Virtual Derby To Raise Money For COVID-19
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Churchill Downs will celebrate the first Saturday in May, the traditional date of the annual Kentucky Derby, by hosting a day-long at-home Kentucky Derby party to raise $2 million for COVID-19 emergency relief efforts. The the 146th Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve was postponed until September 5 this year due to public health concerns related to the spread of COVID-19.
Horse racing fans can tune in to a special broadcast on NBC on Saturday, May 2, from 3:00 to 6:00 P.M. (Eastern), which will feature the 2015 Kentucky Derby that began American Pharoah’s historic Triple Crown run. In addition, the NBC broadcast will highlight Churchill Downs’ first ever virtual horse race—The Kentucky Derby: Triple Crown Showdown, a computer-simulated version of a race under the historic Twin Spires of Churchill Downs. The virtual race, created by Inspired Entertainment, will feature the 13 past Triple Crown winners–Sir Barton, Gallant Fox, Omaha, War Admiral, Whirlaway, Count Fleet, Assault, Citation, Secretariat, Seattle Slew, Affirmed, American Pharoah, and Justify–and use data algorithms including historical handicapping information about each horse in order to determine the probability of their potential finishing positions.
Beginning on Thursday, April 30 fans will be able to visit kentuckyderby.com to choose their favorite horse to win the virtual race and also join Churchill Downs in making a charitable donation to COVID-19 emergency relief efforts. All participants who select the winning horse will be entered to win the ultimate Kentucky Derby 146 VIP Experience. Churchill Downs has pledged to match up to $1 million of donations with funds to be directed to the Team Kentucky Fund and Direct Relief. A small percentage will be earmarked for the R.E.I.N. Fund (Relief for Equine Industry Needs), a program managed by a Churchill Downs Foundation designed to benefit backside workers whose livelihood has been impacted by COVID-19 and also to help ensure essential care for horses throughout the pandemic.
A full day of online festivities is planned on May 2, designed to encourage the perfect interactive Kentucky Derby party at home. Churchill Downs will join the Kentucky Derby Museum and other partners to offer virtual tours, Derby cocktail and fascinator-making instructions, ideas for party decorations, kids’ crafts, Derby-inspired recipes, an at-home Derby fashion contest, and much more.
Join the virtual party by posting your home Derby Party experience using #KyDerbyAtHome on Saturday, May 2.