Kentucky Derby being pushed to the fall over coronavirus – New York Post

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And it’s off – until the fall.

The Kentucky Derby is being postponed for the first time in 75 years – moving from the first Saturday of May until Sept. 5 at Churchill Downs – because of coronavirus concerns, according to USA Today. The last time the Derby was not the first Saturday in May was 1945, when the government put a ban on horse racing because of World War II.

A news conference to formally announced the postponement will be held 9 a.m. Tuesday, according to WDRB.com in Louisville, Ky.

The Kentucky Derby joins numerous sporting events being canceled or postponed after the CDC announced new coronavirus guidelines Sunday asking people to avoid gatherings of 50 or more people and President Trump cautioned against groups of 10 or more on Monday.

On Sunday, the NFL delayed the opening of training camps, the UFC postponed its next three cards and WWE changed the location of WrestleMania 36 on April 5. The MLB, NHL, NBA and other leagues have all suspended their seasons.

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