Kentucky Derby Online Media Center

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The 146th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve will be held on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020.

This year’s Kentucky Derby will look very different from past years. 

Due to physical distancing protocols and other safety measures in place to mitigate the risks associated with COVID-19, we will have no spectators at this year’s at Derby.

Only limited participants and limited pre-approved media will be allowed on site. 

We are absolutely committed to ensuring a safe environment.

With that said, I’d like to provide a snapshot of how coverage of the 2020 Kentucky Derby may look at this time. As I’m sure you can expect, everything is subject to change. 

Media credentials will be issued to approximately 17% of the typical annual capacity. Attendees will receive a temperature check and a medical questionnaire upon arrival. Wearing cloth face coverings will be required when not actively consuming food or beverage.

The communications department is committed to do everything we can to get you the content for news gathering, whether you’re onsite or working remotely. For media invited to join us for this year’s Derby, we promise you that we will work to make it as safe and comfortable as we possibly can.

If you have any specific questions, please contact Darren Rogers ([email protected]) or Kevin Kerstein ([email protected]). 

Churchill Downs and the Communications Team look forward to your possible arrival and your subsequent coverage of the Kentucky Derby and Churchill Downs!


Darren Rogers
Senior Director, Communications & Media Services
Churchill Downs
700 Central Avenue
Louisville, KY 40208
(502) 636-4461 (Office)
(502) 345-1030 (Mobile)
(502) 636-4469 (Fax)
[email protected]

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