Kentucky Derby Horses 2020

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Kentucky Derby 2020 has been postponed to September 5, 2020. This year, the Belmont Stakes becomes the first leg of the Triple Crown and a qualifying race for the Kentucky Derby.

On the initially planned date of the event, May 2, a virtual Kentucky Derby was organized and streamed throughout the country. For this race, a 3D simulation of the Churchill Downs’s one and one quarter mile race featuring the 13 all-time Triple Crown winners. In this ultimate race of the Champions, the impossible lineup will include horses such as Secretariat and Justify, with their information processed by the software to determine the winner. Charitable donations were accepted towards emergency COVID-19 relief support. Secretariat proved to be the “ultimate champion” in this race of the legends

After the last controversial Kentucky Derby results, many are speculating which horse will emerge and be the next star, and a possible Triple Crown winner. Find the Kentucky Derby Horses, Picks and Predictions for 2020 here. Although the final lineup hasn’t been announced yet, we have drawn a list of the preliminary Kentucky Derby Entries. 

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Many trainers will be hoping that they have the perfect horse. In order to make the most out of your Kentucky Derby betting, you must take a deeper look at the current contenders. 

Here are the potential the Kentucky Derby 2020 contenders sorted by the number of points earned during the Road to Kentucky Derby prep races. Please note that this is not yet the final list of horses that will run in the Kentucky Derby 2020. Need help with reading the odds? Find out how Kentucky Derby odds work. 

