The 2020 Kentucky Derby was moved from the first Saturday in May to the first Saturday in September as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. When the 2020 Kentucky Derby horses go to post at 7:01 p.m. ET at Churchill Downs on Sept. 5, there will be no fans in attendance as we continue to practice social distancing.
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The lack of noise will certainly change the look of the 146th Run for the Roses, but the 2020 Kentucky Derby lineup will still travel the usual 1 1/4 miles. Meanwhile, the 2020 Road to the Kentucky Derby has been an unusual one, with horses accumulating points into August.
Legendary trainer Bob Baffert is likely to have two entrants in the Kentucky Derby 2020 field, with Thousand Words (12-1) coming off an upset win over Honor A.P. (7-1) at the Shared Belief Stakes and Authentic (10-1) entering his first Triple Crown race as a three-time graded stakes winner. However, Belmont Stakes winner Tiz the Law is the 4-5 favorite in the 2020 Kentucky Derby odds from William Hill after a dominant tuneup performance in the Travers Stakes. Before making any horse racing predictions, you’ll want to see the latest 2020 Kentucky Derby picks from SportsLine’s Jody Demling.
A fixture in the horse racing world who has been writing about, talking about and betting on races for years, Demling enters the 2020 Kentucky Derby on a major heater on his horse racing picks. He has the picked the winner in six straight races: the Saudi Cup, Gotham Stakes, Rebel Stakes, Louisiana Derby, Florida Derby and Belmont Stakes. At the Belmont, the first Triple Crown race of 2020, Demling called Tiz the Law the class of the field and he pulled away for a convincing victory.
This is the same handicapper who hit the Oaks-Derby double at Churchill Downs nine times in the last 11 years. That means he held a ticket with the winners of both the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby all but twice in his last 11 tries. Anyone who has followed him is way up.