Churchill Downs Issues a Statement Regarding COVID-19 and the Kentucky Derby

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Churchill Downs issued the following statement regarding COVID-19 and the status of the GI Kentucky Derby Saturday afternoon.

“During times of uncertainty, our traditions provide a great sense of comfort. We realize, that for many of you, the Kentucky Derby is a treasured annual tradition, and for others, a bucket-list experience. The time-honored traditions of the Kentucky Derby are as much about the fans as the race itself.

We recognize that the impact of this iconic event extends well beyond the historic racetrack of Churchill Downs. The Kentucky Derby is a cherished and important time for the city of Louisville and the Commonwealth of Kentucky. We are mindfully aware of our fans, who travel from great distances to join us, as well as our valued employees, whose most intense preparations to host a world-class event begin now.

For these reasons, we have been working carefully and diligently with relevant health experts and authorities to ensure we make the most responsible decision regarding the timing of the 146th Kentucky Derby this year. We thank you for your patience and are committed to providing regular communication and transparency as we move forward. This is not a decision we take lightly and we expect to have an update about the Kentucky Derby and additional information on our upcoming Spring Meet in the coming week.

Our hearts are with those near and far who have been affected.

Thank you for being a part of the Churchill Downs family.”

Two-Week Delay for Reopening of Stable Areas at Churchill Downs

After consultation with local public health officials, Churchill Downs Racetrack announced Saturday amid public health concerns regarding COVID-19 that it will delay the reopening of its stable areas at both Churchill Downs and the auxiliary training center Trackside for two weeks until Tuesday, Mar. 31.

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