When it comes to the ‘Sport of Kings’, you know it’s a great race when it is popular world wide. Races that come to mind include the Melbourne Cup, Arc de Triomphe and of course the Kentucky Derby, and it is the Derby that will be run and won this weekend for the 144th time.
The iconic KY Derby stops America and the racing world, and is regarded as the ‘most exciting two minutes in American sport‘, and you won’t have to miss a key moment when watching live on a standard or HD TV, or streaming the race to a mobile device with a Free trial.
2018 Kentucky Derby Preview
The Kentucky Derby began all the way back in 1875 in front of 10,000 people and until 1896 it was run over 2400 metres before being changed to its current trip, 2000 metres. The race is open to all three year old’s, with the colts and geldings carrying 57kg while the fillies carry 55kg. The race has a rich history and has been won by some champion gallopers, with 2015 Derby winner, American Pharoah, going on to complete the Triple Crown.
The 2018 edition really does evolve around the Aidan O’Brien trained Mendelssohn. O’Brien is regarded as one of the best trainers in the world, with his horses mainly racing on turf rather than dirt, and the fact he has a high class colt on dirt makes this race so fascinating. He comes to the Derby off the back of an unbelievable win in the UAE Derby on Dubai World Cup Night where he won by over ten lengths and smashed the clock in the process. He can ride a hot speed, which can more often than not be the spot to be in dirt racing.
If you are looking for value, the horse to watch is My Boy Jack, trained by J. Keith Desormeaux. He has placed in all but one of his eight career outings and comes to the Derby with multiple Stakes wins under the belt, the Lexington Stakes and Southwest Stakes, both of which have been good form references for the Derby in the past. The pace of the race is expected to be quite strong, which will suit this guy given his pattern is to stick back and launch late.
Live Australian TV Times
When: Sunday May 6
Where: Churchill Downs, Kentucky
Rider’s Up: 8.20 am (ESPN 2)
KY Derby: 8.34 am (ESPN 2)
Shown as Sydney time, adjust for regional differences. Kentucky Derby replays also shown on ESPN on Sunday, May 6th, from 10.00am – 11.00am (AEST). Kentucky Derby free to air not available in Australia.
Kentucky Derby Live Streaming and a Free Trial
You won’t find the Kentucky Derby on Free to Air TV, but ESPN will provide the most complete coverage of the ‘greatest two minutes in sports’, broadcasting live from 7.00am to 9.00am to include the ‘Riders Up’ call, singing of ‘My Old Kentucky Home‘ and the featured race itself, as well as a complete Kentucky Derby replay for a second look.
So if you’re a resident of Australia you may wish to consider Foxtel Now’s 2 weeks Free live TV Offer, which will allow you to watch the Kentucky Derby live online*, as well as offering the option to stream the Derby to eligible mobile devices through the Foxtel App for those who will be out and about.