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Past Performances : Belmont Stakes winner. 1st place in Florida Derby (G1). 1st in Champagne Stakes (G1), 3rd in Kentucky Jockey Club (G2) and 1st in Holly Bull (G3). After Tiz the Law’s stunning victory in the Champagne Stakes back in early October, this horse has been the one to watch. Tiz the Law is the 8-1 individual favorite in the Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 3.
Past Performances : Belmont Stakes winner. 1st place in Florida Derby (G1). 1st in Champagne Stakes (G1), 3rd in Kentucky Jockey Club (G2) and 1st in Holly Bull (G3). After Tiz the Law’s stunning victory in the Champagne Stakes back in early October, this horse has been the one to watch. Tiz the Law is the 8-1 individual favorite in the Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 3.
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Past Performances : First place in Santa Anita Derby. Previously, this colt had shown promising performances with jockey Mike Smith at the Santa Anita Park.
Past Performances : First place in Santa Anita Derby. Previously, this colt had shown promising performances with jockey Mike Smith at the Santa Anita Park.
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Authentic
Past Performances: 1st place in Sham Stakes (G3) at Santa Anita.
Past Performances: 1st place in Sham Stakes (G3) at Santa Anita.
Past Performances: 1st place in Tampa Bay Derby (G2).
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Ete Indien
Past Performances: Winning 1st place in the Fountain of Youth Stakes (Grade 2) with Jockey Florent Geroux propelled this horse to the top of the leaderboard. 2nd place in Holly Bull Stakes (G2) behind Tiz the Law on Feb. 1.
Past Performances: Winning 1st place in the Fountain of Youth Stakes (Grade 2) with Jockey Florent Geroux propelled this horse to the top of the leaderboard. 2nd place in Holly Bull Stakes (G2) behind Tiz the Law on Feb. 1.
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Modernist
Past Performances: Modernist is a three year old colt. Modernist also finished first at the Risen Star Fair Grounds Race Course, a Kentucky Derby Trail. The placement was also on February 15th, 2020. This horse has an especially prestigious pedigree being the first foal produced by Symbolic Gesture, the unraced mare and the daughter of the long-winded champion and winner of the 2006 Preakness, Bernardini.
Past Performances: Modernist is a three year old colt. Modernist also finished first at the Risen Star Fair Grounds Race Course, a Kentucky Derby Trail. The placement was also on February 15th, 2020. This horse has an especially prestigious pedigree being the first foal produced by Symbolic Gesture, the unraced mare and the daughter of the long-winded champion and winner of the 2006 Preakness, Bernardini.
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Ny Traffic
Past Performances: Ny Traffic has been plodding along with a solid racing record since its first race in September 2019. It had its first run in a graded race last month, finishing 3rd to Modernist in the Grade II Risen Star race.
Past Performances: Ny Traffic has been plodding along with a solid racing record since its first race in September 2019. It had its first run in a graded race last month, finishing 3rd to Modernist in the Grade II Risen Star race.
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Past Performances: 2nd place in Belmont Stakes after winning twice out of three starts. First place in a maiden special-weight outing in March and in Gulfstream's Unbridled Stakes.
Past Performances: 2nd place in Belmont Stakes after winning twice out of three starts. First place in a maiden special-weight outing in March and in Gulfstream's Unbridled Stakes.
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Basin
Past Performances : 1st place in Hopeful Stakes (G1).
Past Performances : 1st place in Hopeful Stakes (G1).
Past Performances: Winner of Gotham Stakes (G3).
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Shivaree
Past Performances: Second place in Florida Derby (G1). 3rd place in Hutcheson Stakes (G3) and 2nd in Swale Stakes (G3).
Past Performances: Second place in Florida Derby (G1). 3rd place in Hutcheson Stakes (G3) and 2nd in Swale Stakes (G3).
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Max Player
Past Performances : 1st place in Withers (Grade 3). Max Player is the winner of the Grade 3, $250,000 Withers that was held at the Aqueduct Racetrack. Max Player finished second in his November 12, 2019 career debut which was held at Parx.
Past Performances : 1st place in Withers (Grade 3). Max Player is the winner of the Grade 3, $250,000 Withers that was held at the Aqueduct Racetrack. Max Player finished second in his November 12, 2019 career debut which was held at Parx.
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9. Gouverneur Morris
Past Performances: 2nd place in Breeders' Futurity-G1. Next Step: Southwest Stakes (G3).
Past Performances: 2nd place in Breeders' Futurity-G1. Next Step: Southwest Stakes (G3).
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Enforceable
Past Performances : 3rd place in Breeders' Futurity (G1), 4th in Kentucky Jockey Club (G2) and 1st in Lecomte (G3). Enforceable, a one-time slow developer, is the winner of the $200,000 Lecomte Stakes that took place on January 18th at the Fair Grounds. Enforceable comes from a great pedigree with parents Tapit and Justwhistledixie.
Past Performances : 3rd place in Breeders' Futurity (G1), 4th in Kentucky Jockey Club (G2) and 1st in Lecomte (G3). Enforceable, a one-time slow developer, is the winner of the $200,000 Lecomte Stakes that took place on January 18th at the Fair Grounds. Enforceable comes from a great pedigree with parents Tapit and Justwhistledixie.
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Storm the Court
Past Performances: 8th in Del Mar Futurity (G1), 3rd in American Pharoah Stakes (G1), 1st in Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1). Storm the Court started off with a bang when he won his debut race at Del Mar back in August 2019. He did not fare as well in the Grade 1 Runhappy Del Mar Futurity because Eight Rings, an errant competitor knocked into him, losing his jockey. Storm the Court found his footing again when he won the TVG Breeders' Cup Juvenile on November 1st, 2019. This was even after being written off as the second-longest shot, with odds of 45-1.
Past Performances: 8th in Del Mar Futurity (G1), 3rd in American Pharoah Stakes (G1), 1st in Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1). Storm the Court started off with a bang when he won his debut race at Del Mar back in August 2019. He did not fare as well in the Grade 1 Runhappy Del Mar Futurity because Eight Rings, an errant competitor knocked into him, losing his jockey. Storm the Court found his footing again when he won the TVG Breeders' Cup Juvenile on November 1st, 2019. This was even after being written off as the second-longest shot, with odds of 45-1.
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Sole Volante
Past Performances: On February 8th, 2020, Sole Volante became the winner of the $250,000 Grade 3 Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs. The horse managed to win by 2 and ½ lengths, making him a great Kentucky Derby contender.
Past Performances: On February 8th, 2020, Sole Volante became the winner of the $250,000 Grade 3 Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs. The horse managed to win by 2 and ½ lengths, making him a great Kentucky Derby contender.
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Major Fed
Past Performances: Major Fed made his career debut on November 23rd, 2019, where he came in third on the Churchill Down’s sloppy track. However, he managed to eke out a 4¼-length win on New Year’s Day at the Fair Grounds. He is three years old.
Past Performances: Major Fed made his career debut on November 23rd, 2019, where he came in third on the Churchill Down’s sloppy track. However, he managed to eke out a 4¼-length win on New Year’s Day at the Fair Grounds. He is three years old.
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Thousand Words
Past Performances: 1st place in Lost Alamitos Futurity (G2) and Robert Lewis (G3). Thousand Words managed to give his trainer Bob Baffert his 3,000th victory this year. Thousand Words won the Grade 3 $100,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes by three-quarters of a length.
Past Performances: 1st place in Lost Alamitos Futurity (G2) and Robert Lewis (G3). Thousand Words managed to give his trainer Bob Baffert his 3,000th victory this year. Thousand Words won the Grade 3 $100,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes by three-quarters of a length.
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Past Performances: 3rd place in Arkansas Derby (G1), 7th in Risen Star (G2), 4th in Lecomte (G3).
Past Performances: 3rd place in Arkansas Derby (G1), 7th in Risen Star (G2), 4th in Lecomte (G3).
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Past Performances: 4th place in the Belmont Stakes(G1) in June, 3rd place in the Matt Winn Stakes (G3) in May.
Past Performances: 4th place in the Belmont Stakes(G1) in June, 3rd place in the Matt Winn Stakes (G3) in May.

