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May 2, 2020, and A Kentucky Derby Week Like No Other

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Even though I’m glad 130,000 people won’t be standing shoulder-to-shoulder at Churchill this year while a silent-but-deadly virus runs loose,  many of us still consider the First Saturday in May a beloved holiday tradition

This year, Churchill and NBC are planning special coverage for Kentucky Derby Day, considering postponed Big Race itself has been postponed to early fall.

Live racing will be represented by the Arkansas Derby, postponed from early spring and still considered a Derby prep race this year. .

Yet we have old genetic memories of celebrating the arrival of spring, after all.

Churchill and NBC are calling the Saturday afternoon coverage the “Kentucky Derby Party at Home.”  There will be a mix of social media video and regular TV coverage.

Instead of the Derby day race undercard, which I will miss, there’ll be social media coverage including how to make various child-friendly Derby-related objects, like a fascinator. The Party at Home page linked above shows which channels and times.

I know. Most readers of this blog are like me. If there’s no horse, then, “What else ya got?”

Classic and a New Twist on Racing

The 2015 Travers Stakes on TV: aka #Pharoahtoga

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Video from NYRA covering the arrival of Pharoah in Saratoga.

#Pharoahtoga is the hashtag created by Justin Zayat, manager of Zayat Racing when The Decision was made.

This Saturday, Aug. 29, Triple Crown winner American Pharoah will line up in the Saratoga starting gate to take a run at the Travers Stakes. Pharoah has the number two slot in the gate.

Of course, he’s not the only horse in the race, as you can see if you click on NYRA link and scroll down to the Travers field.

Those of us who prefer the big(ger) screen can can watch on NBC, our regular NBC from 4 to 6 pm EDT. As always, check your local listings. Your mileage may vary.

Also, I’m sure the race will be available on your favorite racing app, including NBC Sports Live Extra.

Come home safe, big guy.