Racing fans can watch the 2016 Kentucky Derby live online and see if this year’s event can match the fervor that American Pharoah kicked off at last year’s Classic.
The Kentucky Derby will be broadcast Saturday on NBC, with coverage starting at 4 p.m. and post time for the race itself at 6:34 p.m. There will also be livestreaming video available for all of the coverage (a link to the video can be found below).
The 2016 Kentucky Derby is seen as a wide-open affair with four or five different horses picked to top the field. Last year, it was quite different, with American Pharoah seen as the far-and-away favorite. He delivered, winning the Kentucky Derby followed by the Preakness and Belmont Stakes to score the first Triple Crown in four decades.
The torrid month-long stretch of wins for American Pharoah led to a boom in popularity for horse racing with 22 million people tuning in to the Belmont Stakes last year to see if he could complete the trifecta. As ESPN noted, that was more people than the number tuned in for a January playoff game between the Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots earlier in the year.
The Triple Crown winner created a gambling boom, as well, with $135 million bet at the Belmont Stakes, which the New York Racing Association said was the second-highest total in its history.
“The sport needed a Triple Crown,” said Victor Espinoza, American Pharoah’s jockey. “I met a lot of incredible people, a lot of new people. They don’t know much about the sport, and that’s interesting. It’s a good sign. It’s a good thing. They want to know about horse racing, and that’s always a good thing.”
Fans who watch the 2016 Kentucky Derby live online will see a new frontrunner, one with much longer odds of scoring the Triple Crown. The overwhelming favorite is Nyquist, a 3-year-old colt raised in Kentucky. He stood at 3-to-1 odds on Friday, the best in the field, but is not seen as a strong threat to win all three races in the Triple Crown.
If sports fans think that name sounds familiar, there’s a good reason. The horse is owned by a die-hard Detroit Red Wings fan and named after Swedish player Gustav Nyquist.
While Nyquist is seen as the favorite for Saturday’s Kentucky Derby, experts point to three or four other horses with good chances to win. Forbes writer Guy Martin likes Gun Runner at 10-to-1 odds.
“Gun Runner hasn’t run a race in six weeks, since his win in the Louisiana Derby. To some that may seem like too long between starts, but he did win the Louisiana Derby coming off of a five-week layoff. I think he has got to be considered as one of the top horses in the race.”
Here is the complete field for Saturday’s 2016 Kentucky Derby, including each horse’s jockey and odds (as of Friday morning).
1. Trojan Nation (Aaron Gryder, 50-1)
2. Suddenbreakingnews (Luis Quinonez, 20-1)
3. Creator (Ricardo Santana Jr, 10-1)
4. Mo Tom (Corey Lanerie, 20-1)
5. Gun Runner (Florent Geroux, 10-1)
6. My Man Sam (Irad Ortiz Jr, 20-1)
7. Oscar Nominated (Julien Leparoux, 50-1)
8. Lani (Yutaka Take, 30-1)
9. Destin (Javier Castellano, 15-1)
10. Whitmore (Victor Espinoza, 20-1)
11. Exaggerator (Kent Desormeaux, 8-1)
12. Tom’s Ready (Brian Hernandez Jr, 30-1)
13. Nyquist (Mario Gutierrez, 3-1)
14. Mohaymen (Junior Alvarado, 10-1)
15. Outwork (John Velazquez, 15-1)
16. Shagaf (Joel Rosario, 20-1)
17. Mor Spirit (Gary Stevens, 12-1)
18. Majesto (Emisael Jaramilla, 30-1)
19. Brody’s Cause (Luis Saez, 12-1)
20. Danzing Candy (Mike Smith, 15-1)
Also Eligible: Laoban (50/1), Cherry Wine (30/1)
Those who want to watch the 2016 Kentucky Derby live online can do so at NBC Sports Live Extra.
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