Kentucky Derby 2020 Predictions 

From what we can see above, Authentic is the favorite. He has just dethroned Ete Indien, trained by Patrick L. Biancone, she just took first place in the Fountain of Youth Stakes (Grade 2), which earned him 52 points on the Road to Kentucky Derby Leaderboard. 

Mr Monomoy, who had earned 50 points, will not be taking part in the Kentucky Derby after all due to an injury. This propels Modernist to second place, while previous strong contender Dennis Moment has been deployed all the way down to 19. 

That doesn’t tell the whole story, however, as Dennis’ Moment missed the start completely under Irad Ortiz and he’ll be seeking to make amends in future contests. Eight Rings shouldn’t be forgotten about either – for as much as he was disappointing at Santa Anita, he ran too badly to be true and should be given another chance. 

Another colt to watch out for is Independence Hall. Trained by Michael J. Trombetta, this horse has yet to be defeated after consecutively winning 4 graded races. Let’s see how he performs in the Sam F. Davis Cup on February 8. 

Kentucky Derby 2019 Recap 

They said following the 2019 Kentucky Derby that it would be a race that would be talked about long after the event, and here we are, recapping the race with a view to assessing the quality of the field. 

For those trying to remember who won the Kentucky Derby back in May, it may not come instantly to mind, for the race was won by 65/1 longshot Country House. That doesn’t tell the whole story, however, as in one of the more bizarre Kentucky Derby results, the race was settled in the stewards’ room, with first past the post Maximum Security disqualified and placed down the field. 

Controversy followed given the way Maximum Security knuckled down to win the race but the rules are there, and the interference certainly occurred when he hung badly turning for home. 

Watch the highlights of the controversial race here:

Kentucky Derby Horses 2019

Looking back on last year’s Kentucky Derby contenders with a view to the form of the race, I think it is reasonable to conclude that it wasn’t a vintage renewal. Horses running in the Kentucky Derby generally go on to better things providing the race doesn’t take too much out of them, but there isn’t a huge amount of future form from the race last year. 

The fortunate winner, Country House, has not been seen since but the 2nd has gone on to rack up four victories at the top level before disappointing in the Breeders Cup Classic over at Santa Anita. Of the rest, Bill Mott’s more fancied runner in the Derby, Tacitus, has continued to frustrate with a number of placed efforts and the Baffert duo of Game Winner and Improbable haven’t managed to set the world alight in subsequent starts. 

The disqualified Maximum Security made amends in the Haskell Stakes, and looks a likely type to keep progressing – most recently winning on his comeback from a break in a Group 3 over at Belmont and it’ll be interesting to see what he does next. 

