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'My Old Kentucky Home' will be played before 2020 Kentucky Derby, including a moment of silence

Sunday Update from Churchill Downs
Posted at 2:58 PM, Sep 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-04 14:58:52-04

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (LEX 18) — Churchill Downs has announced the long-standing tradition of playing "My Old Kentucky Home" before the Kentucky Derby will continue but with a few changes.

The decision comes amid heightened tensions in Louisville and the United States over social justice issues. "My Old Kentucky Home" has long been scrutinized because of its lyrics, which detractors say diminishes the human suffering of slavery.