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Kentucky Oaks 2023: How to Watch Oaks Day Races Online

Kentucky Oaks

Getty The 2023 Kentucky Oaks will take place on Friday, May 5.

Before Saturday’s main event at Churchill, the fillies will take part in the 2023 Kentucky Oaks on Friday.

Coverage of the Oaks Day races, including the main event Kentucky Oaks (5:51 p.m. ET start time), will be televised on USA Network from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. ET.

If you don’t have cable, you can watch a live stream on FuboTV or DirecTV Stream, which both include USA Network and come with a free trial.

Those are the two best live stream options if you’re cutting cable and you want a free option, but there are also some other alternatives, so here’s a full guide on the different ways to watch the 2023 Kentucky Oaks streaming live online:

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FuboTV

You can watch a live stream of USA Network and 100-plus other TV channels on FuboTV, which comes with a free seven-day trial:

FuboTV Free Trial

Once signed up for FuboTV, you can watch the 2023 Kentucky Oaks live on the FuboTV app or FuboTV website.

Compatible devices for the FuboTV app include Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV or Fire Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Xbox One or Series X/S, Samsung TV, LG TV, any device with Android TV (such as a Sony TV or Nvidia Shield), iPhone, Android phone, iPad or Android tablet.

You can also watch live on the NBC Sports app or NBCSports.com. You’ll need to sign in to a cable provider to watch this way, but you can use your Fubo credentials to do that.


DirecTV Stream

DirecTV Stream has four different channel packages: “Entertainment,” “Choice,” “Ultimate” and “Premier.” USA Network is included in every one, and you can pick any package and any add-on you want with your free five-day trial:

DirecTV Stream Free Trial

Once signed up for DirecTV Stream, you can watch the 2023 Kentucky Oaks live on the DirecTV Stream app or DirecTV Stream website.

Compatible devices for the DirecTV Stream app include Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV or Fire Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Samsung TV, any device with Android TV (such as a Sony TV or Nvidia Shield), iPhone, Android phone, iPad or Android tablet.

You can also watch live on the NBC Sports app or NBCSports.com. You’ll need to sign in to a cable provider to watch this way, but you can use your DirecTV Stream credentials to do that.


Peacock TV

If you’ve used up all your free trials for other streaming services, this is the cheapest way to watch a live stream of the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby–a simulcast of NBC’s coverage will be on Peacock Premium, which costs $4.99 per month:

Get Peacock TV

Once signed up for Peacock, you can watch the 2023 Kentucky Oaks live on the Peacock TV app or Peacock TV website.

Compatible devices for the Peacock TV app include Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV or Fire Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Xbox One or Series X/S, PlayStation 4 or 5, Samsung TV, LG TV, any device with Android TV (such as a Sony TV or Nvidia Shield), iPhone, Android phone, iPad or Android tablet.


Sling TV

You can watch a live stream of USA Network and 40-plus other TV channels via Sling TV’s “Sling Blue” package. This option doesn’t include a free trial, but it’s the cheapest long-term streaming service with sports channels, and you can get your first month half off:

Get Sling TV

Once signed up for Sling TV, you can watch the 2023 Kentucky Oaks live on the Sling TV app or Sling TV website.

Compatible devices for the Sling TV app include Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV or Fire Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Xbox One or Series X/S, Samsung TV, LG TV, any device with Android TV (such as a Sony TV or Nvidia Shield), airTV Mini, Oculus, Portal, iPhone, Android phone, iPad or Android tablet.

You can also watch live on the NBC Sports app or NBCSports.com. You’ll need to sign in to a cable provider to watch this way, but you can use your Sling credentials to do that.


Hulu With Live TV

You can watch a live stream of USA Network and 65+ other TV channels via Hulu With Live TV, which also includes access to both ESPN+ and Disney+ at no extra cost:

Get Hulu With Live TV

Once signed up for Hulu With Live TV, you can watch the 2023 Kentucky Oaks live on the Hulu app or Hulu website.

Compatible devices for the Hulu app include Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV or Fire Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Xbox One or Series X/S, PlayStation 4 or 5, Nintendo Switch, Samsung TV, LG TV, any device with Android TV (such as a Sony TV or Nvidia Shield), iPhone, Android phone, iPad or Android tablet.

You can also watch live on the NBC Sports app or NBCSports.com. You’ll need to sign in to a cable provider to watch this way, but you can use your Hulu credentials to do that.


Kentucky Oaks 2023 Preview

Per tradition, the Kentucky Oaks is held every year the day before the Kentucky Derby. The race is a 1 1/8 miles with a $1.25 million purse going to the winner

Wet Paint is the favorite to win the Oaks this year and she’ll be taking off from the No. 7 post spot.

Trainer Brad Cox is happy with the draw. “It’s a good draw. I think there’s going to be some speed in there which should benefit her,” said Cox. “We’ll see but ultimately it comes down to the trip for her. She’s one that doesn’t have much speed and has to close into what we hope will be a hot pace and hopefully she can get there.”

