Virtual Derby Not Your Thing? Try The Kentucky Turtle Derby

The greatest non-tradition in racing sport will return this year for the first time since 1945. Old Forester announced this week it is reviving the Kentucky Turtle Derby, an event first (and, so far as we know, last) held during World War II when the equine Derby was postponed due to the war efforts.

Billed as “the slowest eight minutes in sports,” the event will be livestreamed on YouTube at 7 p.m. and will feature a race call from announcer Larry Collmus. Steve Buttleman, longtime Churchill bugler, will also appear to play the call to post.

The previous incarnation of the event featured 167 turtles who faced off in seven heats of 20 competitors before lining up for a 20-foot finale. This year’s event will be one race of eight turtles with names like Seattle Slow.

Then, as now, the event was a fundraiser for charity; in 1945 it raised $8,000 to support a local children’s health charity. This year, spectators are encouraged to donate to the Hospitality Industry Emergency Relief Fund to help servers, bartenders, and restaurant workers who have lost their jobs due to the impact of COVID-19.

“It is weird, but there’s been a lot of weird going on the last couple of months in this country,” Collmus told WFTV9 News. “It will be like the Derby broadcast. Just turtles instead.”

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