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.

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.

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?”

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