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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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Kentucky's horse racing industry suffered a potentially huge setback Thursday when the state's highest court ruled at least some historical racing games being offered in betting parlors aren't legal.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., center, walks to his office from the Senate floor, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

House panel approves bill to combat doping in horse racing

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A key House committee on Wednesday gave bipartisan approval to legislation to create national standards for the horse racing industry to prevent fatalities and discourage illegal medication practices. The Senate's top Republican said he would press to pass the bill before the year is out.

Kentucky Derby entry Tiz the Law runs during a workout at Churchill Downs, Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, in Louisville, Ky. The Kentucky Derby is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 5th. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Tiz the Law is a big favorite in a Derby unlike any other

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Forget the mint juleps in souvenir glasses, men in seersucker suits and women wearing hats exploding in a floral frenzy. The Kentucky Derby still has horses - Tiz the Law is the biggest favorite in 31 years - but just about everything else makes the 146th edition unlike any other.