THE RUNNING OF THE 2020 KENTUCKY DERBY SET FOR SEPTEMBER 5TH





The 2020 Kentucky Derby is scheduled for Saturday, September 5 due to ongoing precautions for the coronavirus outbreak. Churchill Downs was originally going to hold the 146th Run on Saturday.

It is still scheduled to air at 3 pm ET on NBC and will available to stream on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app.

This is the first time since 1945 that the Derby hasn’t been run on the first Saturday in May and the third time in history that the race hasn’t been run in the month of May.

The Kentucky Oaks will be run on Friday, September 4 instead of Friday, May 1.

That weekend was selected, in part, because of a lower number of sporting events taking place then and general availability of hotels in Louisville, Carstanjen added.

Churchill plans to replicate as much of the entire Derby week, both other races and events, as possible

Back in 1945, the Kentucky Derby was postponed to June 9 due to World War II. After that, the entire Triple Crown schedule shifted, resulting in all three races being run in consecutive weeks. The 1901 Derby was run on Monday, April 29.

The Kentucky Derby Museum and on-track simulcast operations at Churchill Downs were shut down on Monday for at least the next two weeks.


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