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Kentucky Derby to have fans in the grandstand

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Published on June 26, 2020 -
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Kentucky Derby to have fans in the grandstand

During this pandemic, a lot of us have been longing for the return of our favorite sports.

Whether that be baseball, golf, women's soccer or something else entirely.

Kimt news three's george mallet joins us now with a look at one sport that never closed down completely and is planning to come back in a big way: horse racing.

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"* there will b the grandstand at the kentucky derby.

Now, i may be something less than an objective reporter on this topic.

I've made no secret of my obsession with great racehorses.

I've shared pictures of me mounted on the grandson of secretariat i grabbed off the racetrack after he finished a great racing career.

And i've traveled to new mexico to shoot a piece about 2009 kentucky derby winner mine that bird?

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"* whe given a leg up to shoot a few pictures on the strapping bay gelding's back.

Last saturday marked the delayed belmont stakes in elmont new york.

A lot was different.

Instead of there being a roaring crowd?

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" announcer larry collmus did his best to fill the moment with excitement as uber talented tiz the law became the first new york bred horse to win the belmont since the 19th century.

The new york hero tiz the law and manny franco to win the belmont stakes.

They took it by four lengths in the end.

Horse racing has been forced to take a practical approach to this pandemic.

On june 10th canterbury downs in shakopee, minnesota resumed racing?

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*- and morning gallops have continued to keep fleet footed minnesota based steeds in top shape.

What we've been able to do is draw from racetracks that are running right now or that are training right now around the country, kind of take the best practices.

Horse racing has been dealt a series of devastating black eyes in recent years.

Just over three months ago?

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"* fe authorities indicted 27 horse racing professionals accusing them of drugging their equine athletes to deceive the betting public.

Today's allegations against 27 individuals in the horse racing industry shines a light on the severity of their crimes and the impact of those crimes on the horses.

But during the pandemic, when other sports have been dormant, horse racing has garnered a larger audience.

Both fox sports one and nbc sports net have been broadcasting weekend races.

And today?

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"* wor this year's delayed kentucky derby will take place with fans in the grandstand at storied churchill downs !

We have to look forward and say what do we want to accomplish in two months, how do we bring people to the track in a safe and effective way?

And how respectful of what's been happening around the country and just move forward.

Perhaps of far less importance to sports fans is whether this truly dominant colt... tiz the law will be able to sweep all three jewels of the disrupted triple crown... and whether such an accomplishmen and make no mistake about it?

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"* tiz the law is amazing horse.

He has won five of six starts with speed figures that are off the charts.

He is trained by barclay tagg who guided funny cide to wins in the kentucky derby and preakness stakes.

Tagg is one of true good guys in the sport of kings who does everything the right way.

Yesterday it was announced that tiz the law will perform stallion duty for ashford stud when his racing career is over.

Thanks george.

The colt's owners plan for "tiz the law" to run in the travers stakes on august 8th, the september 5th kentucky derby and the october 3rd preakness stakes before wrapping up the year in the breeders cup classic on november

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