For the first time in 75 years, the Kentucky Derby will not be held on the first Saturday in May. But for the first time in its 146 year history, Churchill Downs will host a virtual race to mark the date. Instead of watching live horses thunder across the track, simulations of the Derby’s 13 Triple Crown winners, from Sir Barton in 1919 to Justify in 2018, will face off. The winner will be determined by data algorithms and historical handicapping information. You can still bet on the outcome with money going to COVID-19 emergency relief efforts. Churchill Downs is prepared to match all donations up to $1 million. The excitement will be broadcast on NBC, just like the regular Derby is, along with a rerun of American Pharoah’s historic victory in 2015. For the full experience, Churchill Downs is also hosting an entire Derby Party on its social media pages with a DIY fascinator tutorial, cocktail crafting and more.
Saturday, May 2NBC
3-6 p.m. | Free