2020 Kentucky Derby Contenders: Who's the Best Pick?

Due to the health risk that the Coronavirus pandemic poses, the 146th Kentucky Derby was postponed in March. Hence, instead of May 2, this year’s Run for the Roses will push through on the first Saturday of September at Louisville, Kentucky USA.

The announcement of the new schedule for this big event brought back the excitement of horse racing fans and enthusiasts to pick the best colt and place their bets. With 20 horses running at the Churchill Downs, the following horses are the top contenders who might have what it takes to be this year’s Kentucky Derby champ.

Tiz the Law

The top 1 of 2020 Kentucky Derby leaderboard with 320 points, Tiz the Law once again showed outstanding performance during the 2020 Runhappy Travers Stakes (Grade I). He defeated the hopeful contenders who ran at Saratoga Race Course for this event and became the “Midsummer Derby” champion, running a distance of 1¼ Miles.

Prior to this success, Tiz also finished first during Belmont Stakes on June 20, 2020, and Curlin Florida Derby on March 28, 2020. On top of that, his victory on the Holy Bull Stakes last February 1 and 2019 Champagne Stakes made him the early favourite for this year’s run for the roses.

With all his winning races, there’s no doubt why this Sackatoga Stable-owned colt, trained by Barclay Tagg, is one of the racehorses to watch out for on the first Saturday of September at Churchill Downs.

Authentic

Conditioned by the famous Bob Baffert, Authentic won the 53rd Haskell Stakes (Grade I) at Monmouth Park on July 18, 2020. Along with this, his victories on San Felipe Stakes and Sham Stakes earlier this year made him climb up the second-highest spot of today’s Kentucky Derby point standings.

Baffert believes that the high-class speed of Authentic, with serious preparations and training, will lead him to win the 146th run for the roses on September 5. With that, horse racing fans and experts also look forward to seeing this colt finish first towards the end line at the Churchill Downs racecourse.

Art Collector

Having a total of 150 qualifying points and $476,461 non-restricted stake earnings, Art Collector is among the most outstanding Kentucky Derby horses for 2020. Under the watchful eye of the famous trainer Thomas Drury Jr, this skilled colt won the Runhappy Ellis Park Derby on August 9 and Blue Grass Stakes on July 11.

On top of these races, Art Collector also finished first during the three Allowance Optional Claiming at Churchill Downs. With his excellent career record of 8-4-1-0, this Bruce Lunsford’s racehorse has emerged as one of the top picks for the upcoming 146th Kentucky Derby.

Honor A.P.

Honor A.P., the Dark Bay-colored colt of CRK Stable, is one of the hottest picks for this year’s Derby. He earned a total of 140 qualifying points with $340,000 non-restricted stakes earnings out of his winning races.

Under the attentive eye of American Thoroughbred racehorse conditioner, John A. Sheriffs, Honor A.P. won the Runhappy Santa Anita Derby held at Santa Anita Park on June 6. Besides that, he also got the second place title during the Shared Belief Stakes at Del Mar on August 1 and San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita Park last March 7, 2020.

The outstanding performances shown by this three-year-old colt during the Kentucky Derby prep races made him one of the favourites to bet on the 146th Run for the Roses. With his jockey, Mike Smith, does Honor A.P. have what it takes to be the 2020 Kentucky Derby champ? We’ll soon find out.

Thousand Words

Another Bob Baffert-trained colt, Thousand Words joined the Derby trail with his victory during the Grade II Los Alamitos Futurity at Los Alamitos Racecourse on December 7, 2019. Almost two months later, he won the Robert B. Lewis Stakes at Santa Anita Park with a distance of 1 1/16 Miles on February 1, 2020.

Moreover, last August 1, 2020, Thousand Words showed his high-class speed during the Shared Belief Stakes at Del Mar, leading him to finish first and win the race. As of writing, this outstanding colt has a total of 83 qualifying points with $297,000 non-restricted stakes earnings, taking the seventh place of the Kentucky Derby leaderboard.

Takeaway

Although the coronavirus outbreak has affected the sports industry big time, that doesn’t stop the Kentucky Derby hopefuls to make their preparations towards the 2020 run for the roses.

With their winning races, excellent records, and current standings, the contenders mentioned above are just some of the racehorses to watch out for on the big day at Churchill Downs. Thus, if you haven’t placed your bets yet for the 146th Kentucky Derby on September 5, picking the colts above can be the best choice you’ll make to win a wager.