This might come as a surprise but I think ESPN’s coverage of the Kentucky Derby is one of the best jobs they do all year. Sure they go overboard with coverage at times and it’s rather goofy, but we’re talking about a horse race where people where funny hats and Nick Lachey is an honored guest.

This year’s ESPN coverage is going to be much of the same but there’s a bonus for you Derby fans. Mike and Mike! They’re going to be doing their radio show with special guest Kenny Mayne from the first turn.

Here’s the rest of the schedule….

ESPN’s coverage of the Kentucky Derby will include the Kentucky Derby Draw on Wednesday, April 30, at 5 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and the Kentucky Oaks on Friday, May 2, at 5 p.m. on ESPN2. Hosts Kenny Mayne and Rece Davis, analysts Jerry Bailey, Randy Moss and Jeannine Edwards, handicapper Hank Goldberg and reporters Jay Privman and Steve Cyphers will cover the stories, horses, jockeys, trainers and owners.

Wed., Apr 30

5 p.m.- Kentucky Derby Draw (ESPN2)

Thur., May 1

4:30 p.m.- Triple Crown Special (ESPN2)

Fri., May 2

3 p.m.- Today at Churchill Downs (ESPN2)
5 p.m.- Kentucky Oaks (ESPN2)

Sat., May 3

11 a.m.- Today at the Kentucky Derby (ESPN2)
Noon- Today at the Kentucky Derby (ESPN)
3 p.m.- The Kentucky Derby Special (ESPN)

NBC’s coverage starts around 4pm and the weather looks like it’s going to be good this year. Grab your funny hat, a mint julep, and make sure to bet your friends. AA is liking Colonel John.