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Churchill Downs says Kentucky
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Posted By: MissMolly, 8/22/2020 4:34:40 AM

LEXINGTON, Ky. — There will not be any fans at this year’s Kentucky Derby after all.After previously announcing that up to 23,000 fans would be allowed to attend the world’s most famous race, Churchill Downs switched gears Friday by announcing that the Sept. 5 race will be run without spectators because of the coronavirus pandemic. “Churchill Downs and all of our team members feel strongly that it is our collective responsibility as citizens of Louisville

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Reply 1 - Posted by: KatieJo 8/22/2020 4:54:00 AM (No. 517229)
How utterly unnecessary and stupid.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: nina584 8/22/2020 5:51:23 AM (No. 517239)
Liability is what they are scared of and the democrats refused to issue a waiver in Congress. Their friends the attorneys would stop all their support $$$
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Reply 3 - Posted by: George R. 8/22/2020 6:12:33 AM (No. 517244)
I'll bet fewer than half the normal viewership posts!
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Reply 4 - Posted by: Rinktum 8/22/2020 6:24:34 AM (No. 517247)
How frightening is the realization that people, corporations, organizations, and schools will give up their freedom so quickly and easily? The rabid left found a weak spot in the American psyche, the desire for safety. They are exploiting this and absolutely tearing the freedom we have taken for granted right out of our lives. Their strategy is rather simple, scare us to death and then bully us into submission. One of the saddest things I have witnessed is this madness regarding mask wearing. It seems to me like a massive psychological operation to see who are the sheep among us.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: planetgeo 8/22/2020 7:29:29 AM (No. 517275)
With nobody there, I recommend that the cup and the roses be awarded to the winner by John Effin Kerry, the most famous victim of Churchill Downs Syndrome.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: udanja99 8/22/2020 7:37:42 AM (No. 517285)
Cancel it. That would be safer and healthier for the horses.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: chillijilli 8/22/2020 7:56:45 AM (No. 517307)
#5, you forgot. It's John Effin Kerry (D, Easter Island)
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Reply 8 - Posted by: Periwinkel 8/22/2020 7:59:05 AM (No. 517310)
It seems to me the "purses" will be much smaller without the crowds. We have several OTBs, but I don't think they can make up for the thousands that pack themselves in Churchill Downs...like #1 said, "Stupid and unnecessary", unless you have an idiot governor like our Baby Andy.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: Rather Read 8/22/2020 8:00:03 AM (No. 517311)
I'm a lifelong Kentuckian and I don't like horse racing at all so I won't miss this. However, the Derby provides many businesses with lots of revenue - caterers, venues, restaurants, Uber and Lyft drivers and more. All these businesses have been hit hard by the 'rona and this will just compound the pain. This has been a year of misery and not much fun for almost everyone. I wonder if BLM will be out demonstrating? Probably.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: Strike3 8/22/2020 8:08:17 AM (No. 517318)
Without the limousines, expensive dresses and champagne, the race is nothing but a bunch of horses running through the mud. American royalty attends to be seen by other American royalty.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: Paperpuncher 8/22/2020 8:19:00 AM (No. 517325)
Who cares?
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Reply 12 - Posted by: Highlander 8/22/2020 8:22:18 AM (No. 517328)
Off subject: Come to think of it, horse racing is just like the equine version of the NBA and NFL. I don’t recall ever seeing a white racehorse.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: birmingham 8/22/2020 8:38:16 AM (No. 517340)
The reasons behind the Derby cancellation failed to list the declaration by the rioters in Louisville to “burn it down”. They couldn’t protect the visitors staying in downtown hotels. Wouldn’t that be great publicity of their limos being attacked while trying to get to the racetrack. Local officials are allowing this rioting to continue on and on.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: Rather Read 8/22/2020 8:46:34 AM (No. 517349)
#13, BLM is majorly angry at the shooting of Breonna Taylor in Louisville. Police were using a no-knock warrant and her boyfriend shot first. Then the officers opened up and Taylor was killed. It's very sad. Evidently she was involved with a former boyfriend who was a drug dealer and had received packages for him. The story is still muddled but BLM doesn't care. Any reason to protest will do.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: kjack 8/22/2020 9:31:36 AM (No. 517386)
Wife suggested that the race be run without jockeys for their safety. If the horses run in the right direction, that will be a plus!
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Reply 16 - Posted by: Urgent Fury 8/22/2020 9:32:07 AM (No. 517387)
#1 describes everything about this flu that's happened since March. Unprecedented scam.
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Reply 17 - Posted by: bigfatslob 8/22/2020 10:29:08 AM (No. 517433)
How many drunks drinking mint julips alone will this cause. The only thing to come out of this China flu are alcoholics and obesity. Might as well cancel everything else is a 'no go'.
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Reply 18 - Posted by: stablemoney 8/22/2020 1:26:42 PM (No. 517601)
That's great. Run on without fans. We want see it, and do not care what happens.
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Reply 19 - Posted by: red1066 8/22/2020 1:53:59 PM (No. 517636)
I still don't understand why baseball teams don't allow five to ten thousand fans into a 40 plus thousand seat stadium? Sell tickets that keep everyone or group of people six feet apart, and people only have to wear their masks if they leave their seats. Seating can encompass the entire stadium with the best seats being first come first serve. No one can select a seating area, you get what they give you. There would be no vendors walking around, and limited food and drink outlets located in certain areas. The stadium could even stop selling tickets to a game if they felt like limiting attendance to say a few thousand. All tickets would be bought at the stadium ticket office the day of the game. No online sales.
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Reply 20 - Posted by: earlybird 8/22/2020 2:19:50 PM (No. 517659)
The horses won’t care. The local milliners will be devastated. And what to do with all that mint?
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Reply 21 - Posted by: Mushroom 8/22/2020 3:04:20 PM (No. 517691)
#4 It isn't safety, it is the unbridled sue happy system that we live in. It is LEGAL action people fear. A have not gets sick and the HAVES are suddenly on the hook as though they had any say in the matter.
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Reply 22 - Posted by: rytwng 8/22/2020 5:38:00 PM (No. 517792)
Just let the jockeys run around the track.
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Reply 23 - Posted by: Lawsy0 8/22/2020 9:43:48 PM (No. 517955)
If nobody comes to the show (tickets, parking, hotels, travel, restaurants, millinery, etc) where will the money come from to pay the winners, the bettors, and all the employees of Churchill Downs (it ain't a little ole race track, ya know)? I love to watch all events of the Triple Crown, and will still watch on TV, with the sound turned off.
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Reply 24 - Posted by: lostinmassachusetts 8/22/2020 11:18:20 PM (No. 518003)
No big hats? What's the fun of that?
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