(Churchill Downs / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

From the Churchill Downs Media Team:

A Message to our Guests, Fans and Family


The Kentucky Derby

During times of uncertainty, our traditions provide a great sense of comfort. We realize, that for many of you, the Kentucky Derby is a treasured annual tradition, and for others, a bucket-list experience. The time-honored traditions of the Kentucky Derby are as much about the fans as the race itself.

We recognize that the impact of this iconic event extends well beyond the historic racetrack of Churchill Downs. The Kentucky Derby is a cherished and important time for the City of Louisville and the Commonwealth of Kentucky. We are mindfully aware of our fans, who travel from great distances to join us, as well as our valued employees, whose most intense preparations to host a world-class event begin now.

For these reasons, we have been working carefully and diligently with relevant health experts and authorities to ensure we make the most responsible decision regarding the timing of the 146th Kentucky Derby this year. We thank you for your patience and are committed to providing regular communication and transparency as we move forward. This is not a decision we take lightly and we expect to have an update about the Kentucky Derby and additional information on our upcoming Spring Meet in the coming week.

Our hearts are with those near and far who have been affected.

Thank you for being a part of the Churchill Downs family.

Churchill Downs

We want to assure you of the important steps we are taking operationally to ensure the utmost safety and security at Churchill Downs Racetrack for visitors attending events hosted here in the coming weeks as well as our daily simulcasting guests.