The 145th running of the Kentucky Derby is a few hours away. Gamblers and horse-racing fans alike are getting prepared. This year's field features 20 horses who will be competing for a largest-ever guaranteed purse of $3 million, an increase of $1 million from last year.What time does the Kentucky Derby Start?
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Held on the first Saturday in May, the Kentucky Derby is the a Grade I stakes race culminating a two-week Kentucky Derby festival. The Churchill Downs race day card begins at 12:45 p.m. Post time for the 145th Run for the Roses is 6:50 p.m. All times eastern.The Kentucky Derby – known as "the fastest two minutes in sports" – is the first race of the famed Triple Crown. The Preakness Stakes is set for the third Saturday in May. The final race, the Belmont Stakes, is held three weeks after the Preakness. Trending News Exclusive: John Kelly Jacksonville Plane In River Trump-Putin call Explosion In IllinoisHow to watch the Kentucky Derby Derby coverage starts at 2:30 p.m. NBC will not stream the actual Kentucky Derby race on their NBC Sports Live service. Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019 Where: Churchill Downs, Louisville, Kentucky Post time: 6:50 p.m. ET TV broadcast time: 2:30 p.m. TV channel: NBC Online Stream: NBC Sports Live (subscription required) or stream live on fubo.tv – start a free trialWeather forecast for Saturday's Kentucky DerbyOne variable to keep on eye on this Saturday is the weather. rain has been a factor in the previous two years, rating the track at Churchill Downs as both "sloppy" and "muddy."According to the National Weather Service, light to moderate rain is expected to move northeast this morning. Light rain showers are expected to move through the Louisville area through noon today. While rain may taper off before post-time, the wet weather and previous races may slow down horses for the Running of the Roses feature.Kentucky Derby weather over the yearsRain has fallen on Derby day 68 times over its past 144 runnings. With over three inches of rainfall on race day, last year's was the wettest-ever in Kentucky Derby history.The warmest temperature ever recorded for the Kentucky Derby was 94 degrees in 1959, according to the National Weather Service. The coldest was 36 degrees in 1940 and 1957.Omaha Beach – Derby favorite – is outOne shocker coming into the race is that the favorite,