Louisville Looks To Rebound With Kentucky Derby Back In May

Apr 25, 2021, 11:59 AM | Updated: Feb 14, 2023, 12:23 pm

Authentic #18, ridden by jockey John Velazquez leads the field to the first turn during the 146th r...

Authentic #18, ridden by jockey John Velazquez leads the field to the first turn during the 146th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on September 05, 2020 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

(Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Derby is back on the first Saturday in May, slowly bringing with it the sights, sounds and rituals familiar to Louisville.

Local officials and business owners are hopeful that translates into better cash flow after the coronavirus pandemic upended the Derby’s schedule last year.

Some Derby activities have returned, and attendance capacity at Churchill Downs could approach 60% in certain areas.

This year’s economic impact on the region is estimated at $34.6 million, less than a tenth of the normal revenue that the event generates.

The Derby buzz is once again humming around Louisville.

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Louisville Looks To Rebound With Kentucky Derby Back In May