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The Kentucky Derby Has Been Postponed Due To Coronavirus Concerns

The Kentucky Derby Has Been Postponed Due To Coronavirus Concerns

For the first time since 1945, the Kentucky Derby has been postponed.

Originally set for May, Churchill Downs announced this afternoon that the iconic event has been moved to September.

CEO Bill Carstanjen shared this in a statement (via): “Throughout the rapid development of the COVID-19 pandemic, our first priority has been how to best protect the safety and health of our guests, team members and community. As the situation evolved, we steadily made all necessary operational adjustments to provide the safest experience and environment. The most recent developments have led us to make some very difficult, but we believe necessary decision, and our hearts are with those who have been or continue to be affected by this pandemic.

“Our team is united in our commitment to holding the very best Kentucky Derby ever and certainly the most unique in any of our lifetimes,” he added. “While we are always respectful of the time honored traditions of the Kentucky Derby, our company’s true legacy is one of resilance, the embracing of change and unshakable resolve.”

If you have already purchased tickets, those will be honored and valid for the new race dates.

See what other major events have been postponed because of coronavirus.

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