2020 Kentucky Derby – 146th Run for the Roses – When is Kentucky Derby 2020

When is Kentucky Derby 2020?  The 146th Running of the Kentucky Derby will NOT be held on the first Saturday of May. Instead, it will be held on the “First Saturday in September”, sounds strange doesn’t it.  This is the third time in history that the Legendary Churchill Downs in Louisville, KY had to move the date of the Kentucky Derby “Run for the Roses” Race. 

First Saturday in September Kentucky Derby 146th

146th Kentucky Derby Churchill Downs

The last time was back in 1945 when horse racing was affecting World War II efforts. Director of Office of War Mobilization, James F. Byrnes, requested all horse racing tracks suspend racing. On May 10th, 1945, the horse racing suspension was lifted and the 71st Kentucky Derby was held on a rainy Saturday, June 9th, 1945.

Why the 146th Kentucky Derby is NOT the First Weekend in May!

This time it’s due to the growing concerns of the outbreak of COVID-19 Pandemic.  The “Run for the Roses” has been postponed from its original date of Saturday, May 2nd, 2020, to a rescheduled date of Saturday, September 5th, 2020.  NBC will still be airing the Kentucky Derby at 3 pm ET.

NBCSPORTS Horse Racing

The 2020 Kentucky Derby Prep Races are currently in full swing for the re-scheduled 146th running of the Kentucky Derby.

Below is an updated list of the 2019/2020 Kentucky Derby Prep Races with winners and final odds. 


Kentucky Derby 2020 Contenders according to the current Kentucky Derby Points Standings. 

Since we are in unique times, Churchill Downs has reduced the venue capacity of the 2020 Kentucky Derby. They have developed a safety measure plan to keep their customers, employees, and community as safe as possible.  For a complete list of safety measures, they are taking click HERE.

This doesn’t mean you can’t wager on your favorite horse. Invite a few friends over and have your very own Kentucky Derby 2020 Party and wager online.

Get out your favorite Kentucky Derby Hats and watch the races from the comfort of your own home. Shop the Official Kentucky Derby Store. While social distancing in small groups. 

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Summary of the 146th Kentucky Derby

Where: Churchill Downs, 700 Central Avenue, Louisville, KY 

When: Saturday, September 5th, 2020

Time: 6:50 PM ET Post time for the Running of the 146th Kentucky Derby

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