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Churchill Downs looking into increased capacity for 2021 Kentucky Derby following new guidance

Churchill Downs announced they are considering allowing more fans in to this year’s Kentucky Derby following new guidance on in-person capacity.

Bill to preserve historical horse racing wins final passage

  2021 Kentucky Derby Festival poster unveiled

Bill aiming to legalize historical horse racing in Kentucky passes committee

  Proponents of a legislative rescue of historical horse racing predict job losses if gaming revenue dries up

  Thunder, Pegasus Parade happening in 2021 without crowds

Historical racing operations temporarily closing at Red Mile

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  100 days until Kentucky Derby 147?

  Kentucky Derby thoroughbred slaughtered for meat in South Korea

  Unbridled Spending: Troubleshooters examine a popular Derby gala

Churchill Downs announces all-inclusive ticket plan, safety measures for 2021 Kentucky Derby

  Churchill Downs: Outgoing track president describes ongoing dialogue with community following protests

  Kevin Flanery: Churchill Downs Racetrack President retires after series of big challenges

Churchill Downs President Kevin Flanery stepping down

Kevin Flanery announced Wednesday he plans to retire as president of Churchill Downs at the end of this year.

Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act passes US House of Representatives

Legislation created to reform the horse racing industry has unanimously passed the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday.

Kentucky Derby winner Authentic is 9-5 morning line favorite in Preakness Stakes

A field of 11 was entered on Monday

  Protests and Churchill Downs: What’s next after Derby?

Organizers of protests demanding justice for Breonna Taylor say they intend to continue applying pressure to Churchill Downs for commitments of inclusion in its economic future.

  Louisville woman has share in Derby winner and beats cancer in the same week

Differences in community outside Churchill Downs on Derby Day

Churchill Downs shares behind-the-scenes look at the call of Derby 146

  101 days of civil unrest in Louisville converge on the 146th Kentucky Derby

PHOTOS: Images from a very different Derby Week at Churchill Downs

Authentic wins Kentucky Derby 146

Sen. Mitch McConnell encouraged Churchill Downs to play ’My Old Kentucky Home’

When McConnell was asked, “do you feel that ‘My Old Kentucky Home’ should be played at this weekend’s Derby?” He responded by saying “I do."

Fast Facts: The Kentucky Derby

The Kentucky Derby is known as the most exciting two minutes in sports. Two winners have come in under the two-minute mark, however.

LIST: Kentucky Derby winners

Country House was named the winner of Kentucky Derby 145 last year when Maximum Security was disqualified for interference

LIST: Triple Crown winners

American Pharoah won the Triple Crown in 2015, the sport's first such champion in 37 years. And just three years later, another Bob Baffert-trained horse, Justify, repeated the trick.

Tiz the Law and his shot at the Triple Crown

Belmont Stakes winner is heavy Derby favorite

LIVE POLL: Cast your votes all day throughout Derby!

Check back often throughout the day and answer our poll questions. And be sure to watch our live coverage on WAVE 3 News for poll results and new questions.

Shedaresthedevil wins Kentucky Oaks 146 in an upset

In a year without in-person fans at Churchill Downs, delayed from May due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 146th Run for the Lilies took place Friday evening.

Tiz the Law is a big favorite in a Derby unlike any other

None of the cheering — or cursing after losing wagers — from 150,000 fans will be heard this year at Churchill Downs, where America’s longest continuously held sports event will go on Saturday, four months later than usual. The track initially planned to allow 23,000 fans to attend until escalating

‘My Old Kentucky Home’ to be performed at Derby 146

A Kentucky Derby tradition will continue at Churchill Downs with some modifications.

Finnick the Fierce scratched from Derby field

The scratch brings the field down to 16.

Join WAVE 3 News for live coverage on Oaks Day, Derby Day

COVID-19 has delayed the Kentucky Derby by four months, and is the reason why the stands will be empty at Churchill Downs this weekend. But you’ll still be able to enjoy all the action on WAVE 3 News, your official Derby station.

LIST: Kentucky Oaks winners

Click inside for a list of every Kentucky Oaks winner since the first race in 1875.

  Will ‘My Old Kentucky Home’ be played at the Derby?

The song is not about the famous brick house in Bardstown.

Ahead of Derby weekend protests, NFAC leader walks back claim to ‘burn this’ city down

It is one of the most prestigious horse races in the world, and certainly the most exciting two minutes in sports, but this year’s Kentucky Derby will stand out in history for different reasons.

Kentucky Derby: King Guillermo is second horse to scratch

King Guillermo is the latest horse to scratch from Saturday’s Kentucky Derby.

  LMPD announces Derby weekend safety plan, road closures

LMPD said this year their plan is more condensed than in years past because there are no spectators allowed at the track.

  Black jockeys and the Kentucky Derby: A history of race and racism

Black jockeys once dominated the sport of horse racing but now they are few and far between.

LMPD announces road closures for Derby weekend

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and LMPD representatives on Wednesday announced traffic closures for the upcoming Kentucky Derby weekend.

  Louisville starts sprucing up ahead of a much different Derby

This year, without fans at Churchill Downs and businesses operating at limited capacity; it will be a Derby no one will forget.

  Churchill Downs: Neighbors say historic track can do more for the community

The 146th Kentucky Derby falls on the year of change in Louisville and across the country.

Post positions, morning line odds set for Kentucky Derby 146

The post positions for the 146th running of the Kentucky Derby are set.

  Louisville pastor encourages protests during Kentucky Derby events

Pastor Timothy Findley Jr. said demonstrators will use the Derby as a chance to make their calls for social justice even louder.

