2020 West Virginia Derby Cancelled due to coronavirus

Mountaineer racetrack

Mountaineer Racetrack officials had planned to run the Aug. 1 races without spectators, but concerns about bringing in owners, trainers and jockeys from out-of-state to the Chester track ultimately proved to be untenable, he said.

Jim Colvin, manager of racing operations at Mountaineer, said the rescheduling of the Kentucky Derby to Sept. 5 was another factor, with at least two thoroughbred horse owners opting out of the West Virginia Derby to prepare for the Triple Crown race.

Colvin said it would not be feasible to push the races back to a later date, or to substitute other stakes races this fall.

“At this time, we would have no makeup dates,” he told commissioners during the meeting, conducted telephonically.