Horse racing, a sport that does not escape the onslaught of the coronavirus, a pandemic that has affected the world economy and health, joins many disciplines that have seen the need to alter their calendar to prevent the spread.
This time it was the turn of the emblematic Kentucky Derby, the first valid of the American Triple Crown, which for the last 75 years was played on the first Saturday in May and in its 146th edition, the date was changed to Saturday, September 5 at Churchill Downs, Louisville.
The so-called "Carrera de las Rosas", one of the favorites of the equestrians that work in the United States, announced at a distance of 2.000 meters and on a sandy track, is exclusively for specimens of three years who want to write their name in the first stepping stone to the triple gem, completed by the Preakness Stakes in Pimlico and the Belmont Stakes in New York.
Churchill Downs authorities said they made the decision to postpone Kentucky after considering doing it behind closed doors. The Preakness Stakes is also slated to change its schedule for the end of September at Baltmore.
Panama closed its doors
The Hippodrome Presidente Remón of Panama, announced the suspension of activities indefinitely and prohibited the entrance of its facilities of people who do not work directly with the race thoroughbred copies due to the existence of the coronavirus that has affected several workers of said circuit.
On the other hand, the days announced from today until Sunday in Gulfstream Park, Florida, will be held without the presence of the public, while other American ovals have closed their doors.