Kentucky Derby Entries 2019

Here are the horses from the 2019 Kentucky Derby:

FinishHorseTrainer
1.Country HouseMott
2.Code of HonorMcGaughey
3.TacitusMott
4.ImprobableBaffert
5.Game WinnerBaffert
6.Master FencerTsunoda
7.War of WillGargan
8.Plus Que ParfaitWalsh
9.Win Win WinTrombetta
10.Cutting HumorPletcher
11.By My StandardsCalhoun
12.VekomaWeaver
13.BodexpressDelgado
14.TaxGargan
15.RoadsterBaffert
16.Long Range ToddyAsmussen
17.SpinoffPletcher
18.Gray MagicianMiller
DQ:Maximum SecurityServis
 

Improbable

Along with the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes, the Kentucky Derby forms a part of the Triple Crown of thoroughbred racing. There are only 13 horses who have managed to win all three races in the same year. The 13th happened in 2018, Justify, who at the time was the Kentucky Derby favorite.

After Justify’s glory and well-earned retirement, it’s time for a new star to emerge. Justify’s trainer, Bob Baffert, is hoping that the winner will be the horse that has moved into Justify’s old stall, Improbable. He’s already had a few impressive wins and there is the excitement that he will be able to replicate that success and will certainly be up there in the Derby lines.

It’s a horse that Baffert is very impressed with, definitely making him one to watch among the Kentucky Derby entries. But, that’s not the only one of his horses that has a great chance in the KY Derby race.

Game Winner and Mucho Gusto

Game Winner and Mucho Gusto are also great Kentucky Derby horses to look at. Come race day, these horses give Baffert a great chance to have back-to-back winners.

Baffert was actually the last man to achieve that feat in 1997/98 with Silver Charm and Real Quiet respectively. There will be many trainers and jockeys looking to stop him though, with many other great horses likely to be in the race.

War of Will

War of Will is one of the biggest threats and has a great form behind him. His trainer Mark Casse has had a great career but has not yet won a Triple Crown race. Because of this, he will be hoping that this is going to be his year with this great horse. This horse is definitely another that is going to be popular among those participating in Kentucky Derby entries betting.

It will be interesting to see which horses make the cut with only 20 places available. The race is on with the road to the Kentucky Derby predictions changing all the time with a close points system to those around the 20 marks.

Other horses and bets to look out for

Cairo Cat and Complexity are going to miss the race which will open up slots for other horses. A few horses seem set to be in the mix to have the lowest Kentucky Derby odds with Country House, Knicks Go, Signalman and Gunmetal Gray all in with a great chance of winning the race.

The likes of Long Range Toddy, Maximus Mischief and Tax are likely to be a little further down in the Kentucky Derby odds but still likely to put up a good fight. It will be interesting to see which other horses make it to the prestigious event and which ones can spring a surprise among the Kentucky Derby entries.

The Kentucky Derby favorite might have won last year, but there have been many times when the best Kentucky Derby picks have surprised the field. Most notably in 2009, when Mine That Bird won at 51/1. While most races haven’t been won by the favorite of the Kentucky Derby entries, in recent years it has been dominated by them, with five out of the last six winners leading the betting table.

It will be interesting to see which horse becomes Kentucky Derby odds favorite on the morning of the race in the Kentucky Derby betting game. Hopefully, by the end of it, you have a smile on your face, ready to collect your Kentucky Derby payouts.

Kentucky Derby History

In order to maximize your Kentucky Derby knowledge, we should look at the even earlier history of this extremely famous race.

The Kentucky Derby is run on the first Saturday of May at the Churchill Downs racetrack in Louisville. This is the first race that forms a part of that famous Triple Crown along with the Preakness Stakes, that happens on the third Saturday in May, and the Belmont Stakes that happens the Saturday after.

It’s an exciting time in the horse racing season and challenging time for the Kentucky Derby horses involved, with many of them running in the three big events in just four weeks. Being the youngest of the three races, it is the only one that has run continuously since its inception in 1875. Luckily for us in 2020, you don’t have to miss out on the race if you can’t attend in person. You can watch a Kentucky Derby live stream online to stay in on the action!

