FACT CHECK: Does This Photo Show Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear At The 2020 Kentucky Derby Without A Mask?

FACT CHECK: Does This Photo Show Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear At The 2020 Kentucky Derby Without A Mask?


An image shared on Facebook purportedly shows Democratic Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear at the 2020 Kentucky Derby while not wearing a mask.

Verdict: False

The image actually shows Beshear at the 2017 Longines Kentucky Oaks. He did not attend the 2020 Kentucky Derby in person.

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Fact Check:

The Kentucky Derby is typically held the first Saturday in May, but it was postponed in March due to coronavirus-related safety concerns, NBC News reported. The 2020 race was held on Sept. 5 with only essential personnel, along with a few spectators who had connections to the racers, allowed in the stands, according to Business Insider.

The image shows Beshear with his wife and two other women wearing extravagant hats customarily worn at the Derby. None of the people pictured are wearing face masks. The caption alleges it shows him at the 2020 Kentucky Derby, saying, “When a tyrant tells you to be safe at home. Yet here he is at the derby no mask.” (RELATED: No, This Viral Image Doesn’t Show Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear’s Tweet About School Closures)

In reality, the photo was taken at the 2017 Longines Kentucky Oaks, a race of 3-year-old female horses that

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