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2012 Kentucky Derby: Tentative Race Schedule, Post Times and TV Information

Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby Day.
Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby Day.

Kentucky Derby day is not only a day for the biggest race in America, but it’s also a two-day feast of excellent stakes action at Churchill Downs on Oaks Day (Friday) and the Derby undercard. Post time for the 2012 Kentucky Derby is scheduled for 6:24pm Eastern/3:24pm Pacific. The Kentucky Oaks is scheduled to run at 5:45pm Eastern/2:45pm Pacific on Friday, May 4th.

The Derby undercard will feature the traditional all-stakes Pick 6, along with a Pick 4 that includes the G2-Churchill Distaff Turf Mile, G2-Churchill Downs, G1-Woodford Reserve Turf Classic, and G1-Kentucky Derby. The Pick 6 includes the G3-Twin Spires Turf Sprint (ugh, a turf sprint!), and the G1-Humana Distaff.

Six stakes races are scheduled for Oaks Day, including the ungraded Edgewood, G2-Eight Belles, G2-La Troienne, G2-Alysheba, G2-American Turf, and G1-Kentucky Oaks.

Below is the tentative race schedule and post times for the complete 2012 Kentucky Derby and 2012 Kentucky Oaks day cards (based on the Churchill Downs Spring Condition Book #1; all times Eastern). Some of the maiden and allowance races may be swapped out for alternate races depending on the entries for each.

Race Schedule and Conditions
Day Race# Post Time TV Race Age/Sex Distance Surface
4-May 1 10:30 HRTV MdSpWt 3up, f&m 6.0 Dirt
4-May 2 11:00 HRTV MdSpWt 3up, f&m 8.0 Dirt
4-May 3 11:30 HRTV MdSpWt 3up 8.0 Turf
4-May 4 12:05 HRTV OC $75k/N1X 3yo,f 7.0 Dirt
4-May 5 12:43 HRTV OC $75k/N1X 3yo, f 8.5 Dirt
4-May 6 1:26 HRTV Edgewood 3yo, f 8.5 Turf
4-May 7 2:08 HRTV G2-Eight Belles 3yo, f 7.0 Dirt
4-May 8 3:02 HRTV G2-La Troienne 3up, f&m 8.5 Dirt
4-May 9 3:52 HRTV G2-Alysheba 4up 8.5 Dirt
4-May 10 4:44 HRTV G2-American Turf 3yo 8.5 Turf
4-May 11 5:45 NBCSN G1-Kentucky Oaks 3yo, f 9.0 Dirt
4-May 12 6:21 HRTV OC $80k/N3$ 3up, f&m 8.0 Turf
Day Race# Post Time TV Race Age/Sex Distance Surface
5-May 1 10:30 HRTV MdSpWt 3up 6.0 Dirt
5-May 2 11:00 HRTV MdSpWt 3up 8.0 Dirt
5-May 3 11:30 NBCSN OC $75k/N1X 3yo 8.5 Dirt
5-May 4 12:04 NBCSN OC $75k/N1X 3yo 7.0 Dirt
5-May 5 12:38 NBCSN OC $100k/N2X 3yo 8.5 Dirt
5-May 6 1:19 NBCSN G3-Twin Spires Sprint 4up 5.0 Turf
5-May 7 2:08 NBCSN G1-Humana Distaff 4up, f&m 7.0 Dirt
5-May 8 2:59 NBCSN G2-Churchill Distaff Turf Mile 4up, f&m 8.0 Turf
5-May 9 3:51 NBCSN G2-Churchill Donws 4up 7.0 Dirt
5-May 10 4:46 NBC G1-Woodford Turf Classic 4up 9.0 Turf
5-May 11 6:24 NBC G1-Kentucky Derby 3yo 10.0 Dirt
5-May 12 7:20 HRTV OC $80k/N3$ 3up 8.5 Turf
5-May 13 7:50 HRTV Allowance N2$ 3up 6.5 Dirt

And here's a look at the TV schedule from NBC, NBCSN and HRTV. Let's hope NBC shows the Woodford Turf this year. (Should we take bets on that?)

2012 Kentucky Derby TV Schedule
Date Time TV Event
2-May 4:00pm NBCSN Kentucky Derby Classics
5:00pm NBCSN 2012 Kentucky Derby Post Position Draw
3-May 4:00pm NBCSN Kentucky Derby Classics
5:00pm NBCSN Kentucky Derby Access
4-May 9:30am HRTV Kentucky Oaks Day Coverage
4:00pm NBCSN Kentucky Derby Classics
5:00pm NBCSN 2012 Kentucky Oaks
5-May 9:30am HRTV Kentucky Derby Undercard
11:00am NBCSN Kentucky Derby Undercard
4:00pm NBC Access at the Kentucky Derby/Red Carpet Special
5:00pm NBC 2012 Kentucky Derby