The Kentucky Derby was originally run over one and a half miles, but that was shortened to its current distance of a mile and a quarter in 1896. Since 1975, the field has been set at 20 horses with eligible horses used in back-up. The race sometimes runs with fewer horses, though, as it did in 2015 when four horses withdrew leaving a total of 18 in the Derby results.

Kentucky Derby Prize
The winning horse in the Kentucky Derby get a wreath of roses, hence the name “Run of the Roses”. Photo by the Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office.

The Triple Crown

This makes it the largest field of the three Triple Crown races as Preakness runs with 14 and Belmont runs with 16. The KY Derby is often rated as the most famous race in the world and is the most prestigious leg of the Triple Crown. Because of this, betting on the Kentucky Derby is one of the biggest traditions in the horse racing season.

The race often attracts over 150,000 fans who come to watch the race as well as bet on the Kentucky Derby. The event usually lasts for around two minutes, giving it an unofficial nickname of The Most Exciting Two Minutes In Sports. It doesn’t take long to see if your Kentucky Derby tips have turned out to be good or bad. The race is nicknamed The Run Of The Roses, on account of the flower that is draped over the winner.

It’s a Grade I stakes race and is only eligible for three-year-old thoroughbreds. This is especially important to keep in mind as a horse is never able to defend the win. Colts and geldings are allowed to carry 126 pounds with fillies carrying 121 pounds, with only three fillies winning the cup in its history.

Kentucky Derby 2020 Online Betting

As with any horse race, the thrill is in trying to pick a winner with your Kentucky Derby betting. The Kentucky Derby odds will always be hotly debated before the big race. Many will be searching for Kentucky Derby predictions to see if they could get one step ahead with some insider information.

Thankfully, there are many great websites that are going to be able to help you with your Kentucky Derby online betting, show you the Kentucky Derby odds, and they should also show you the key information too. This includes weight, more specific age and also the horse’s form to help with your horse racing betting. In addition, many of these sites offer a Kentucky Derby live stream so you can actually watch the race as it happens.

Best horse race betting websites

There are multiple options available for you. There are multiple brands where you can place your bet.

When it comes to horse betting, you will always have those who will simply pick their favorite name out of the horses available. And, you will have those who will study those key statistics to see which horse has the best chance in the pool.

All it takes is a free sign-up to a horse racing site. Then, you will be able to cheer on the horse that you have chosen to bet on. If you’re not one of the 150,000 people in the crowd, it’s one of the best ways to get involved as you cheer on your favorite horse. One of the other best ways is to watch a Kentucky Derby live stream the day off to stay up to date with the action.

Kentucky Derby betting is a tradition for many people who only ever bet on the biggest races of the year. For horse racing fans, the Kentucky Derby season is a highlight in their calendar and a chance to see a horse they’ve followed for a while have a shot at the Derby and start of the road to Triple Crown glory.

Whatever your KY Derby picks, hopefully, you can enjoy the race, either in person or through a Kentucky Derby live stream. Maybe by the time the Preakness Stakes happen two weeks later, you will be able to cheer the same horse onto glory. It is a memorable race and a must-see part of the American sporting calendar.

Kentucky Derby Live Stream 

After you have made your choices on which Kentucky Derby contenders to bet, you will want to watch the race to see if your horse wins. A great way to do this is by finding a reliable Kentucky Derby live stream. Many TV networks will be offering a Kentucky Derby live stream on TV the day of the event. NBC Sports, for instance, has a great Kentucky Derby live stream. If you do not have access to a television, you should be able to find a Kentucky Derby live stream online. NBC Sports offers their Kentucky Derby live stream through their website on race day.

Most news networks usually have a Kentucky Derby live stream on their websites the day of the event. In addition, many of the best horse racing apps and websites offer live streams of the biggest horse races, but you should double-check closer to the race to see if your favorite sites are offering Kentucky Derby live streams.

Now that you know all about the Kentucky Derby Horses and can watch the race on a Kentucky Derby live stream, you should be ready to go and place your bets.

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