Kentucky Derby rescheduled for September

"At no point did we ever consider canceling the Kentucky Derby," said CEO Bill Carstanjen.

Churchill Downs Inc. (CDI) announced March 17 its decision to reschedule the 146th Longines Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve.

The 146 th Kentucky Derby will be rescheduled from May 2 to September 5 and the 146 th Kentucky Oaks will be rescheduled from May 1 to September 4. The dates are contingent upon final approval from the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission which was expect March 19.

CDI’s CEO, Bill Carstanjen, stated: “Throughout the rapid development of the COVID-19 pandemic, our first priority has been how to best protect the safety and health of our guests, team members and community. As the situation evolved, we reached the difficult conclusion that we needed to reschedule. At no point did we ever consider canceling the Kentucky Derby.”  

For the latest information on Derby Week, Spring Meet and details on ticketing as well as other relevant information regarding this change, please visit KentuckyDerby.com/updates.

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