Kentucky Derby 2020:The Kentucky Derby 2020 Start time(02:30)will be the 146th Kentucky Derby Live. The race is one of the three legs of the American Triple Crown, open to three-year-old Thoroughbreds.
The 2020 Kentucky Derby is finally here. After being postponed for four months, just the second time in the Derby’s long history that it was moved off its traditional date of the first Saturday in May, the 146th edition of the Run for the Roses will finally take place at Churchill Downs this evening. Although there will not be any fans in attendance—organizers originally wanted to allow 23,000 (vastly reduced from the 150,000 or so that traditionally attend) through the gates, but rising COVID-19 cases in the Louisville area caused those plans to be scrapped—there is still plenty of excitement surrounding this event as heavy favorite Tiz the Law seeks to capture the second jewel of the Triple Crown.
Tiz the Law has not been beaten since the calendar flipped to 2020 and it is hard to envision that streak coming to an end today. Art Collector was thought to be one of the more serious threats to his Triple Crown hopes, but the horse had to drop out earlier in the week due to a minor foot injury. With two more contenders also getting scratched just a day before the event start time—both Finnick the Fierce and King Guillermo are now out—the field is down to 16 horses, the fewest number of Kentucky Derby entrants in 17 years. Tiz the Law, coming out of the No. 17 stall, is 3-5 on the morning line to end up in the winner’s circle at Churchill Downs tonight, making him the heaviest favorite the Kentucky Derby has seen in 28 years. That line puts the colt well ahead of the two horses flanking him from the No. 16 and No. 18 posts, respectively, in Honor A.P., who has the second-best odds to win at 5-1, and Authentic, the consensus choice to show at 8-1.
You can find everything you need to know about today’s thrilling Triple Crown race below, including the full Kentucky Derby 2020 schedule, post time, TV channel, live stream site, draw results, entries, odds for the field, prize purse and much more.
The 146th running of the Kentucky Derby will occur on Saturday, September 5. Post time is scheduled for approximately 7:02 p.m. ET.
Kentucky Derby TV Channel and Live Stream
The Kentucky Derby, as with all the 2020 Triple Crown horse races, will be televised by NBC. Coverage from Churchill Downs in Louisville, KY begins at 2:30 p.m. ET and runs until after the main event concludes. All the action can be live streamed by visiting NBCSports.com or using the NBC Sports app.
2020 Kentucky Derby Distance
The Kentucky Derby will be run at its traditional 10-furlong distance, which equates to 1 and 1/4th of a mile. This is a slightly longer race than the Belmont Stakes, which was reduced to nine furlongs this year instead of its usual 12-furlong distance due to an abbreviated training and preparation schedule in wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
Kentucky Derby Purse
There will be $3 million up for grabs during the 2020 Kentucky Derby, with $1.86 million of that earmarked for the victor. The runner-up will receive $600,000, while third-place will earn $300,000. This is the same amount that was awarded to last year’s top finishers at the Kentucky Derby and a significant amount more than the $1 million in total prizes awarded at the 2020 Belmont Stakes.
2020 Kentucky Derby Favorite: Tiz The Law (3-5)
This will be the eighth start for Tiz The Law and he’ll be going for his seventh total win since beginning his illustrious career. The Barclay Tagg-trained horse is the largest favorite the Kentucky Derby has seen in decades and it is hardly a surprise as to why. The bay colt, with jockey Manny Franco aboard, has been unstoppable at some of the biggest races so far, making a statement on the shortened track at the Belmont Stakes to nab the first jewel of this year’s unique Triple Crown, while also claiming a trio of other Grade 1 race victories at the Champagne Stakes, Florida Derby and Travers. The latter was an especially impressive victory, as Tiz the Law won by nearly six lengths at a Travers Stakes—at an eye-popping 115 Brisnet Speed rating—race that is run at the same 10-furlong distance as today’s marquee event.
Tiz the Law has been far and away the most dominant three-year old this season, but he will be tackling a host of new challengers at Churchill Downs this evening. The 16-horse field is the smallest in 17 years, but the field still has plenty of competitors that can make compelling cases to usurp Tiz the Law at the 2020 Kentucky Derby. Honor A.P. is considered the most dangerous challenger, with trainer John Shirreffs and jockey Mike Smith no strangers to pulling an upset at the Run for the Roses, famously teaming up to win the 2005 Kentucky Derby with Giacomo, a 50-1 long shot. Honor A.P. has far better odds than Giacomo ever did to win this race at 5-1, while Authentic is not far behind at 8-1. Still, these horses will their work cut out trying to beat out Tiz the Law for the second jewel of the Triple Crown, as no entrant has been a heavier favorite than him since the 1992 Derby. All signs point to Tiz the Law dominating the field, but stranger things have happened at the Run for the Roses. Don’t sleep on some of these long shots as they look to make a name for themselves at Churchill Downs tonight.
Kentucky Derby Prop Bets
What will winning jockey be doing when he crosses finish line?
Number of Words in Winning Horse’s Name?
Will a Bob Baffert Trained Horse Win the Kentucky Derby?
Will everyone on the podium be wearing a mask?
Will Secretariat’s Record be tied or broken?
Will There be an Inquiry in the 2020 Kentucky Derby?
Will Winner Go Wire-to-Wire in the Kentucky Derby?
Winning Horse Name 1st Letter?
N through Z (-220)
A through M (+155)
Winning Margin of Victory in the Kentucky Derby?
Over 1.5 Lengths (-165)
Under 1.5 Lengths (+135)
Winning Race Time in the Kentucky Derby?
Under 2:03 (-160)
Over 2:03 (+120)