Kentucky Derby 2021: Scott Baio Highlights Incredible National Anthem Display at Churchill Downs

by Evan Reier

Seeing a crowd of people enjoying the Kentucky Derby is beautiful enough. Seeing a grand display for the National Anthem is even more gorgeous.

Horseracing fans flocked to Churchill Downs on Saturday as the Kentucky Derby made its return. After being postponed last year to September, the race is back in its rightful spot of spring.

Of course, celebrities and athletes and the like are all in attendance. But the true moment that nailed home the reality that life is slowly returning to normal was a sizable crowd standing with hands over hearts.

This may have been best highlighted by former Happy Days star Scott Baio. The outspoken former actor took to Twitter while watching the race, highlighting the beautiful moment.

Alongside a plethora of United States flag and horse and rose emojis, Baio just needed one word to address the scenes:


It certainly helps that Grammy Award winner Tori Kelly unleashed a stunning rendition of the National Anthem.

It goes without saying, but it’s the moments like these that make life worth the struggle. After a brutally difficult past 14 months, glimpses of light in the tunnel like this mean so much.

Kentucky Derby is at Full Horsepower

As mentioned, this is the first time since 2019 that the Kentucky Derby is in spring. The COVID-19 pandemic forced the race to September, which saw Authentic take a tight race over favorite Tiz the Law.

It marked the second time in the race’s history that the race was postponed, the first time coming all the way back in 1945. The 1945 Kentucky Derby was postponed due to the United State’s involvement in World War II.

This year’s race has 50 percent capacity. While obviously not the full crowd that Churchill Downs can withstand, @DerbyMedia reported the official attendance was a whopping 51,838. That is the largest crowd for a sporting event in the U.S. since before the pandemic.