HENDERSON, Ky. (WFIE) - Friday marks the beginning of a busy weekend for horse racing fans in the Tri-State.
The Kentucky Derby is arguably the most exciting two minutes in sports, but it’s even more exciting this year for fans after the COVID-19 pandemic threw off plans in 2020.
The pandemic started hitting hard around this time last year, and the Derby was one of the bigger events impacted.
However, places like Ellis Park are happy to welcome back fans.
For those who can’t make it down to Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ellis Park is buzzing with horse racing enthusiasts and entry is free.
Watch and wager reservations for the Sky Theater and Clubhouse Dining are sold out, but that doesn’t mean people can’t enjoy the sunshine outside while betting on the races.
Track officials say there is still plenty of room for people to come out.
“There’s an attendance limit inside — We have one out here, but this is a large place,” Ellis Park General Manager Jeff Inman said. “We have plenty of room for everybody, so we’re going to be outside. And in Kentucky, as long as you’re not waiting in a line, we do not have a mask mandate, as long as you’re out here on the apron.”
For Saturday’s big race, the track’s doors will open at 8:30 a.m.
Coverage for the 147th Kentucky Derby starts Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Viewers can watch all the action on WFIE.
The post time is set for 5:57 p.m.