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Crews ready a new starting gate at Churchill Downs on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020, in Louisville, Ky. The starter and assistant starters were giving the new gate a test run for the mile-and-a-quarter race. The new starting gate will allow 20 horses to be loaded for the Kentucky Derby. The track has previously used two gates to accommodate the large field for the event. The gate will be used only for the Kentucky Derby. (Michael Clevenger/Courier Journal via AP)  **FILE**

Kentucky Derby traditions getting a swift kick from coronavirus pandemic

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The coronavirus pandemic forced the 146th Derby to be pushed back to Labor Day weekend, the first time since 1945 that it won’t be held on its usual May date. The 17-horse field will break from a new starting gate on Saturday, one to be used only for the Derby. It fits 20 horses, the typical size of the field, which is slightly smaller this year.

 In this May 4, 2019, file photo, jockey Flavien Prat, aboard Country House, center, looks on as jockey Luis Saez, right, aboard Maximum Security, crosses the finish line during the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. Maximum Security crossed the finish line first in the 2019 Kentucky Derby. What happened next set horse racing off on a year-long odyssey of chaos. From a historic DQ to doping, lawsuits to a global pandemic, and then a Triple Crown turned upside down. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)  **FILE**

From Kentucky Derby DQ to doping, a chaotic year in horse racing

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Maximum Security crossed the finish line first in the 2019 Kentucky Derby. What happened next set horse racing off on a yearlong odyssey of chaos: from a historic DQ to doping, from lawsuits to a pandemic, and now a Triple Crown turned upside down.

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John Velazquez, right, rides Authentic to win the Breeder's Cup Classic horse race at Keeneland Race Course, in Lexington, Ky., Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) **FILE**

Horse racing hopes for return to normal, with fans, in 2021

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The golden sunset over Keeneland provided a picturesque and welcome wrap for horse racing after the pandemic wiped out its spring, cramped marquee stakes races into a crowded schedule and reshuffled the Triple Crown order.

Pierre-Charles Boudot, celebrates atop Audarya after winning the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf horse race at Keeneland Race Course, in Lexington, Ky., Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Breeders' Cup replacement riders thrive after virus changes

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When Colin Keane got a last-minute mount on Tarnawa in the Breeders' Cup Turf because regular jockey Christophe Soumillon tested positive for the coronavirus, he called training great Dermot Weld to ask for a plan.

Kentucky Derby winner Authentic is taken for a workout at the Breeders' Cup World Championship horse races at Keeneland Race Course Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020, in Lexington, Ky. Authentic is scheduled to run in the Breeders' Cup Classic race Saturday. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

In an abnormal year, Breeders' Cup offers a bit of normalcy

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This year’s Triple Crown slate unfolded over 3½ months instead of six weeks and shuffled the marquee Kentucky Derby from its traditional first Saturday in May to Labor Day weekend - as the middle jewel.

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Baffert hires oversight after stable's drug positives

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Two-time Triple Crown-winning trainer Bob Baffert, who has had multiple horses test positive for medication violations, is taking steps to “do better,” including hiring outside oversight.

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