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Gov. Beshear says he wants to see changes to Kentucky Derby plans

The upcoming Kentucky Derby is currently slated to allow fans, but that plan could soon change.

During a Tuesday afternoon press conference, following the Indy 500’s decision to not allow fans, Governor Andy Beshear said that he wants to see a change of plans to next month’s Kentucky Derby regarding attendance along with the addition of strict guidelines.

“If it [Kentucky Derby] were today, I would want to see some changes made to the plan,” Beshear said on Tuesday. “If it were today, I would want to see the crowd thinned out and I would want to see significant enforcement.”

As a state, Kentucky’s number of positive coronavirus cases surpassed 700 on Tuesday and the seven-day rolling average is now 581.6. Churchill Downs initially announced on June 25 that the Derby would hold fans for the rescheduled race on Saturday, Sept. 5. Now it would appear that, at the very least, seating capacity will be reconsidered.

“What we do want to see is where we are a week from now,” Beshear added. “But do I believe that if done right there can be some fans, then yes. I do believe there can be some. And the level would really depend on where we are with the virus and then the plan. But it’s a huge complex to spread them out. … We’ll look at capacity changes, probably number of people and where they are. And I think those are things Churchill is ready to talk about, when and if we get to that point.”

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Recruiting reporter for KSR. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR

7 Comments for Gov. Beshear says he wants to see changes to Kentucky Derby plans



  1. bjtitzandgolf
    8:15 pm August 4, 2020 Permalink

    Indy 500 isn’t having fans

    Love watching the horses but Andrew has this all wrong. Can’t have people at bars, but can let people go to the derby. Must be afraid of making the horse people mad. Puppet!!!!



    • zoupman
      9:28 pm August 4, 2020 Permalink

      Andy has been inconsistent on lots of things.



  2. light my fire
    9:52 pm August 4, 2020 Permalink

    He wants churches to shut down, but not the derby.

    No one at bars but going ahead with state fair.

    Limit restaurants with customers but no limit on protesters.

    Seems he is Conflicted.



    • PensacolaCat
      12:56 am August 5, 2020 Permalink

      Follow the $$$



  3. katsrock
    12:49 am August 5, 2020 Permalink

    You tell ’em Andy!
    This is YOUR state!
    You tell ’em what’s what!



  4. BluKudzu
    4:05 pm August 5, 2020 Permalink

    Considering the numbers versus the rest of the surrounding states, he has done very well trying to control the spread and the mortality of those infected.

    He is, by far, doing better than any other republican governor in the area, the numbers indicate as such.

    However, to the redneck and ignorant fascist relublicans, keep licking the boots of the worst president ever, and bathe in your jealous hate, of a Democrat that is far more intelligent and moral than any of you hypocrite evangelicals of the right wing.

    Please stop showing the world you are the result of the republican educational system, underfunded, and offering inadequately managed programs.

    Now go back to your rebel flag KKK decorated room, and stay off your mother’s desktop.



    • brob324
      8:46 am August 6, 2020 Permalink

      You seem fun