Kentucky Derby cookie bakers gearing up for the annual festival were disappointed over the cancellation of this year’s celebration due to the ongoing pandemic. The most recent news is that the schedule has been moved to September 05, 2020.
Some Interesting Trivia about the Kentucky Derby Festivals
One of the interesting trivias about Kentucky Derby Festivals is that on the average, as many as 30,000 cookies are being consumed during the week-long family affair. The excitement among the derby food fair participants was fired up when Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI), launched a nationwide search for the first ever “Official Menu Taster Tester.” The winner would have helped in curating the official party menu of the 146th Kentucky Derby Festival originally set to take place last May 02, 2020.
Another notable trivia is that of the 3 Triple Crown races, the Kentucky Derby is the only race that has the distinction of having seen uninterrupted runs for 145 years. That is until the unfortunate spread of the COVID-19 pandemic across the entire U.S.A. As the turns of events have it, the much awaited festival race had to bs canceled and rescheduled.
In announcing the cancellation, Bill Carstanjen, the CEO of CDI said that at no point did they consider cancelling the Kentucky Derby. However, he explained that
”Our first priority is to protect the health and safety of our team members, guests, and the community. However, as the COVID-19 rapidly developed into a pandemic, while the situation has evolved into what it is now, we came to a difficult decision that what we need to do is to reschedule.
While the state of Kentucky still reports a continuing increase in numbers of Covid-19 infections and deaths, it is not necessarily included in the list of U.S. states flagged as hot spots. After all, 6,876 of the previous cases reported have already recovered, while the positivity rates are on a downward trend.
In the meantime, the latest news about the 2020 Kentucky Derby are mostly odds and predictions on the most likely winners, to which topnotch experts share opinions why their picks have great potential of winning the 146th Kentucky Derby.