By Newswriter – The coronavirus outbreak in the United States has caused the sports landscape to be altered significantly. Although horse racing was able to carry on at some of the racecourses around the country, the Triple Crown of American thoroughbred racing was put on hiatus. The Kentucky Derby, the most famous horse race in the US, was postponed in early May and will be run at the end of the summer.
The America Triple Crown will still take place this year but fans will just need to get used to a change in the scheduling. Horse race punters can follow the American Triple Crown with 4njbets and find bet bonuses and tips on the races before wagering.
The Kentucky Derby is traditionally the start of the Triple Crown and has been run on the first Saturday in May for much of the last 100 years.
The 2020 edition will see the Run for the Roses held as the second jewel in the Triple Crown rather than the first. The Triple Crown will also see the races spread out like never before over the course of three months.
On May 25th, it was announced that the New York Racing Association had given the Belmont Stakes the go ahead to run on June 20th. The Belmont Stakes will take place over two months before the Kentucky Derby’s September 5th running which will come just before the Preakness Stakes on October 3rd.
The races are normally run in closer proximity with all three events falling within around a five-week timeframe. This year sees special circumstances dictate the Triple Crown’s running and over three months will have elapsed by the time the three races finish.
The Belmont Stakes has not only moved to a different date this year, but adjustments have been made to the race itself. It is typically run over the course of 2.4 kilometers, however, that distance will be shortened to just two.
Like all sporting events at the moment Belmont Park will have zero fans in attendance and only important staff members on hand.
Remarkably, it has been almost a century since the American Triple Crown was run out of order. In 1931, the three races were run in their current – sans 2020 – order and have stayed that way ever since.
Prior to 1931, the Triple Crown order varied leaving a number of pundits to claim the tradition of the Triple Crown is a recent phenomenon and running it differently this year doesn’t truly matter.
The lay out of the three races for 2020 will see the horses competing in the events more experienced. The schedule will give the three-year-old horses more time to train and prepare.
Although the Triple Crown races were postponed and race tracks closed due to the coronavirus, not all horse racing in the US stopped.
A number of horse racecourses remained open with races taking place behind closed doors.
On May 16th, Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby, reopened its doors for the Spring Meet 2020. Racing has continued without issue since the reopening.