Last Updated on May 20, 2020
After moving the 146th running of the Kentucky Derby from Saturday, May 2nd to Saturday, September 5th, Churchhill Downs in Louisville, KY made another major announcement.
Just in: @ChurchillDowns received approval from state officials to reopen its stable areas on Monday, May 11. Opening day of 2020 Spring Meet with spectator-free racing will be communicated in the coming days. Story: https://t.co/Kg0wfKbqYj pic.twitter.com/nFxm5omlmd
— Churchill Downs PR (@DerbyMedia) April 29, 2020
With approval from state officials, the stable areas and the auxiliary training center on the trackside of Churchhill Downs will be able to open on May 11 under the guidelines of strict social distancing policies.
The official race track’s press release states:
“The stable areas will reopen under a phased, systematic approach. Opening day of the 2020 Spring Meet with spectator-free racing will be communicated in the coming days after track officials evaluate its in-coming horse population and load-in procedures.”
Virtual Kentucky Derby Odds?
Even though there won’t be a running of the actual Derby on Saturday, that hasn’t stopped NBC and the Kentucky Derby from coming up with a genuinely awesome concept for its viewers on Derby Day.
Join us May 2nd for a Virtual #KyDerbyAtHome Party featuring the Triple Crown Showdown where the 13 Triple Crown winners will race one another in a computer simulation under the historic Twin Spires of Churchill Downs.
— Kentucky Derby (@KentuckyDerby) April 23, 2020
The goal is to raise $2 million for COVID-19 relief while also highlighting the first ever Triple Crown virtual horse race, featuring the last 13 Triple Crown winners.
The London, UK based global games technology company, Inspired Entertainment is responsible for putting the virtual race together. Besides betting the event, we can now have the ultimate question answered: “Who is the goat of horses?”
Inspired has created ‘The Kentucky Derby: Triple Crown Showdown’ for Churchill Downs Racetrack’s nationwide virtual ‘Kentucky Derby at Home’ party to be televised on NBC May 2 from 3:00 -6:00 p.m. EDT. Witness 13 Triple Crown winners from the past century in an ultimate face-off.
— Inspired Entertainment, Inc. (@Inspired_News) April 24, 2020