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When is the 2019 Kentucky Derby?

The Race

The Kentucky Derby is known as "The Most Exciting 2 Minutes in Sports", because the race literally takes slightly longer than two minutes, at a distance of 1 1/4 miles or 2 kilometers. The derby only allows 3 year old thoroughbred horses, which means a horse only gets 1 chance in their lifetime to win the big race! Check out the Past Winners of the Kentucky Derby. The Kentucky Derby, along with the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes, make up the 3 legs of the Triple Crown.

Date and Time

The 2019 Kentucky Derby will take place on Saturday, May 4th, with the horses leaving the gate at 6:34 P.M. Eastern Time.


The Kentucky Derby takes place in Louisville, Kentucky and the name of the track is Churchill Downs.

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