Kentucky Derby 2014 schedule: Workouts, post times, TV coverage and more

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Check out all of the major happenings in Louisville during Derby week.

The Kentucky Derby may be known as the most exciting two minutes in sports, but there's a lot more to Derby week than 120 seconds. With the 140th running of the historic race taking place on Saturday, May 3, Churchill Downs in Louisville will be a busy place all week. Pre-Derby festivities and workouts begin on Tuesday and stretch through Saturday evening.

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Here is the full schedule of the week's events:

Tuesday, April 29

Tuesday features 10 races, with first post at 12:45 p.m. ET and the last run beginning at 5:29 p.m.

Dawn at the Downs (7 a.m.-9 a.m.): Visitors can eat breakfast while watching the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks contenders go through morning workouts.

Wednesday, April 30

Wednesday features 10 races, with first post at 12:45 p.m. and the last run beginning at 5:29 p.m.

Dawn at the Downs (7 a.m.-9 a.m.)

Derby Post Position Draw (5 p.m.): Post positions for the Kentucky Derby will be determined.

Thursday, May 1

Thursday features 11 races, with first post at 12:45 p.m. and the last run beginning at 6:12 p.m.

Dawn at the Downs (7 a.m.-9 a.m.)

Thurby (11 a.m.): Derby weekend kicks off with a celebration of horse racing, bourbon and blue grass music.

Friday, May 2

Friday features 12 races, with first post at 10:30 a.m. and the last run beginning at 6:21 p.m. In addition to the Kentucky Oaks, race day will include the Edgewood Stakes, the Eight Belles Stakes, the Alysheba Stakes, the La Troienne Stakes and the Twin Spires Turf Sprint Stakes.

Kentucky Oaks (5:49 p.m.): NBCSN's live coverage begins at 5 p.m.

Saturday, May 3

Saturday features 13 races, with first post at 10:30 a.m. and the last run beginning at 7:50 p.m. In addition to the Kentucky Derby, race day will include the American Turf Stakes, the Churchill Downs, the Churchill Distaff Turf Mile Stakes, the Humana Distaff Stakes and the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic.

Kentucky Derby (6:24 p.m.): NBC's live coverage begins at 4 p.m.

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