Kentucky Derby 2020: Empty stands and armed militias at America’s most famous race

The 146th Kentucky Derby, won by Authentic in an upset, was a surreal distillation of the crises facing the United States in 2020. America’s most famous thoroughbred race, usually held the first Saturday in May, was statged four months late due to the coronavirus pandemic. The fabled Churchill Downs racetrack was mostly quiet, but multiple groups including armed militias took part in protests and counter-protests outside over police killings of unarmed Black Americans

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