2020 Kentucky Derby to be rescheduled from May 2 to September 5

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Race officials have shared this morning that the 146th Kentucky Derby will be rescheduled from May 2, 2020 to September 5, 2020. (Image courtesy MGN Online)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WEHT) — The Kentucky Derby Facebook page and the Churchill Downs Facebook page have shared this morning that the 146th Kentucky Derby will be rescheduled from May 2, 2020 to September 5, 2020.

A news release goes on to say that the 146th Longines Kentucky Oaks will be rescheduled from May 1, 2020 to September 4, 2020.

The release says that the dates are contingent upon final approval from the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission. and are expected to be received on Thursday.

The Kentucky Derby is the latest sporting event to be affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

The postponement would be the first time the Derby will not be held on the first Saturday in May since 1945, when it was postponed until June.

Some sources say, with two weeks of events and celebrations that includes Thunder Over Louisville, the Derby is commonly a $400 million economic boon for Louisville. 

To read the news release in its entirety, click here.

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(This story was originally published on March 17, 2020)

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