A clear difference exists between the Kentucky Derby and any other horse race. The “Run for the Roses” is the biggest horse race in the world. Normally Derby Day is set for the first Saturday in May. However, COVID-19 forced the schedule to be backdated to the Saturday of Labor Day weekend. Traditionally, Triple Crown racing season starts with the Kentucky Derby. Cause by COVID-19 the Kentucky Derby in the middle of the three Triple Crown races. Regardless Kentucky Derby betting will still make for a festive day. Even fans not into horse racing watch and bet the Derby.
2020 Kentucky Derby Betting Info
|Date and Time:||Saturday, September 5, 2020, 2:30 p.m. ET|
|Location:||Churchill Downs, Louisville, Kentucky|
|2020 Kentucky Derby TV Coverage:||NBC|
2020 Kentucky Derby Odds:
|Devil Made Me Doit||+2500|
|Finnick The Fierce||+2500|
|Green Light Go||+2450|
|Storm The Court||+1500|
|Tiz The Law||+220|
|Field (Any Other Horse)||+300|
Churchill Downs – home of the Kentucky Derby
Known for its majestic twin spires on the roof of its grandstand, Churchill Downs is horse racing’s most famous venue. Opened in 1875 Churchill Downs can accommodate over 170,000 fans. In addition to the Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs hosts the Kentucky Oaks. The Oaks is the top fillies race held on Friday before the Derby. Also having run at Churchill Downs has been the Breeders Cup on nine different occasions.
Kentucky Derby Overview and History
In sum, the total purse for the Kentucky Derby is $3 million. The race is a mile and a quarter in length with a dirt surface. The late great 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat holds the record of 1:59.4 in his online betting win. Of course, recent Triple Crown winners American Pharoah and Justify began their quests at the Kentucky Derby. Jockeys Eddie Arcaro and Bill Hartack hold the co-record of five Kentucky Derby wins. Trainer Ben A. Jones has the record of six Kentucky Derby wins. While Calumet Farm holds the owner record with eight Derby triumphs.
Last year was one of the most memorable and controversial Kentucky Derby races ever. Country Horse was the winner by disqualification. Maximum Security was thought to have won but it was overturned for blocking. By reason of that inquiry jockey, Flavian Prat and trainer William Mott earned their first Derby wins.
Top 2020 Kentucky Derby Contenders
Tiz the Law +220
Commencing with four wins in five starts is Tiz the Law an opening Kentucky Derby favorite. Grade 1 wins at the Florida Derby and Champagne have impressed handicappers. And a grade 3 win at the Holy Bull doesn’t hurt either.
Honor A.P. +400
Late on a win at the Grade 1, Santa Anita Derby has elevated Honor A.P to Derby Day’s favorite status. He has won two of his last three races. Further, Honor A.P. finished second at the Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes.
By reason of a win at the Grade 1 Breeder Futurity did Maxfield garner Kentucky Derby Betting attention. Maxfield has won all three of his starts including the Grade 3 Matt Winn.
Of course, a Bob Baffert trained horse will command a full price. Authentic has three wins and a second place in four starts. Following three consecutive wins, this Baffert Colt finished behind Honor A.P. at the Santa Anita Derby. Prior to that was a Grade 2 win at the San Felipe Stakes. Second place went to Honor A.P. Authentic took the win at the Grade 3 Sham. Namely, Baffert is best known for winning the 2015 and 2018 Triple Crowns.