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'Not an easy decision': Kentucky Derby 2020 will be run with no fans in the stands

It will be silent in Churchill Downs as the horses cross the finish line during the 146th Kentucky Derby. In a dramatic about-face, Churchill Downs announced Friday it is not allowing fans at the Run for the Roses over growing concerns about keeping a crowd safe, even with social distancing rules in place, during the coronavirus pandemic.

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9/5/2020

article Authentic Wins the Kentucky Derby, Run Without Fans
(Kentucky) -- No one really expected a horse race. The 146th running of the Kentucky Derby was supposed to be either a coronation for a colt named Tiz the Law, who was...

9/4/2020

article Horse Racing Adapts to New Technology
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article How coronavirus will change how people bet on the Kentucky Derby
(Kentucky) -- The Kentucky Derby, one of the most heavily bet on sporting events of the year, takes place tomorrow after being postponed due to coronavirus. Shares of...

9/3/2020

article Maine only state banned from betting on Kentucky Derby
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article Nevada bookmakers in Derby dispute with track
(Nevada) -- Nevada bookmakers are locked in a dispute with Churchill Downs that, barring a last-minute resolution, will prevent the state's sportsbooks from offering...

9/2/2020

article Kentucky Derby odds: Gambling on horse racing explained
(Kentucky) -- Ah, the Kentucky Derby -- one of the most celebrated and anticipated horse racing events of the year. This year -- one flipped upside down because of the...

8/30/2020

article Ahead of Kentucky Derby, worker shortage looms for trainers
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8/28/2020

article Sixth Circuit Denies Relief for Owners of Disqualified Derby Horse
(Kentucky) -- The owners of Maximum Security, the horse that crossed the finish line first in the 2019 Kentucky Derby but was later disqualified, lost in the Sixth...
article Nevada books OK’d to take bets for Kentucky Derby
(Nevada) -- Nevada horse racing enthusiasts will be able to bet on the Kentucky Derby in Nevada sportsbooks Sept. 5 because of regulatory amendments unanimously approved...

8/21/2020

article 'Not an easy decision': Kentucky Derby 2020 will be run with no fans in the stands
(Kentucky) -- It will be silent in Churchill Downs as the horses cross the finish line during the 146th Kentucky Derby. In a dramatic about-face, Churchill Downs...

6/7/2020

article Honor A.P. wins Santa Anita Derby, puts himself in Kentucky Derby picture
(California) -- The already topsy-turvy Kentucky Derby picture got a little more interesting Saturday when Honor A.P. thrust himself squarely in the middle of things...

5/3/2020

article ‘We’re going to run the Kentucky Derby in 2020,’ Churchill Downs president says
(Kentucky) -- The first Saturday in May featured horse racing in Arkansas rather than in Kentucky, but it carried with it the promise that the Run for the Roses would...

5/2/2020

article Virtual Secretariat Wins Bizarro Digital Kentucky Derby
(Kentucky) -- Triple Crown winner Secretariat briefly rose from the dead Saturday to win a digital version of the Kentucky Derby, ESPN reports. Churchill Downs, which...
article Churchill Downs Offering Simulated Kentucky Derby with Triple Crown Winners, Secretariat ‘Virtual’ Favorite
(Kentucky) -- Regardless, 80 degrees and sunny is no match for COVID-19, which forced Churchill Downs officials weeks ago to move Derby 146 to Labor Day weekend. However...

3/16/2020

article Decision on Kentucky Derby timing to be announced Tuesday
(Kentucky) -- Churchill Downs on Monday said in a statement that it will make an announcement “regarding the timing” of this year’s Kentucky Derby on...

12/23/2019

article He Won and Lost the Kentucky Derby. He Can’t Stop Watching the Replay.
(New York) -- Luis Saez has watched the replay too many times. He has watched it with the Hall of Fame riders he competes against daily; with the horse trainers who...

10/4/2019

article Churchill Downs Inc to add 1,500 slots to new Turfway racino
(Kentucky) -- Gaming operator Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI) has struck a deal to acquire and revamp the Turfway Park racetrack in Florence, Kentucky.

8/2/2019

article Kentucky Gov. rejects gaming as pension solution and names suicides as part of its societal costs
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5/6/2019

article Report: Kentucky Derby Sets Record With $165.5 Million in Bets
(Kentucky) -- A record $165.5 million was wagered on the Kentucky Derby in 2019, setting an all-time record, according to ESPN's Ben Fawkes. The record total...
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article Kentucky Derby gambler turns $8 into $78K with ‘miracle’ bet
(Kentucky) -- The shocking disqualification in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby left one man $78,000 richer after a measly $8 bet – nothing short of “a...

5/5/2019

article For Maximum Security bettors, Derby brought elation, confusion, dread, despair
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article Many in horse racing agree with Maximum Security's disqualification at Kentucky Derby
(Kentucky) -- A day after the most controversial finish in the 145-year history of the Kentucky Derby, one thing seemed resolute, there was near unanimity among trainers...
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(Kentucky) -- On Kentucky Derby Sunday morning at the backside barns, where the chitchat usually centers on how well the winner ate the night before and when he or she...
article Caesars Entertainment close to opening new sportsbooks at Bally's, Harrah's Resort
(Atlantic City) -- Caesars Entertainment Corp. has invested nearly $11 million for construction of two permanent sportsbooks, including one that will be the largest in...

5/4/2019

article Country House wins Kentucky Derby after Maximum Security is disqualified
(Kentucky) -- In the most incredible post-running of the Kentucky Derby, Maximum Security was disqualified for interference on Saturday and Country Home was declared the...
article Kentucky Derby DQ costs bettors around $9M
(Kentucky) -- It will go down in betting lore as the $9 million disqualification. Kentucky Derby favorite Maximum Security crossed the finish line first but was...

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