The Kentucky Derby is held in Louisville, Kentucky, every year. It’s one of the most famous horse races in the United States and is called “the most exciting 2 minutes in sports” because it is a breakneck and action-packed race.
There are often dramatic finishes, and the race is always exciting to watch. The Kentucky Derby is also a significant event for horse owners, trainers, and jockeys. It’s a very prestigious race to win, and it can be a very lucrative event for those involved.
So if you’re planning on attending the race, be sure to buy your tickets well in advance! In the meantime, here’s what you should know about the race this year.
When Is The Race?
Since 1875, the Kentucky Derby has been held annually on the first Saturday in May (with two exceptions in 1945 and 2020). Due to World War II, the 1945 Kentucky Derby got delayed and rescheduled to June 9.
On the other hand, the 2020 Derby was held September 5 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The good news is that this year, the Derby is set to take place on May 7 (Saturday), following the regular tradition and schedule.
Where Can You Watch The Race?
The Kentucky Derby is an annual horse racing event in Louisville, Kentucky. It’s part of the Triple Crown, including the Preakness and Belmont Stakes races. So, the Derby is a huge deal, and people from all over come out to watch it.
The Kentucky Derby will air on the NBCSports app, NBCSports.com, and NBC this year. Although the coverage generally covers the whole afternoon, the Derby’s official post time is yet to be announced. NBC will likely make an announcement closer to the race. Stay tuned!
The NBC Sports app is available on Android, iOS, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and more. In addition, you can sign up for a free trial to watch the race.
Will There Be An Audience?
In 2020, people weren’t allowed to cheer and enliven the race because of the pandemic. And in 2021, restrictions were slightly eased, and a few people were in attendance. However, the number of people allowed at Churchill Downs was limited, totaling 51,838.
That number is a far cry from the 150,000 people Churchill Downs can hold. And unfortunately, with pandemic fears persisting, it’s doubtful that we’ll see a return to those days soon.
But, that doesn’t mean we can’t still have some fun. There are many ways to watch the Kentucky Derby without being at Churchill Downs. And, if you’re looking for something to do on Derby day, there are plenty of other events happening around Louisville as well.
So, even though the 2022 Kentucky Derby won’t be quite the same as years past, there are still plenty of ways to enjoy it. And who knows, maybe we’ll be able to return to a more normal way of doing things next year. Until then, let’s make the best of what we have and enjoy one of America’s favorite traditions!
Are you interested in betting? Be sure to learn more about form and speed ratings before placing a bet because these two factors can significantly impact the outcome of a horse race.
Are There Any COVID-19 Safety Protocols In Place?
Churchill Downs has not yet placed its COVID-19 protocols for the 2022 Derby. However, they are expected to be very similar to the ones they had in 2021.
That means mandatory masks for everyone entering the track, social distancing, and no handshakes. So what does this mean for the racegoers?
For one, it means that they will have to plan and make sure to pack their masks. It also means that they should expect things to be slightly different from previous years. For example, there will be no mingling in the grandstands and no shaking hands with strangers.
But despite all of these changes, the Derby will still be a fun and exciting event. We will, of course, continue to update you as we receive more information from Churchill Downs.
How to Get Tickets?
You can buy tickets on the Kentucky Derby website or through Ticketmaster. Additionally, you can find ticket variations for different experiences and sections of the racetrack on the website.
If you’re looking for a luxurious experience, the Turf Club offers an exclusive setting with fine dining and a great view of the race. If you want to be closer to the action, the Infield offers general admission tickets that give you access to standing room areas as well as infield seating. There are also bleacher seats located in the Infield.
It’s that time of year again—the Kentucky Derby is coming up! The race is undoubtedly a spectacle and one that’s well worth watching. If you’re looking to bet on the Derby, ensure to do your research and pick a horse you think has a good chance of winning. Also, don’t forget to have fun and enjoy the race!
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