The Kentucky Derby to Be Postponed Until September

The Kentucky Derby to Be Postponed Until September

The Kentucky Derby is being postponed from May to September because of growing concern about the coronavirus pandemic, according to a published report.

Churchill Downs will postpone the Derby from 2 May to 5 September marking the 1st time in 75 years that the race will not be run on the first Saturday in May.

The History

The last time the Derby wasn’t held on the 1st Saturday in May was in Y 1945, when the federal government issued a ban on horse racing because of World War II. The ban was lifted on 8 May, and the Derby was held on 9 June. The only other year the Derby was not held in May was in Y 1901, when it was raced on 29 April.

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