Where to watch Kentucky Derby 2024: live stream horse racing online from anywhere today

Mage #8, ridden by jockey Javier Castellano crosses the finish line to win the 149th running of the Kentucky Derby ahead of the 2024 150th edition of the event
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Today’s Kentucky Derby is up there with the Super Bowl in terms of popularity, which makes the 150th running of the 1.25-mile race at Churchill Downs in Louisville essential viewing. Fierceness is the favorite, but the three-year-old colt has an erratic streak that promises to make the run for the roses an absorbing affair.

Read on and we'll show you how to watch Kentucky Derby 2024 from anywhere with a VPN, and potentially for FREE.

Kentucky Derby live streams: TV schedule, dates

The 2024 Kentucky Derby live stream takes place on Saturday, May 4.
► Post time: 6:57 p.m. ET / 3:57 p.m. PT / 11:57 p.m. BST / 8:57 a.m. AEST (May 5)
• FREE Watch on Virgin Media Player (Ireland)
U.S. — NBC (via Sling / Fubo / Peacock)
• U.K. — Sky Sports Racing
 AUS Kayo Sports (FREE trial)
• Watch anywhere — try PrivadoVPN

Fierceness' main rival is completely different in almost every discernible way. Whereas Sierra Leone is a model of consistency, who tends to bide his time before springing into gear down the home stretch, Fierceness prefers to lead the charge and stay at the front of the pack. When it works it's spectacular. It's when it doesn't that's the problem. 

From five starts, Fierceness has been victorious three times... and fallen dramatically short of expectations twice. In his corner, however, he has the knowhow of three-time Kentucky Derby-winning jockey John Velazquez, and one of the event's most successful trainers, Todd Pletcher.

Sierra Leone, meanwhile, has won four of five starts and is in red-hot form, going unbeaten so far in 2024, and trainer Chad Brown has been building towards a Kentucky Derby victory, having scored a second-place finish in 2018 and third in 2022.

Read on as we explain where to watch 2024 Kentucky Derby live streams where you are. 

Watch 2024 Kentucky Derby free online

Horse racing fans in Ireland can watch for FREE on Virgin Media Two (TV) and stream the race for FREE on Virgin Media Player (online).

Away from Ireland? You can unblock the free stream from abroad with a good VPN. More on that further down the page.

Watch 2024 Kentucky Derby in the U.S.

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In the U.S., the 2024 Kentucky Derby is being televised on NBC. Live coverage begins on the channel at 2:30 p.m. ET / 11:30 a.m. PT on Saturday.

If you're keen to catch the buildup too, USA Network will provide coverage from Churchill Downs from 12 p.m. ET / 9 a.m. PT.

NBC is a local broadcast network that can accessed with one of the best TV antennas or through a cable TV package.

If you've already cut the cord and don't have cable, you can watch NBC and USA Network on a live TV service, like Sling TV, Fubo, YouTube TV, Hulu With Live TV, and DirecTV Stream.

Of these options, we recommend Sling TV and Fubo, two of the best cable TV alternatives

Sling TVget their first month half-price

Sling TV is one of the most affordable live TV services on the market. The Sling Blue package includes more than 50 channels including USA Network and NBC in select markets. Right now, new subscribers can get their first month half-price.

Fuboa 7-day free trial

Fubo has all of the major networks, including NBC and USA Network. Who needs cable? Not Fubo subscribers. It's got a 7-day free trial so you don't need to pay up front. 

How to live stream Kentucky Derby 2024 on Peacock

The Kentucky Derby will also be available to live stream via Peacock.

A subscription to Peacock is $5.99 a month for Premium membership, but the $11.99 Premium Plus plan gives you an ad-free experience. 

Not only is Peacock one of the best streaming services, but it's also available on most of the best streaming devices.


Peacock is the home of the vast NBCUniversal library, including every episode of The Office (here's our in-depth list of the best Peacock shows to watch). Subscribers can also watch live NFL and EPL action, and episodes of current NBC series.

Watch Kentucky Derby 2024 from anywhere

If you are abroad and want to watch the Kentucky Derby online, a VPN (Virtual Private Network) might be the answer to your prayers.

The software allows your devices to appear to be back in your home country regardless of where in the world you are, making it ideal for anybody away on vacation or on business. PrivadoVPN is an excellent option for this purpose.


As well as having some of the most eye-catching prices around, PrivadoVPN is a fantastic tool for unblocking geo-restricted content like that on the BBC iPlayer. In our testing, we found it has rapid WireGuard speeds, is nice and easy to use, and you can give it a try with its free version, too. We're happy to recommend this Swiss-based VPN.

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Watch Kentucky Derby 2024 in Australia

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Aussies will find Kentucky Derby live streams on ESPN2 via Foxtel.

Don't have Foxtel and don't want to subscribe? Specialist streaming service Kayo Sports is also showing the Kentucky Derby, with its affordable, commitment-free plans starting from just $25/month, and hosting plenty of cricket, AFL, rugby, F1 and loads of other live sports besides.

There's also a 7-day FREE trial for anybody who hasn't used the service before.

Not in Australia right now? You can simply use a VPN like PrivadoVPN to watch all the action on your Kayo account as if you were back home.

Can you watch Kentucky Derby 2024 in the U.K.?

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The Kentucky Derby will be shown live on Sky Sports Racing and Racing TV in the UK.

Any Americans or Aussies who are currently abroad in the country can use one of the best VPN services to access their usual streaming service. We recommend PrivadoVPN

The main race is set to begin at 11:57 p.m. BST on Saturday night.

Kentucky Derby runners and riders 2024

  1. Dornoch | Luis Saez
  2. Sierra Leone | Tyler Gaffalione
  3. Mystik Dan | Brian Hernandez Jr.
  4. Catching Freedom | Flavien Prat
  5. Catalytic | Jose Ortiz
  6. Just Steel | Keith Asmussen
  7. Honor Marie | Ben Curtis
  8. Just a Touch | Florent Geroux
  9. T O Password | Kazushi Kimura
  10. Forever Young | Ryusei Sakai
  11. Track Phantom | Joel Rosario
  12. West Saratoga | Jesus Castanon
  13. Endlessly | Umberto Rispoli
  14. Domestic Product | Irad Ortiz Jr.
  15. Grand Mo The First | Emisael Jaramillo
  16. Fierceness | John Velazquez
  17. Stronghold | Antonio Fresu
  18. Resilience | Junior Alvarado
  19. Society Man | Frankie Dettori
  20. Epic Ride | Adam Beschizza

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Aatif Sulleyman

Aatif is a freelance journalist and copywriter based in the UK. He’s written about technology, sport and politics for a wide range of publications including TechRadar, What Hi-Fi?, The Independent, Trusted Reviews, and Newsweek. These days, he focuses mainly on streaming at Future, an arrangement that combines two of his greatest passions: live TV and penny-pinching. When he's not attending a top-flight English soccer match, you can find him perfecting his table tennis skills.