With the GI Kentucky Derby postponed until September, NBC will present a special show Saturday–the traditional “first Saturday in May”–headlined by American Pharoah’s Kentucky Derby win five years ago. The show begins at 3 p.m. ET.
The three-hour The First Saturday In May: American Pharoah’s Run to the Triple Crown will look back at American Pharoah’s down-to-the-wire victory in the 141st Kentucky Derby, while introducing new stories and content.
In addition, the broadcast will highlight Churchill Downs’ first-ever virtual horse race–The Kentucky Derby: Triple Crown Showdown, a computer-simulated version of a race between the 13 past Triple Crown winners under the historic Twin Spires. Called by NBC Sports’ Triple Crown race caller Larry Collmus and created by Inspired Entertainment, the virtual race will feature the 13 past Triple Crown winners and use data algorithms, including historical handicapping information about each horse to help determine the probability of their potential finishing positions.
Beginning Thursday, fans will be able to visit www.KentuckyDerby.com to choose their favorite horse to win the virtual race and join Churchill Downs in making a charitable donation to COVID-19 emergency relief efforts.
Following the special NBC Derby Day show, NBCSN presents TVG Trackside Live at 6 p.m. ET, headlined by live coverage of the GI Arkansas Derby from Oaklawn Park.