Churchill Downs Says Derby, Oaks Will Happen With Spectators At Track

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Churchill Downs Racetrack has announced plans to run the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks with fans present on their rescheduled dates in September.

Track President Kevin Flanery says Churchill Downs has received word from Gov. Andy Beshear allowing the event to move forward, but with a number of new health protocols in place to limit the spread of the virus.

Flanery says he doesn’t know how many people will be allowed in the stands but he thinks opening is the right thing to do, “we know a lot of people have had a lot of hurt during this crisis and our hearts go out to them. We also know we have to take baby steps as a community to move forward to do something that to lifts the spirits of this town and the world.”

Churchill Downs’ announcement came as 29 states around the country report growth in cases of COVID-19.

A CDC forecast released Wednesday estimates 130,000 to 150,000 Americans will die from the coronavirus by July 18th.