Churchill Downs Inc. (Nasdaq: CHDN) announcd onTuesday that it is postponing this year's Kentucky Derby (Grade 1) to Saturday Sept. 5 and is postponing the Kentucky Oaks (Grade 1) to Sept. 4.
The Derby, folr 3-yer-old males, had been scheduled for Saturday May 2 and the Oaks, for 3-year-old fillies, had been scheduled for Friday May 1 at the track in Louisville, Ky.
Churchill Downs officials made the change due to concerns about the possible spread of the coronavirus.
Now that a new date is set for the Kentucky Derby, changes could take place in the dates for the Preakness (Grade 1) at Pimlico in Baltimore and for the Belmont Stakes (Grade 1) at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y.
The Preakness is scheduled for Saturday May 16 and the Belmont is scheduled for Saturday June 6.
Date changes also are possible for the Florida Derby (Grade 1), scheduled for Gulfstream Park on Saturday April 28, and other stakes races that are final preps for the Kentucky Derby.