The Kentucky Derby will now be staged on September 5 at Churchill Downs. This year, the race is set to be the middle leg of the coveted Triple Crown, one month before the Preakness Stakes.
To help with your picks and your Kentucky Derby online betting, we take you through the best trainers out there along with a few hints on how to go about betting the fastest two minutes in sports.
Kentucky Derby Trainers & Horses 2020
Things will change between now and post time on September 5 for sure. But right now, these are the main contenders for the 146th running along with their esteemed Kentucky Derby trainers.
- Authentic (Bob Baffert)
- Cezanne (Bob Baffert)
- Dr Post (Todd Pletcher)
- Honor A.P. (John Shirreffs)
- King Guillermo (Juan Carlos Avila)
- Maxfield (Brendan Walsh)
- Mischevious Alex (John Servis)
- Sole Volante (Patrick Biancone)
- Tiz The Law (Barclay Tagg)
About the Kentucky Derby Trainers 2020
Whether their reputations have been gained in the past or right now in 2020, these are the trainers lighting up the futures market with their Kentucky Derby horses.
After injuries to Nadal and Charlatan, it seemed the man who is no.1 among living Kentucky Derby trainers was in trouble. With Authentic and Cezanne still fighting for him though, Baffert remains in the hunt.
The Florida-based great could be in the game with his colt Modernist, a Risen Star winner in February.
Cox has won this race before despite not being considered one of the best Kentucky Derby trainers. However, he may be relying on a long shot this year.
Trainer of live outsiders Basin and Pneumatic, Steve Asmussen can further enhance his reputation in the Derby. Asmussen has three Triple Crown race wins, but no Derby as yet despite being one of the best horse trainers around.
The Texan Eclipse Award winner is in an enviable position this year. Pletcher has three contenders in Dr Post, Farmington Road and Gouverneur Morris as he looks to climb the Kentucky Derby trainers leaderboard.
After winning the Holy Bull and the Florida Derby, Tagg’s Tiz The Law has been favored for the 2020 Kentucky Derby. Tagg is more than capable, but this would be a huge career high.
Walsh is not known among the very top trainers in the States, but Sheikh Mohammed sure trusts the Irishman who trains leading contender Maxfield. The delayed 2020 Derby is in this horse’s favor after an injury last year.
Kentucky Derby Trainers with the Most Wins
Some of the absolute greats of racing have been responsible for training winners of this race. These handlers are among the best Kentucky Derby trainers of all time.
With six Kentucky Derby winners between 1938 and 1952, Ben Jones is the most successful trainer in the race ever. Jones’ winners include Whirlaway, the fifth Triple Crown champion back in 1941.
A modern great, Bob Baffert is responsible for five Derby wins in total as well as for the last two Triple Crown heroes; American Pharoah (2015) and Justify (2018). Baffert’s first win came via Silver Charm in 1997 and he has regularly trained the starting favorite.
D. Wayne Lukas
Between 1988 and 1999 Hall of Fame inductee D.Wayne Lukas won The Run for the Roses four times. His back-to-back Kentucky Derby winners in ’95 and ’96 with Thunder Gulch and Grindstone are a career highlight.
Herbert J. Thompson
In a glorious twelve-year period between 1921 and 1933, Herbert J. Thompson landed the Derby four times. The fastest of them was 1926 winner Bubbling Over.
In winning the Derby three times, Jim Fitzsimmons also achieved two of the 13 all-time Triple Crown successes. His Gallant Fox (1930) and Omaha (1935) were the second and third ever winners of the series.
One of two Derby wins for Laurin, Secretariat’s victory in 1973 is the quickest ever recorded and one of only two to break the two-minute barrier. Secretariat is considered the best ever in this race and went on to win the Triple Crown.
Choosing the Kentucky Derby Winner
Kentucky Derby horse trainers are hugely influential in determining which animals are favored for the race – and which ones win it.
Those horse trainers present with us a bit of a ‘chicken and egg’ scenario. Are they simply brilliant at what they do, or are they sent the best horses because of their reputation? Either way for bettors, the result is the same.
The best horse trainers, more often than not, train the best horses and so they are a great place to start when deciding which horse to bet in the Derby.
However, just because a horse isn’t trained by one of the top names in the business it doesn’t mean they can’t win. Checking out the bare form of a horse going into the Kentucky Derby as well as its breeding can be hugely important. If a contender’s sire did well in the Derby, your horse may too.