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Empty Spaces: Filling The COVID Void At The Kentucky Derby

September 5, 2020: The field for the 2020 Kentucky Derby races in front of an empty grandstand due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, on Sept. 05, 2020. Evers/Eclipse Sportswire/CSM

When Churchill Downs finally made the wrenching decision to run the 2020 Kentucky Derby without fans, the year in horse racing already had taken numerous historic turns due to the worldwide coronavirus pandemic.

In the aftermath of the race came the stunning and terrible realization that Churchill Downs could have been filled to capacity and still not held all those who have died in the United States from the virus. From a well of sadness a simple idea emerged – to show what was lost while honoring the spirit of America's greatest horse race.

With this video, writer John Scheinman and photojournalists Alex Evers, John Voorhees and Scott Serio teamed up to juxtapose the Kentucky Derby normally bursting with life and the stark emptiness of this year's race.

It is part lament for what has been lost, part deeply felt reflection and also a token of remembrance for future fans to look back on how, this year, everything changed – the year the Kentucky Derby was not run on the traditional first Saturday in May, but, rather, the first Saturday in September.

Watch the video below:

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