Several sports events all around the globe have been affected due to the widespread coronavirus pandemic. This included the 146th edition of the prestigious and popular first leg of the American Triple Crown of horse racing — The 2020 Kentucky Derby. Fans previously thought that the organisers would possibly cancel this year’s edition. However, the sports is going to take place after four months from the original (traditionally) planned schedule.
Churchill Downs moved this year’s Kentucky Derby to 5th September — the first Saturday of September. The airing of the event will begin at 2:30 p.m. ET on Saturday from Louisville, Kentucky, the U.S. For the first time in race’s history, Churchill Downs will be fanless and very few notable spectators. Meanwhile, the jockeys and staffs will maintain the strict coronavirus precautions during the event. The post-time of the event is scheduled approximately at 7:01 p.m. Eastern Time.
What is the Kentucky Derby?
Simply put, the Kentucky Derby is one of the prestigious horse racing events in the US. The event first took place way back in 1875, where three-year-old thoroughbreds ran across the 1 1/4 mile, or 10 furlongs race (2,012 m) dirt track in at Churchill Downs. This is the first leg out of three of the American Triple Crown, while the remaining are Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes.
The Kentucky Derby generally takes place in the first Saturday of May, but 2020 Kentucky Derby has been delayed by four months. This is the second time in history after 1945’s edition that the date has been delayed. In the Kentucky Derby, only three-year-old Thoroughbreds are allowed to participate. The eligible horses first contest in the Race to the Kentucky Derby to qualify for the Kentucky Derby.
All the horses racing at the Kentucky Derby are from North America since the international qualification wasn’t accepted.
When is the Kentucky Derby?
The one hundred and 46th edition of the Kentucky Derby will take place on 5th September.
Kentucky Derby 2020 Live Stream
The event will start airing from 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC. You can Livestream the racing through NBCSports.com, Fubo TV and the NBC Sports app.