Winner of the Fair Grounds Oaks in late March, Southlawn could be coming on at the right time and will be a potential upset candidate to watch.

“We’ve been very fortunate. She just seems to be doing really well at the right time,” Southlawn’s trainer, Norm Casse, said. “I feel like she’s doing better now than she was going into the Fair Grounds Oaks. It’s one of those things where everything just seems to be clicking at the right time.”

Three horses (Taxed, Julia Shining and Hoosier Philly) made the also-eligible list and could be drawn if there’s a scratch.

Here’s a look at the horses competing in the Kentucky Oaks this year, also-eligibles included:

1. Mimi Kakushi (20-1 morning-line odds)
Jockey: Mickael Barzalona
Trainer: Salem bin Ghadayer
Owner: Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed al-Maktoum
Career record: 5 starts – 3 wins – 0 seconds – 0 thirds
Career earnings: $212,701

2. The Alys Look (15-1)
Jockey: Javier Castellano
Trainer: Brad Cox
Owners: Ike and Dawn Thrash
Career record: 6 starts – 2 wins – 1 second – 2 thirds
Career earnings: $190,528

3. Gambling Girl (15-1)
Jockey: Irad Ortiz Jr.
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Owner: Repole Stable
Career record: 9 starts – 2 wins – 2 seconds – 2 thirds
Career earnings: $257,410

4. Southlawn (8-1)
Jockey: Rey Gutierrez
Trainer: Norm Casse
Owner: Robert E. Masterson
Career record: 7 starts – 3 wins – 0 seconds – 0 thirds
Career earnings: $318,369

5. Wonder Wheel (12-1)
Jockey: Joel Rosario
Trainer: Mark Casse
Owner: D. J. Stable
Career record: 7 starts – 4 wins – 2 seconds – 0 thirds
Career earnings: $1,578,225

6. Botanical (4-1)
Jockey: Chris Landeros
Trainer: Brad Cox
Owners: LNJ Foxwoods and Clearsky Farms
Career record: 6 starts – 4 wins – 1 second – 0 thirds
Career earnings: $374,410

7. Wet Paint (5-2)
Jockey: Flavien Prat
Trainer: Brad Cox
Owner: Godolphin
Career record: 6 starts – 4 wins – 1 second – 0 thirds
Career earnings: $689,000

8. Promiseher America (30-1)
Jockey: Jorge Vargas Jr.
Trainer: Ray Handal
Owners: Hoffman Thoroughbreds and Tom F. McCrocklin
Career record: 4 starts – 2 wins – 1 second – 0 thirds
Career earnings: $198,138

9. And Tell Me Nolies (15-1)
Jockey: Ramon Vazquez
Trainer: Peter Miller
Owner: Peter Redekop B.C. Ltd.
Career record: 7 starts – 3 wins – 2 seconds – 0 thirds
Career earnings: $472,800

10. Flying Connection (15-1)
Jockey: Florent Geroux
Trainer: Todd Fincher
Owners: Brad King, Randy Andrews, G. Chris Coleman, Jim Cone, Suzanne Kirby, and Lee Lewis
Career record: 7 starts – 4 wins – 0 seconds – 1 third
Career earnings: $294,700

11. Defining Purpose (12-1)
Jockey: Brian Hernandez Jr.
Trainer: Kenny McPeek
Owners: Magdalena Racing, Colette Marie Vanmatre and James Ball
Career record: 7 starts – 3 wins – 0 seconds – 1 third
Career earnings: $543,688

12. Dorth Vader (20-1)
Jockey: Luis Saez
Trainer: Mike Yates
Owner: John Ropes
Career record: 8 starts – 4 wins – 0 seconds – 1 third
Career earnings: $339,633

13. Affirmative Lady (10-1)
Jockey: John Velazquez
Trainer: Graham Motion
Owner: AMO Racing USA
Career record: 6 starts – 2 wins – 1 second – 2 thirds
Career earnings: $270,568

14. Pretty Mischievous (10-1)
Jockey: Tyler Gaffalione
Trainer: Brendan Walsh
Owner: Godolphin
Career record: 6 starts – 4 wins – 1 second – 1 third
Career earnings: $501,310

(Also-Eligible) 15. Taxed (20-1)
Jockey: Rafael Bejarano
Trainer: Randy Morse
Owner: Richard Bahde
Career record: 7 starts – 1 win – 2 seconds – 0 thirds
Career earnings: $199,644

(Also-Eligible) 16. Julia Shining (15-1)
Jockey: Luis Saez
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Owner: Stonestreet Stables
Career record: 4 starts – 2 wins – 0 seconds – 2 thirds
Career earnings: $262,575

(Also-Eligible) 17. Hoosier Philly (30-1)
Jockey: Edgar Morales
Trainer: Tom Amoss
Owner: Gold Standard Racing Stable
Career record: 5 starts – 3 wins – 0 seconds – 1 third
Career earnings: $478,610

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