The 146th running of the Kentucky Derby is taking place on Sept. 5, 2020. But this year, amid the pandemic, the event is being held without fans. The race was originally scheduled for May 5 but was postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
According to Sports Illustrated's Pat Forde, the scene in Louisville, Kentucky is very different now from years prior.
"Churchill Downs is basically a giant KEEP OUT sign this week. Temporary fencing and barricades encircle the ancient racetrack. Police are a constant presence. Nobody is getting in without a credential of some kind and a temperature of 98.6 or lower."
Here are seven facts you never knew about the Kentucky Derby:
- It’s often called "The Run for the Roses" because a blanket of 554 red roses is awarded to the winner each year
- The traditional drink of the Derby is the mint julep
- There has yet to be a female winner
- 2019 wagers totaled $165.5 million, up 10% from the year prior
- The Derby is owned by public company Churchill Downs (CHDN) - Get Report
- The race was first televised in 1952
- The official purse for the race is $3 million, with the winner guaranteed $1.86 million
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