Preakness Stakes, Belmont Stakes likely to shift to fall dates
The 146th Kentucky Derby is delayed until Sept. 5 due to the ongoing response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Churchill Downs hosts the crown jewel of horse racing in May each year. With the calendar shifting for the first leg of the Triple Crown, the Preakness Stakes is also expected to move to a fall date, along with the Belmont Stakes.
“We are going to run the Kentucky Derby, and we’re going to run it with a crowd,” Churchill Downs CEO Bill Carstanjen said. “The Derby is a participatory event and its magic is the crowd. We feel very good that September is the right date.”
USRacing.com lists Tiz the Law as a 6-1 favorite for the Derby.
The Kentucky Derby is being delayed for the first time in 75 years. It was scheduled for May 2, with the Preakness Stakes set for May 16.
The Belmont Stakes is scheduled for June 6.
The Derby is the latest marquee sports event to be moved as the world responds to orders from state and national officials to limit crowds and attendance at events of more than 50 people.
The 2020 NCAA Tournament was canceled and the Masters, scheduled to begin April 9, was moved to a fall date. Professional sports, including the NBA, NHL, NASCAR, MLB and MLS are on hiatus until further notice.
–Field Level Media