby will be 6:24 PM.

Saturday offers a full day of racing culminating in the 'main event' of the Kentucky Derby. The 'undercard' on Derby Day has also grown in scale and now the majority of the racing day is comprised of stakes races with six figure purses. In addition to the usual parties and social events surrounding the Kentucky Derby there's been a renewed effort by the city of Louisville to make it into a bigger 'marquee event' for the entire region.

The 2016 Kentucky Oaks - the major stakes competition for three year old fillies - will take place on Friday, May 1 . As is the case with the racing on Saturday the gates will open at 8 AM with first post time at 10:30 AM. The approximate post time for the Kentucky Oaks will be approximately 5:45 PM Friday afternoon.

Both the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks take place one week after the start of the spring race meet at Churchill Downs which begins on April 27 and continues through early July. Another important event to put on the calendar is the Derby Post Position Draw where gate assignments will be determined. This information is crucial for handicappers and bettors and will take place at 5 PM Eastern on Wednesday, April 30.

TV Schedule for 2016 Kentucky Derby

If you can't make it to Churchill Downs to enjoy the Kentucky Derby live there will be unprecedented television coverage of the entire racing week. NBC will air the Kentucky Derby live with all pre and post race events to be broadcast on the NBC Sports Network ('ormerly known as 'Versus'). The NBC Sports Network will cover the Kentucky Oaks (approximate post time 5:45 PM) and Kentucky Derby Post Position Draw live and also feature pre-race analysis and retrospectives of previous year's races. The Kentucky Derby will be televised live on NBC beginning at 4 PM Eastern on Saturday. NBCSN Coverage of the Kentucky Oaks will begin at 5 PM Eastern on Friday. There will also be exhaustive pre and post race coverage on the dedicated horse racing networks TVG and HRTV as well as the Horse Racing Radio Network (HRRN).