The first Saturday in May is back!
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Though this year’s Kentucky Derby was postponed until September 5 due to public health concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic, Churchill Downs still managed to come up with a way for fans to celebrate the first Saturday in May.

The Louisville institution is taking a “Healthy at Home” approach to honoring the annual tradition by hosting a day-long at-home Kentucky Derby party to raise $2 million for COVID-19 emergency relief efforts.

Fans can tune in to a special broadcast on NBC on May 2 for a re-airing of the 2015 Kentucky Derby, the race that began the legendary American Pharaoh’s historic Triple Crown run.

The broadcast will also include Churchill Downs’ first-ever virtual horse race. According to a news release, the virtual race will feature the 13 past Triple Crown winners and use data algorithms including historical handicapping information about each horse, which helps to determine the probability of their potential finishing positions.

“For many fans around the country, the first Saturday in May has become a part of their family’s yearly traditions,” Kevin Flanery, President of Churchill Downs Racetrack, said in a statement. “While we eagerly look forward to the 146th Kentucky Derby this year on the first Saturday in September, we will celebrate the annual excitement of our traditional date with our fans and community by offering ways for us to join together for a great cause. Our fans will be captivated by the realistic view of the virtual race and we can debate, as we do each year, our favorite to win.”

In addition to the main event, a full day of online festivities is planned, including virtual tours, Derby cocktail and fascinator-making instructions, ideas for party decorations, kids’ crafts, Derby-inspired recipes, an at-home Derby fashion contest, and more.

Starting April 30, fans can visit KentuckyDerby.com to choose their favorite horse to win the virtual race. They can also join Churchill Downs in making a charitable donation to COVID-19 emergency relief efforts. The historic racetrack has pledged to match up to $1 million of donations to Team Kentucky Fund and Direct Relief. A small percentage will also be earmarked for the R.E.I.N. Fund (Relief for Equine Industry Needs), a program managed by Churchill Downs Foundation.

“The anticipation of which Triple Crown winner will emerge as the ultimate champion is thrilling. But most importantly, we are proud to use this platform as a force for good by raising money for these worthy COVID-19 emergency initiatives,” Bill Carstanjen, CEO of Churchill Downs Incorporated, said in a release. “We urge fans to join us by donating and celebrating with us from home.”

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