Louisville adjusts to new date, season for Kentucky Derby

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Officials with The Kentucky Derby are scheduled to make an official announcement regarding delaying this year’s race Tuesday morning at 8 a.m. local time.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Postponing the Kentucky Derby was a jarring move for a city that draws much of its identity from hosting horse racing’s marquee event.

The move of the Triple Crown’s first leg to Labor Day weekend due to the coronavirus pandemic will mark the first time the Derby won’t run in Louisville on the first Saturday in May since 1945.

But fans, patrons and business owners are breathing a sigh of relief that the race was postponed and not canceled, and have time to adjust to the new date.

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(This story was originally published on April 19, 2020)

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