  Foley family living a Derby dream with Major Fed

Over 40 years have led to the first Saturday in September

Kentucky Oaks post positions, morning line odds set

The field is set for the 146th Kentucky Oaks.

  Black horse owners who support BLM to take part in Kentucky Derby

The owners of Necker Island support Black Lives Matter and want to make a change by breaking through a predominately white industry.

Appeals Court upholds disqualification of last year’s Kentucky Derby winner

Fifteen months after the second-weirdest Kentucky Derby ever and eight days before what figures to be the weirdest Kentucky Derby ever, a federal appeals court on Friday upheld last year’s disqualification of winner Maximum Security.

  Kentucky Derby: No spectators this year

Sept. 5 at Churchill Downs will be real quiet.

  Smaller crowd, tighter rules await spectators at Kentucky Derby 146

Churchill Downs confirmed Wednesday there will be spectators in the stands for the 146th Kentucky Derby next month.

  Local business adjusts to Kentucky Derby in September

The Kentucky Derby is going to be different this year. Much different.

  Spectator plans for the 146th Kentucky Derby still in the works

The decision to run the Indy 500 with no fans, despite the track’s massive infield and grandstands, may make it harder for some Derby fans to leave home.

  Beshear signals possible changes to Kentucky Derby crowd control plans

“Am I comfortable with having a crowd at the Derby?” Beshear said Tuesday. “If it were today, I would want to see some changes made to the plan."

  Tom Drury is ready to live his Kentucky Derby dream

Art Collector is full of Louisville connections

Baffert responds to Arkansas suspension

Plans to appeal decision

Bob Baffert: Arkansas racing officials suspend legendary horse trainer

Two-time Triple Crown-winning trainer Bob Baffert has been suspended 15 days by the Arkansas Racing Commission after two of his horses tested positive for a banned substance.

  Breonna Taylor supporters organize Kentucky Derby boycott

The COVID-19 crisis pushed the Kentucky Derby to September, but the recent death of Breonna Taylor and the events that have followed are also making an impact.

Spectators can attend Kentucky Derby 146 under strict guidelines

There will be spectators when the 146th Kentucky Derby runs in September, according to Churchill Downs.

15-week road through Triple Crown begins Saturday with Belmont Stakes

For the first time in the history of the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes will be the first leg and not the last.

  Tiz the Law is 6-5 morning line favorite in Belmont Stakes

A field of 10 entered for the first race in the 2020 Triple Crown.

Without fans, and at reduced distance, Belmont Stakes set for Saturday on WAVE 3 News

Here’s a reminder: The 152nd Belmont Stakes will run Saturday at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y.

Derby Festival cancels Thunder Over Louisville, Pegasus Parade, Mini Marathon

Originally postponed until August and September, Kentucky Derby Festival anchor events Thunder Over Louisville, the miniMarathon and the Pegasus Parade all have now been canceled.

Derby dreams on the line Saturday at Churchill Downs

With the Run for the Roses pushed back to September 5, there are dreams of the Kentucky Derby for some late-blooming 3-year-olds.

Baffert to point Charlatan and Nadal to Belmont Stakes

NYRA moved Belmont Stakes to June 20

2020 Belmont Stakes will be first leg of Triple Crown

Race shortened and moved to June 20

Road to Kentucky Derby goes through Ellis Park

Among the announcement, the Ellis Park Derby is now elevated to a prep race for the Derby.

Bob Baffert’s take on the first Saturday in May 2020

Hall of Fame trainer won a Derby twice in one day

One Year Ago Today: Historic Derby finish ends in winner’s DQ

Monday marks the one-year anniversary of the first-ever Kentucky Derby that ended with the disqualification of its winner due to interference in the race.

  What does the first Saturday in May look like without the Kentucky Derby?

If you were to peek into Churchill Downs on May 2, 2020, you’d see an empty track, bare stands, empty stalls on the Paddock, and not a single trace of horse hooves.

  WATCH: WAVE 3 News coverage of the 2015 Kentucky Derby

WAVE 3 News is re-airing coverage from the 2015 Kentucky Derby, featuring American Pharoah’s first win in his legendary Triple Crown winning run.

Ben Benitez: Derby delayed

Impact of Kentucky Derby postponement

Kentucky Oaks Call to the Post plays on despite no race

Churchill Downs employees encouraged neighbors to step outside and cheer from their porches.

Mike Hartnett picks the virtual Triple Crown Showdown

All 13 Triple Crown winners will be celebrated as they compete in a virtual matchup on what was supposed to be Derby Day!

Baffert Talks Arkansas, Kentucky Derby

Hall of fame trainer, Bob Baffert has two favorites running in this week's Arkansas Derby, but misses the Kentucky Derby.

PROGRAM ALERT: Triple Crown winners to race (virtually) on first Saturday in May

Bet on your favorite Triple Crown winner and support COVID-19 relief efforts.

  Century-old diner feeling the effects of a postponed Kentucky Derby

Businesses across Louisville are feeling the economic impact of COVID-19 and the Kentucky Derby's subsequent postponement.

  WATCH: 2019 Great Bed Races encore presentation

WAVE 3 News is proud to bring you an encore presentation of the 2019 Kentucky Derby Festival Great Bed Races.

  Kentucky Derby competitors facing woes after Derby postponing

Horse racing trainers are dealing with the woes of the Kentucky Derby being postponed.

  Local businesses typically busy for Derby now suffering because of health crisis

Many local businesses would normally be swamped right now getting ready for the Kentucky Derby, but thanks to the coronavirus crisis, instead it’s the opposite.

2002 Derby winner War Emblem cause of death determined

Necropsy determined that War Emblem's death was caused by a ruptured small intestine.