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A Trump appearance at the Derby appears in the works, but Churchill Downs isn't confirming

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FILE - Former President Donald Trump speaks at a rally at the Lorain County Fairgrounds, June 26, 2021, in Wellington, Ohio. Former President Trump is returning to Ohio to try to boost Republican candidates and turnout ahead of the May 3 primary. Trump will headline an evening rally at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in Delaware, north of Columbus, on April 23. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

The Kentucky Derby is known for drawing high-profile guests and celebrities, and this year that could include former President Donald Trump. But Derby organizers aren’t confirming the appearance.

Thursday, Gov. Andy Beshear revealed he will be in the stands for the Derby.

"Very excited. I will be there. And we again are going to be joined by hundreds of thousands of our closest friends from across the United States and across the world," the Democrat said.

Hours later, thanks to a tweet by the New York Times’ Maggie Haberman, Kentucky learned that those close friends could include the former president. According to an announcement from the super PAC “MAGA, Again!” Trump is scheduled to attend a $75,000-per-person fundraiser at Churchill Downs on Derby Day.

The venue’s senior director of media services, Darren Rogers, said Churchill does not comment on or confirm the attendance of individual guests or those holding private events.

The head of the Kentucky Republican Party said he’s unaware of any plans to bring Trump to Louisville on Derby Day.

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