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Posted at 10:42 AM, May 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-16 10:42:48-04

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (LEX 18) — As restrictions continue to ease across the country, horse racing resumes in Kentucky this weekend.

The first race is scheduled for 1:00 this afternoon at Churchill Downs.

These will be the first races in Kentucky since March when the pandemic led to a statewide shutdown of the sports and many other industries.

However, no fans will be in attendance to ensure safety for as many as possible.

Everyone who is at the track will have to go through a medical screening and wear a mask.

Horses were first allowed back at Churchill Downs on Monday, and handlers are still expected to practice social distancing in the barn and training areas.\

This comes just two weeks after the running of the 146th Kentucky Derby was supposed to take place.

The race has been rescheduled for Saturday September 5, 2020.

The Preakness and Belmont Stakes, the other two legs of the Triple Crown, have been postponed but not rescheduled.