Famed trainer Bob Baffert gets ‘Authentic’ Kentucky Derby win; ties new record Saturday, Sep 5 2020 

During the final stretch, Tiz the Law tried to make a move on the outside of Authentic but didn’t have enough gallop to get the win.


Blog: Protesters gather at Churchill Downs, Breonna Taylor banner flies over during race, Authentic takes the 146th Derby win Saturday, Sep 5 2020 

Multiple groups announced plans for demonstrations across Louisville on the day of the 146 Kentucky Derby. Here are the latest updates.


Kentucky governor presents Derby trophy virtually Saturday, Sep 5 2020 

“With or without fans, your accomplishment is forever a part of our history,” Gov. Andy Beshear said to trainer Bob Baffert on social media.


Neighborhoods near Churchill Downs see unusually quiet Derby morning Saturday, Sep 5 2020 

People are typically making their way into Churchill Downs the morning of the Kentucky Derby, but this year the neighborhoods nearby sit quiet.


Shedaresthedevil Wins 2020 Kentucky Oaks Friday, Sep 4 2020 


Shedaresthedevil won the 2020 Kentucky Oaks, the top horse race in the country for 3-year-old fillies. The horse, owned by Qatar Racing and Flurry Racing Stables, was trained by Brad Cox. 

Florent Geroux was the jockey who took her over the finish line ahead of second place finisher Swiss Skydiver for the $1.25 million purse. Anticipated front runner Gamine, trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, came in third. 

It was an unprecedented Oaks Day in many ways. For the first time in the event’s 145-year history, it was held in September, rather than May, and run without spectators in the stands due to concerns over the spread of coronavirus. 


Derby Bob will attend 74th consecutive Derby as part-owner of racehorse Friday, Sep 4 2020 

His first Kentucky Derby was in 1947. Derby Bob was only nine years old at the time. The 82-year-old has not missed a single Derby.


‘My Old Kentucky Home’ to play at start of Derby, here’s how it will be different this year Friday, Sep 4 2020 

Churchill Downs said in a tweet they have modified this year's version of the song. The song has been been a tradition at the Kentucky Derby for 100 years.


The forgotten Black jockeys of the Kentucky Derby Friday, Sep 4 2020 

A day before the 146th running of the Kentucky Derby, we want to go back to look at a forgotten part of history.


As Derby Wagering Shifts Online, Churchill Downs May Recoup Some Losses Friday, Sep 4 2020 


The Run for the Roses will happen without spectators in the stands this year, but that wont prevent gamblers from placing millions of dollars in bets. In fact, one researcher predicts that even without fans at the track, this years Derby could see more money wagered than ever before as gambling moves online. Online gambling has already seen dramatic growth amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Financial records from Churchill Downs show that while the postponement of Derby pushed its overall second quarter revenues way down, revenues from online wagering grew from $96 million in 2019 to $121 million in 2020 thats without a Kentucky Derby, fewer races overall and the absence of spectators.

Louisville resident Jayce Walker has loved Derby since she was a child. This year, she plans to watch the race from home, and place her bet using Churchill Downs TwinSpires app.


Churchill Downs announces there will be no fans at the Kentucky Derby Thursday, Sep 3 2020 

By Cole Emery–

The Kentucky Derby will have a different look this year as Churchill Downs officials announced there will be no fans in attendance this year. This came after they planned for a limited attendance of 23,000 guests.

The Kentucky Derby has been held every year since 1875 and has been run on the first Saturday in May every year since 1946. “Louisville is fortunate to have America’s longest continuously held sporting event and the brand awareness associated with this grand tradition,” said Karen Williams, president and CEO of Louisville Tourism.

The good news is that the tradition will continue this year amidst the global pandemic that has reshaped the world since March. The bad news is that the 146th running of this iconic race will be the strangest in history.

“Churchill Downs has worked diligently over the last several months to plan a safe Derby with a limited number of spectators in attendance,” reads a Churchill Downs statement. “We were confident in that plan, but … with the current significant increases in COVID-19 cases in Louisville as well as across the region, we needed to again revisit our planning.”

The decision came after Jefferson County, where Louisville is located, was deemed a “red zone” in terms of coronavirus cases and considered in a “critical” situation. Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear agreed with the decision, calling it, “right and responsible,” according toWLKY.

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