No longer though must we rely on getting to a television set in order to not miss one of the biggest races of the year. Advances in technology means live streaming is available now on all major sporting events, including the Kentucky Derby.
As well as live TV coverage there will be a chance to watch the Kentucky Derby via live streaming online. The race can be streamed through NBC Sports Live Extra or by using the NCB Sports Live Extra App for mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.
NBC’s online coverage mirrors their live televised coverage for the most part, taking in all the atmosphere and tradition of the day as well as just the racing. You may simply be asked for you TV provider and a password to access the online coverage.
There have been some unforgettable Kentucky Derby moments over the years beamed live to millions via TV and now online streaming. Some of the highlights are:
Coming in as favorite he had a huge reputation already, but this beautiful horse shot home to win the Derby before going on to land the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes – our last Triple Crown hero. It was Victor Espanoza’s second win in the race in a row following this ride on the brilliant California Chrome.
In front of 157,000 people, Barbaro shot him to win in a full field of 20 runners, winning by six-and-a-half lengths to be the biggest winner of the race since 1946 and without the jockey needing to use the whip down the home stretch.
The beautiful gray gave jockey Gary Stevens his second Kentucky Derby in three seasons after Thunder Gulch had landed the race two years earlier.
Positioned back in 7th after the opening quarter mile, Spectacular Bid was seen as a speed type and not thought to have too much stamina but he came home best of all to land this in great style.
This future superstar came into the 1977 season without too much expectation having cost his owners just $17,500. He won this though and became the 10th Triple Crown winner.
“Big Red” absolutely flew home in the final quarter mile of this race to pip Sham to the wire and take this race en route to winning the Triple Crown, a huge performance.
Horse races like these rightly take their place in sporting folklore and it’s a superb piece of sporting and betting evolution that means we can watch like never before. Excuses are removed now and we can get to see in real time these equine champions being crowned at Churchill Downs.
There may be a 13th Triple Crown winner this year and you can find out what each contender has to offer by checking back with our racing experts who will be offering an in-depth analysis leading up to post time at Churchill Downs.
You can bet this year’s Derby right here with TVG, but for now take a look at some other great Triple Crown races.