Update: May 4, 2019, 8:05 p.m. ET
For the first time in history, the horse who finished first in the Kentucky Derby did not gallop away with the prize. According to the derby’s official Twitter account, the long-shot thoroughbred Country House was declared the winner after officials determined that Maximum Security, the horse who crossed the line first, would be disqualified for blocking other horses during the stretch. The unprecedented ruling, not surprisingly, is already proving controversial on social media.
NBC has a posted a video of the race’s final seconds so you can see for yourself.
— NBC Sports (@NBCSports) May 4, 2019
The 145th running of the Kentucky Derby is happening today at Churchill Downs in Louisville, featuring 20 oddly named thoroughbred horses in what is promising to be a soggy event. According to Sporting News, the purse is up to $3 million, so there’s a lot at stake.
If you’re a cord cutter who wants to watch the big race live on your smart TV, phone, or computer, you’ll need access to NBC, which has the exclusive broadcasting rights.
Coverage of the Kentucky Derby begins on NBC at noon ET today (Saturday, May 4). The race is scheduled to begin approximately at 6:50 p.m. ET. If you don’t have cable or an over-the-air antenna, you still have a few options for live-streaming the action. I’ve rounded up some choices below:
- Streaming services. Many streaming services offer live access to NBC, including Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, Hulu With Live TV, YouTube TV, FuboTV, and DirecTV Now. Check your zip code first before signing up to make sure NBC is offered in your area.
- NBC’s website and mobile apps. You can access live feeds of NBC on its website or via its NBC Sports mobile apps on iOS or Android. You’ll need login credentials with a pay-TV provider for this option.
- Locast. This free nonprofit service lets you stream over-the-air broadcast networks, but it’s only available in select cities. Find it here.