Get those horses and jockeys to the starting gate. It’s time for “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports.”
The 2021 Kentucky Derby will serve as the first leg of this year’s Triple Crown series. Essential Quality (2-1) is considered the betting favorite to win the race, but there are a few other top contenders capable of emerging victorious, including Rock Your World (5-1), Known Agenda (6-1) and Hot Rod Charlie (8-1).
Which horse will end the evening draped in roses? We’re about to find out.
Sporting News is tracking live race updates and highlights from the 2021 Kentucky Derby. Follow along here for complete results from Churchill Downs.
Kentucky Derby finish order
|3||Hot Rod Charlie||$5.20|
- Final time: 2:01.02
- $2 Exacta (8-7) paid $503.60
- $1 Trifecta (8-7-9) paid $1,696.90
- $1 Superfecta (8-7-9-14) paid $9,456.40
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Kentucky Derby live updates, highlights, results
(All times Eastern)
7:10 p.m. — Bob Baffert is now the winningest trainer in Kentucky Derby history.
7:05 p.m. — The unofficial top four: Medina Spirit, Mandaloun, Hot Rod Charlie and Essential Quality.
7:01 p.m. — Medina Spirit holds off the rest of the field to win the 2021 Kentucky Derby!
7 p.m. — Medina Spirit takes the early lead with Soup and Sandwich not far behind.
6:59 p.m. — And they’re off!
6:50 p.m. — Bring out the bugle. Almost race time.
6:35 p.m. — Looks like “Mattress Mack” found some loose change.
6:25 p.m. — More than 51,000 fans are ready to watch the 2021 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.
The official attendance of 51,838 at today’s #KentuckyDerby is the largest crowd at an American sporting event since the pandemic began 14 months ago. It tops the Alabama spring football game, which hosted 47,218 a couple weeks ago.
— Hayes Gardner (@HayesGardner) May 1, 2021
6:15 p.m. — Wow. The Turf Classic ends in a dead heat.
5:55 p.m. — It’s time to play the “Tom Brady looks like…” game on Twitter.
5:45 p.m. — Of course Aaron Rodgers made a “Celebrity Jeopardy” reference with his Kentucky Derby name tag.
2021 Kentucky Derby post time
Coverage of the 2021 Kentucky Derby will begin at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC. The race, which has a post time of 6:57 p.m. ET, will be held at at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.
You can also stream the Derby live with fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial.
Kentucky Derby post positions
Below is the full list of starting spots, as well as each horse’s odds of winning the Kentucky Derby.
|2||Like The King||50-1|
|9||Hot Rod Charlie||8-1|
|15||Rock Your World||5-1|
|19||Soup And Sandwich||30-1|