Churchill Downs to Hold Kentucky Derby 146 on September 5th with Spectators

(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) – Churchill Downs Racetrack announced that after consultation with Gov. Andy Beshear and state public health officials the 146th runnings of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve and Longines Kentucky Oaks will occur with spectators under strict guidelines.

Kentucky Derby Week will be held Sept. 1-5 with the Oaks on Friday, Sept. 4 and the Derby on Saturday, Sept. 5.

“We truly appreciate the leadership of the Governor of Kentucky, Andy Beshear, and all of the hard work, collaboration and guidance that state and local officials and public health experts have provided us to safely and responsibly host Kentucky Derby Week in September with spectators,” said Churchill Downs Racetrack President Kevin Flanery. “Our team is deeply committed to holding the very best Kentucky Derby ever, and we will take all necessary steps to protect the health and safety of all who attend and participate in the Derby.”

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Churchill Downs Races Set to Air on FS1 and FS2 – Tune in!

If you are missing the itch of a wager on a live event, look no further than horse racing. As live sports are on hold, live thoroughbred racing is alive and well continues at Churchill Downs for the Spring Meet.

With over 700 horses on the premises at the famed racetrack, the cards will be full and payouts juicy. The Spring Meet will be available on FOX Sports’ “America’s Day at the Races,” which will air every race day on either FS1 or FS2.

Produced by the New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) in partnership with FOX Sports, “America’s Day at the Races” is the acclaimed national telecast presenting coverage and analysis of the best racing from around the country.

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NEW ISSUE ALERT: Our May Readers’ Choice Awards Issue Delayed Until June

We hope everyone is staying safe and healthy during these unprecedented times. We have regretfully decided to postpone our May Readers’ Choice Awards Issue to June in hopes that casinos will be open and we can once again send you great articles, reviews, tips, strategies and more. For questions, comments, advertising information and more, call 502-212-5177 or email editor@southerngaming,com.

In the meantime, if you have any article ideas or other things you would like to see in upcoming issues, let us know!

 

MGM Resorts International Pledges $1 Million for Employee Emergency Fund & Donates Close to Half a Million Pounds of Food

(LAS VEGAS) MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) announced an array of initiatives intended to support those impacted economically by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, including a $1 million crisis and disaster relief pledge into an employee emergency grant fund and donating the equivalent of 400,000 meals across the United States.

“As we confront extraordinary events and an unprecedented global pandemic crisis, we know that this is an extremely challenging and uncertain time for many of our employees, their families, friends and neighbors and we are committed to help those in need,” said Bill Hornbuckle, Acting CEO and President of MGM Resorts International. “We have done a number of things to help our colleagues, including significantly expanding eligibility coverage for the MGM Employee Emergency Grant Fund. MGM Resorts International is donating $1 million towards disaster relief to offer additional support to employees impacted by the crisis and who may be experiencing hardships.”

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Who’s Open? Who’s Not? – G&D’s COVID-19 Casino & Racetrack Status & Info

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While casinos are taking extreme precautions for the safety of their customers, during the current situation with the spread of COVID-19 (Corona Virus), we will do our best to bring you the latest updates and information about casino and racetrack closings, concerts and event cancellations or postponements, and any other news and information as we receive it.

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We hope everyone stays safe (and clean!) and that we are back to our favorite casinos asap!

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Railbird Festival Line-up Announcement: Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit and Maren Morris Top the List

Railbird Festival, the Lexington, Kentucky-based, world-class music festival produced by AC Entertainment and Lexington entrepreneur David Helmers, is proud to present its 2020 lineup. Grammy Award-winning artists topping the weekend’s bill include Americana standout Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit and singer-songwriter Maren Morris. The festival will return to the Grounds at Keeneland, August 22-23, 2020.

Additional acts include The Head and the Heart, Young the Giant, The Decemberists, Tanya Tucker, Trampled By Turtles, Colter Wall, Whiskey Meyers, and more. More than 30 artists will perform across three stages during the two-day festival.

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