France Will Resume Racing On 11 May

Racing in France is set to resume on Monday behind closed doors

5 May 2020, France Galop ~ According to France Galop, France will begin racing on Monday, 11 May 2020.

The sport has been suspended in France due to the Coronavirus protocols since 17 March but police have given permission for racing to begin at ParisLongchamp in May.

Edouard de Rothschild, president of governing body France Galop, hailed the authorization as “very good news”.

British racing is also looking to resume in May including 16 Group races on successive weekends.

Action can start within a week of any go-ahead from the government, British Horseracing Authority chief executive Nick Rust has stated.

Racing has continued without spectators, and with social-distancing protocols, at some tracks in Australia, Japan, Hong Kong and the United States.

United States Kentucky Derby and Triple Crown

The Kentucky Derby, for 146 years scheduled on the first Saturday in May, was cancelled, and the track is scheduled to open meetings on 16 May.

The 2020 Kentucky Derby will now be held on 5 September. The companion race for fillies, the Kentucky Oaks (G1), will be run the day prior, the first Friday in September.

“Throughout the rapid development of the COVID-19 pandemic, our first priority has been how to best protect the safety and health of our guests, team members and community,” Churchill Downs Inc. CEO Bill Carstanjen said.

The other two jewels of the Triple Crown, the Preakness (G1) and Belmont S. (G1), are also under consideration to move to the September-October time frame.

Editors note: 20 horses compete in the Kentucky Derby, but first the 20 horses must earn their spot over a series of 35 races taking place at tracks across the country and the world. Points are awarded to the top 4 horses that finish in each of those 35 races, and the 20 horses with the most points earn a spot in the starting gate in the Kentucky Derby race. The Kentucky Derby winning purse is $2 million.