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Sights and Sounds from 146th Running of the Kentucky Derby

Photo by Dr. Mike Huang

Photo by Dr. Mike Huang

It was a historic Saturday in September, as the 146th running of the Kentucky Derby finally took place after the coronavirus postponed the race from its typical day in May. Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert and Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez combined their efforts with the winning horse Authentic, who finished the day with 8-1 odds and a garland of roses.

Masks and social distancing became the new hats and Mint Juleps during the 2020 run for the roses.

Coach John Calipari checked in with LEX18’s Nancy Cox before the race, and he even guessed the winning horse! Well, on the second try…

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear addressed the nation alongside his family from the Governor’s mansion. He shared pictures of the family in their Derby best on Twitter:

A scary moment occurred in the paddock with half an hour until post, when Bob Baffert’s Thousand Words reared and fell. The horse was quickly scratched from the race, but its owners and trainers say he’s ok now. Baffert later told NBC Sports his assistant, Jimmy Barnes, suffered a broken hand during the incident.

Even in an unusual Derby, there was still the traditional call to post on the bugle and the song “My Old Kentucky Home.”

Then, the race itself, the official results and the final payouts:

It didn’t take long for things to become official, as Country House (not Maximum Security!) was replaced by Authentic.

Outside of Churchill Downs, protestors lined the streets to continue drawing attention to the killing of Breonna Taylor. She was shot and killed in her home by Louisville police officers 176 days ago. Dozens of local reporters were there to cover the protests and share these pictures and videos:

In the minutes leading up to the race, a plane flew above Churchill with the message “Arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor.”

The protests continued after the race.


With several last-minute scratches, a very limited number of spectators in the stands, and thousands of protestors lining the streets surrounding the historic race track, the 146th running of the Kentucky Derby was certainly one to remember. Oh right, and it’s September, not May.

KSR’s own Mrs. Tyler Thompson said it best:

Article written by Maggie Davis

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