What Time Does the 2023 Kentucky Derby Start? Post Time by Time Zones

What Time Does the 2023 Kentucky Derby Start? Post Time by Time Zones


The 149th annual running of the Kentucky Derby will take place at the Churchill Downs racetrack on Saturday, May 6, 2023. As the prestigious event approaches, both casual and hardcore horse racing fans are wondering when the first leg of the American Triple Crown will begin.

Here's what you need to know about the start time for the 2023 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.

What Time is 2023 Kentucky Derby Eastern Time?

The 2023 Kentucky Derby will start at 6:57 p.m. ET on Saturday, May 6 from Churchill Downs Racetrack in Louisville, Kentucky. It will be the 12th race on the schedule as the day's events officially begin at 10:30 a.m. ET.

What Time is 2023 Kentucky Derby Central Time?

Horse racing fans in the central time zone tuning in to the 2023 Kentucky Derby will be able to watch the 149th annual running starting at 5:57 p.m. CT. The first race of the day kicks off at 9:30 a.m. CT.

What Time is 2023 Kentucky Derby Mountain Time?

Those on mountain time can tune in to NBC at 4:57 p.m. ET to watch the 2023 Kentucky Derby. As mentioned above, there will be a variety of races during the day leading up to the legendary event.

What Time is 2023 Kentucky Derby Pacific Time?

Out on the west coast, coverage of the 2023 Kentucky Derby starts at 9 a.m. ET on NBC, just shortly after the first races of the day take place. Fans should be ready to watch the main race at 3:57 p.m. PT.

2023 Kentucky Derby Start by Time Zones

Time Zone

Main Race Start

Kentucky Derby Coverage Start

Eastern Time

6:57 p.m.

12 p.m.

Central Time

5:57 p.m.

11 a.m.

Mountain Time

4:57 p.m.

10 a.m.

Pacific Time

3:57 p.m.

9 a.m.

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