Wherein We Post Where and When to Watch the 2018 Kentucky Derby and Other Updates

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Sasscer Hill and Rhonda Lane
Sasscer Hill and I look ready for the 2018 Kentucky Derby Clubhouse, except we were at the Aiken Spring Steeplechase a couple of years ago.

Somehow, in a span of hours, we went from snow here in New England to 2018 Kentucky Derby week. Of course, I’m mentally ready, but not physically. Or maybe it’s vice versa? I’ve been a little distracted.

Case in point? I missed telling you about the 2018 Kentucky Derby Post Position Draw.

For good or ill, my mind has been working (stumbling?) in Fiction Mode, not Blogging Mode, until I saw where our friend Sasscer Hill posted the TV schedule on her Facebook personal page. Despite what I’ve seen all over social and traditional media, I’d been under the laughably mistaken impression I had plenty of time.

One of the staples of my blog is where and when to watch all the Derby week fun on TV.

Now, it’s not just on TV any more. Hasn’t been for years. The Sporting News lists all sorts of streaming outlets.

Also, Facebook Live streamed the Post Position Draw. “Was” being the operative verb here. On Tuesday. I think you can still watch it here on Facebook. 

Our friend Sasscer Hill who got me into gear has had a lot on her mind, too. Like the Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award for her thriller FLAMINGO ROAD, which she won at Castleton Lyons Farm in the same week she launched her second Thoroughbred Racing Protection Bureau thriller, this one set at Saratoga and titled THE DARK SIDE OF TOWN.

Sasscer Hill's Fia McKee racetrack thrillers
Sasscer Hill’s Fia McKee racetrack thrillers, including Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award winner FLAMINGO ROAD.

You regular readers of this blog know how horse-centric entertainment fares in the marketplace often weighs heavily on my mind.

I see horse-related material marginalized all too often.

The Derby prep races I watched this year, I noticed, featured announcers Jerry Bailey and Randy Moss in a studio, not at track side.

Too expensive to send the guys on location? Especially after the expensive Winter Olympics? 😉

In fairness, I’m behind on my Derby prep races anyway. The big weekend with three races is still on my DVR. (Not sure I can handle seeing video of Keeneland yet. You’ll find out why soon.)

Rhonda Lane and lesson pony
“See? It’s just the curry comb. Mints later.” And, yes, I’ve lost weight and had cataract surgery.

One of the things I’ve noticed is my obsession with the Kentucky Derby has calmed since I’ve been riding, taking hunt seat equitation lessons. I finally got back to the saddle in 2012, and I remain the world’s oldest but perhaps happiest walk-trotter.

I ride for fun, for exercise because gyms and yoga studios let my mind wander too much, for research to enhance the personalities of the equine characters in my novel(s), and to be with them, the horses.

Still, I cried a little while watching the 2018 Kentucky Derby post position draw live on Facebook. It’s why I don’t go to the Derby parties and events I see popping up even in crusty New England now.

For me, Derby is still a mix of Super Bowl Sunday and Christmas. I get too misty. I used to live in Lexington. Horse people I first meet often ask me, “Why did you move up here?”

Hindsight has shown me my life with horses wouldn’t have been as possible there as it is here. Believe it or not.

In addition to obsessing on my buddy Sasscer’s finaling in the Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award, I reported for jury duty, attended the Mystery Writers of America Edgars Week Symposium, AND finally saw “Hamilton,” after having purchased the tickets in a rare sale back in August.

The latter is the reason for the convuluted title I gave this blog post. I’ve been re-reading the so-called “Hamiltome,” the book and history of the show, while it’s fresh in my mind. The chapter titles in the book about the show are written in 18th century style, as you see above.

Finally, another pal has a nice story you might enjoy. Writer and photographer Holly Tonini tells about attending her first Derby and the generosity a member of the media showed a starry-eyed youngster.

Holly Tonini is third from the left and I’m on her left, with other “words” contributors with fine art photographer Juliet Harrison at the signing for her TRACK LIFE: IMAGES AND WORDS in Saratoga Springs for a sidewalk book signing.

Holly and I met at a sidewalk book signing for fine art photographer Juliet Harrison’s TRACK LIFE: IMAGES AND WORDS. Holly had just graduated from college. Juliet had invited us, among others, to contribute words to accompany her breath-taking images.


So, without further ado, here’s the TV Derby schedule. As usual, it’s all NBC:

  • 4-6:30 pm EDT May 3 Derby Access NBCSN
  • 12-3 pm EDT May 4 Kentucky Oaks Undercard NBCSN
  • 5-6:30 pm EDT May 4 Kentucky Oaks 144 NBCSN
  • 12-2:30 pm EDT May 5 Kentucky Derby Undercard NBCSN
  • 2:30-7:30 pm EDT May 5 Kentucky Derby 144 NBC-TV with a 6:46pm ET Kentucky Derby Post Time

Happy Holidays, y’all!

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  • Connie J Hambley
    May 3, 2018

    Thanks for the schedule! I shall be living the Derby life vicariously from “up here.”

  • Rhonda Lane
    May 3, 2018

    Me, too, Connie. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and saying, “hi.”