Kentucky Derby Trainers

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To help with your picks and your Kentucky Derby online betting, we take you through the best Kentucky Derby trainers out there along with a few hints on how to go about betting the fastest two minutes in sports. Not only is a trainer’s job to determine which horse has potential, it is also to find the approach and technique to transform them into a winner.

The Kentucky Derby will take place on May 1 at Churchill Downs.

Kentucky Derby Trainers & Horses 2020

Things will change between now and post time on September 5 for sure. As of recently, Max Player changed trainers, going from Linda Rice to Steve Asmussen.

But right now, these are the main contenders for the 146th running along with their esteemed Kentucky Derby trainers.

  • Tiz The Law (Barclay Tagg)
  • Authentic (Bob Baffert)
  • Art Collector (Thomas Drury Jr)
  • Honor A. (John Shirreffs)
  • Ny Traffic (Saffie A. Joseph Jr)

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.

Bob Baffert

After injuries to Nadal and Charlatan, it seemed the man who is no.1 among living Kentucky Derby trainers was in trouble. However, Authentic brought him his 6th Kentucky Derby win, leaving favorite Tiz the Law in second place.

Bill Mott

The Florida-based great could be in the game with his colt Modernist, a Risen Star winner in February.

Brad Cox

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.

Steve Asmussen

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.

Todd Pletcher

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.

Barclay Tagg

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.

Brendan Walsh

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.

Ben Jones

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.

Bob Baffert

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.

Jim Fitzsimmons

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.

Lucien Laurin

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. The jockeys also play an important role in the way a horse performs in a race.

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.

Have a look at previous years’ Kentucky Derby Results to see what else could influence a horse to win the Run for the Roses.