Kentucky governor says racing can return in May with no fans

Columbus, OH — The Lexington (KY) Herald-Leader has reported that Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said Wednesday (April 29) that he will allow horse racing to begin again in the state, without fans, starting next month.

Churchill Downs in Louisville had presented the governor with a “detailed proposal” last week about safely re-opening. Beshear said the two sides reached an agreement Tuesday. The track will begin accepting horses in its stable area on May 11.

There was no word on when Churchill might actually begin racing.

Harness racing in Kentucky at The Red Mile isn’t scheduled to begin until Aug. 2.

Currently in the U.S., live racing without fans is taking place in Florida, Arkansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma.

To read the complete story from the Lexington Herald-Leader, click here.

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