Kentucky Derby Rescheduled For September, Will Take Place With Fans

Riders cross the finish line at the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs last year.

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Riders cross the goal at the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in 2015.

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He added that Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear sought advice from the racetrack about the new guidelines.

Kentucky hasnt seen a significant spike in brand-new coronavirus cases like some states throughout the country, though brand-new cases have plateaued.

The Belmont Stakes ran last week in New York with no viewers and drew an approximated 4 million audiences on television. Tiz the Law, who was favored to win at 4-5 chances, took first there. The Preakness Stakes, the last and 3rd race of the Triple Crown, is scheduled for Oct. 3.

The Kentucky Derby will occur in the fall with viewers, racing location Churchill Downs announced on Thursday.

” Our team is deeply committed to holding the very best Kentucky Derby ever, and we will take all needed steps to secure the health and wellness of all who take part and go to in the Derby,” Churchill Downs Racetrack President Kevin Flanery said.

The most famous horse racing occasion on the planet, generally kept in May, will now take location from Sept. 1 to Sept. 5. The Kentucky Derby will be on Sep. 5, and the Kentucky Oaks– a race for 3-year-old fillies– will run a day previously.

” In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have actually developed an extensive set of running treatments, that include a wide range of precautionary measures to be followed while fans remain in presence at our facility,” Flanery said.

Churchill Downs stated it worked with state and regional health officials to establish a strategy that would enable the race to happen amid issues over the coronavirus pandemic.

The preventative measures consist of limited capacity at the historic outdoor place, no barn access to anyone besides workers, and an upgraded standard procedure that says guests will be “regularly motivated” to wear masks and to practice social distancing.

Tiz the Law, with jockey Manny Franco, crosses the goal Saturday in front of an empty grandstand to win the 152nd running of the Belmont Stakes horse race in Elmont, N.Y.

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Tiz the Law, with jockey Manny Franco, crosses the goal Saturday in front of an empty grandstand to win the 152nd running of the Belmont Stakes horse race in Elmont, N.Y.

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