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When is the 2021 Kentucky Derby?

The 147th Kentucky Derby is almost here, and for the first time since 2019, fans will likely be in attendance.


"The Greatest Two Minutes In Sports" takes place on Saturday, May 1 this year. It will begin at 7:01 p.m. EST. You can watch it on NBC, while the undercard is on NBC Sports Network.


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Derby Week officially kicks off on April 24 and concludes on May 1.


The Kentucky Oaks, meanwhile, takes place on Friday, April 30. If you're attending the Kentucky Oaks, be sure to wear pink.


The 2020 Kentucky Derby took place in September, as COVID-19 wreaked havoc on the sporting calendar.


The 2021 edition is back in its usual early May home.


Are fans allowed?


As of now, Churchill Downs is looking to have spectators at 40-50% capacity. That would mean 20,000-30,000 people would be on hand to watch the 147th Derby.


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Masks would be required for guests and employees. This is in accordance with local Kentucky healthy guidelines.


One big difference from previous years it that seats will be all-inclusive, in an effort to cut down on mobilization and human-to-human interaction.


Who won the 2020 Kentucky Derby?


Authentic won the 2020 Kentucky Derby in 2:00.61. As a result, horse trainer Bob Baffert is now tied for the record with six Kentucky Derby wins. Authentic was 8:1 to win the morning of the race.






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