First time in history Kentucky Derby will not have spectators in person: this weekend

This weekend the rescheduled Kentucky Derby race is going to be unlike any other.

The fastest two minutes will have no 23,000 spectators at Churchill Downs for the first time since 1875. Initially the event was going to allow attendants to be able to wear masks and practice social distancing, but those plans were scrapped.

Held annually in Louisville, Kentucky, always on the first Saturday in May, the event was postponed for Labor Day Weekend– only the second time since 1945.

Usually there is a two-week-long Kentucky Derby Festival.

The competition is a Grade I stakes race for three-year-old Thoroughbreds at a distance of 1.25 miles at Churchill Downs.

For the first time in history, the Belmont Stakes was the first race in the Triple Crown. The order for 2020 was the Belmont Stakes first, Kentucky Derby second and Preakness Stakes last. The schedule was upset because of state shutdowns causing the Kentucky Derby to move from May 2 to September 5, the Preakness Stakes shifting from May 16 to October 3, and the Belmont Stakes being rescheduled from June 6 to June 20.

National coverage for the Kentucky Derby on Saturday begins at 2:30 p.m. ET. Post time is set for 7:01 p.m. ET.

2020 Kentucky Derby Lineup

  • 1. Finnick the Fierce (scratched)
  • 2. Max Player
  • 3. Enforceable
  • 4. Storm the Court
  • 5. Major Fed
  • 6. King Guillermo (scratched)
  • 7. Money Moves
  • 8. South Bend
  • 9. Mr. Big News
  • 10. Thousand Words
  • 11. Necker Island
  • 12. Sole Volante
  • 13. Attachment Rate
  • 14. Winning Impression
  • 15. Ny Traffic
  • 16. Honor A. P.
  • 17. Tiz the Law
  • 18. Authentic

2020 Kentucky Derby Predictions

  • Win: Tiz the Law
  • Place: Thousand Words
  • Show: Ny Traffic


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