Coronavirus protocols, such as the wearing of masks and social distancing, will be in effect at Turf and at all OTB. Wagering at Turf will take place in the first floor of the Grandstand.
Turf will open at 7:30 am Saturday to receive the first of the Churchill Downs’ simulcasts beginning at 8:00 am. The Ky Derby post time is 4:01 pm (MST).
Tiz The Law, who has drawn the 17 post in the 18 horse field, has been installed the 3-5 favorite. Tiz The Law has already won the Belmont Stakes in this year’s juxtaposed Triple Crown series due to the Coronavirus. The Preakness Stakes, generally the second leg of the crown, will now be the third and final race of the series on Oct. 3.
In addition to the Derby, Churchill Downs will also host six additional graded stakes races: The Turf Classic (G1), Derby City Distaff (G1), Longines Turf Mile (G2), American Turf (G2), the Pat Day Mile (G2) and Iroquois (G3).
The following OTB sites will be open. In Phoenix: Castaways, The Burg, Brenda’s Inferno, Gallagher’s 16th, Casey Jones, Padre Murphy’s, American Legion, Azool Grill, Gallagher’s Baseline, Arena Sports Grill.
In Mesa: RT O’Sullivan’s, JJ Madison’s, O’Kelley’s.
In Scottsdale: K’O’Donnell’s, Bevvy, Tavern Grill, RT O’Sullivan’s.
In Chandler: The Ivy, Copper Still, Third Base.
In Glendale: Stinger’s, Charley’s
Other OTBs: Harold’s (Cave Creek), Matt’s (Prescott), Antelope Lanes (Prescott Valley), Safford Bowl (Safford), Peoria Pines (Peoria), Oasis (Goodyear), Quality Inn (Lake Havasu), The Lodge (Pinetop), Bleacher’s (Ahwatukee), Brookside (Surprise), Boston’s Bar (Tempe) and Parkview Tap House (Fountain Hills).
The five OTB’s in Tucson will also be open.