A coronavirus pandemic-delayed Kentucky Derby is ready to race.
Here are four things you need to know before the horses start to run Saturday.
1. Saturday is race day. The 146th Derby will be run at 7 p.m. with post time set for 6:50 p.m. ET. But events leading up to the race have already started. Many are being held virtually on social media due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Derby was delayed from its traditional running in May.
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The distance is set at 1 and 1/4 miles, Forbes reported.
2. Seventeen horses will run instead of the traditional 20. All the horses will be released from one gate instead of two. Normally the first gate has 14 runners with the remaining six released from a second, The Associated Press reported. King Guillermo was scratched this week after he had a fever, Derby officials said.
Art Collector also will not run due to an injury. The horse is expected to run at the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore.
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4. Fashion contest. Normally hats are one of the secondary draws to the races, but since fans won’t be at the Kentucky Derby in person, a virtual fashion competition is happening. Click here for details on the contest that is being held through Twitter and Instagram under the hashtag #MyDerbyFashion. The contest runs through Saturday afternoon, ending at 4 p.m. ET.
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