Kentucky Derby 2023 live stream: How to watch online right now, race time, horses and odds

Rich Strike (L) with Sonny Leon up and Mo Donegal (R) with Iran Ortiz Jr. up head toward the first turn during the 148th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 07, 2022 in Louisville, Kentucky.
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The Run for the Roses is mere hours away, as we you can watch the Kentucky Derby 2023 live stream online for free and without cable this evening. And the 149th Kentucky Derby just lost one of the top horses — just as news broke of more horses dying at Churchill Downs.

Kentucky Derby 2023 start time, channel

Kentucky Derby 2023 TV coverage begins Saturday (May 6) at 12 p.m. ET / 9 a.m. PT / 5 p.m. BST / 3 a.m. AEDT on NBC and Peacock.
Race start time: Post time is set for approximately 6:57 p.m. ET / 3:57 p.m. PT / 11:57 p.m. BST / 9:57 a.m. AEDT

10 hours before the race began, Florida Derby winner Forte got scratched from the race. Forte had been the 3-1 favorite. Now, Angel of Empire and Tapit Trice are the odds-on favorites, at 9-2 odds.

This year's field features 18 horses, and they'll run the 1.25-mile track in the hope of a first place finish and $1.86 million prize. The Kentucky Derby is the first leg of the Triple Crown of horse racing, followed by the Preakness two weeks from now and the Belmont Stakes in June.

Four other horses have been scratched from the list: Skinner, Practical Move, Lord Miles and Continuar.

Churchill Downs is dealing with a bit of a furor over the recent deaths of seven horses, which has ignited safety concerns. The venue said, "We have full confidence in our racing surfaces and have been assured by our riders and horsemen that they do as well.”

Here is everything to know about how to watch the Kentucky Derby 2023 online. 

How to watch Kentucky Derby 2023 from anywhere on Earth

Just because NBC and Peacock aren't available everywhere doesn't mean you need to miss the Kentucky Derby 2023 if you're away from home. Watching along with the rest of the internet can be pretty easy. With the right VPN (virtual private network), you can stream the show from wherever you go.

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How to watch Kentucky Derby 2023 live streams in the US

In the U.S., fans can watch Kentucky Derby 2023 TV coverage Saturday, May 7 starting at 12 p.m. ET on NBC and Peacock. 

Approximate post time for the race is 6:57 p.m.

NBC can be accessed for free 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 on a live TV service, like Sling TV Blue (or Orange + Blue), Fubo, Hulu With Live TV, YouTube TV and DirecTV Stream.

Of these options, we recommend Sling and FuboTV. They're two of the best streaming services in the market.

Sling TV

Sling TV gives you live TV at an affordable price. The Sling Blue package includes more than 50 channels including NBC and Fox (in select cities), AMC, Bravo, Food Network, HGTV, Lifetime and USA. Right now, new subscribers get half off their first month.


Fubo is a great alternative to a cable package, especially for sports fans. With the Pro Plan ($75 per month), you get over 120 channels, including NBC, the other broadcast networks and top cable brands like AMC, E!, HGTV, FX, ESPN, Syfy and Paramount Network. You can check out everything Fubo offers with a seven-day free trial.

How to watch Kentucky Derby 2023 live streams in the UK

British horse racing fans can tune into the Kentucky Derby on Sky Sports, with coverage starting at 8:45 p.m. BST. Post time is approximately 11:57 p.m. (so you'll have to stay up a bit late).

For travelers abroad who want to use the services they already pay for, check out ExpressVPN.

How to watch Kentucky Derby 2023 live streams in Canada

Previously, Canadians have been able to get Kentucky Derby action on TSN. However, the race does not appear on any of the schedules for the TSN networks at this time. 

Subscribers can access their streaming services to watch the race with the help of  ExpressVPN.

How to watch Kentucky Derby 2023 live streams in Australia

For racing enthusiasts Down Under, the Kentucky Derby appears to be airing on ESPN if you get it through your cable package. 

For other options, look into ExpressVPN to find an available live stream.

Kentucky Derby 2023 horses, odds and post positions

The 149th Kentucky Derby has a field of 18 horses. Here are their names, post positions and current odds according to

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Post positionHorseOdds
1Hit Show 24-1
3Two Phil's8-1
4Confidence Game 18-1
5Tapit Trice9-2
10Practical Move SCRATCHED
12Jace's Road30-1
13Sun Thunder29-1
14Angel of Empire9-2
16Raise Cain29-1
17Derma Sotogake7-1
18Rocket Can27-1
19Lord Miles SCRATCHED
21Cyclone Mischief27-1
22Mandarin Hero19-1
23King Russell30-1

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Kelly is the streaming channel editor for Tom’s Guide, so basically, she watches TV for a living. Previously, she was a freelance entertainment writer for Yahoo, Vulture, TV Guide and other outlets. When she’s not watching TV and movies for work, she’s watching them for fun, seeing live music, writing songs, knitting and gardening.