Kentucky Derby 2020: The 2020 Kentucky Derby will be the 146th Kentucky Derby. The race is one of the three legs of the American Triple Crown, open to three-year-old Thoroughbreds. Kentucky Derby Pegasus. Monmouth Park. Aug 15, 2020. Ellis Park Derby. Ellis Park.
This year’s Kentucky Derby will look a lot different than in year’s past. Some of the differences will be immediately noticeable, while others are not so obvious. Here’s a breakdown of why the 2020 Kentucky Derby will be one of a kind.
Anyone watching the race on Saturday will notice no fans in the stands for the event. Early in August, Churchill Downs announced they planned to welcome in 14% of its 2015 record attendance to the event, which is around 23,000 people, but that soon changed.
A few weeks later, they reversed their decision, and will no have fans at the track due to safety and health reasons and the coronavirus pandemic.
Usually, the Kentucky Derby is the first Saturday in May, which would have been May 2 this year. The date was pushed back due to the pandemic. The pandemic also caused some horses and jockeys to stay home. Last year’s Derby winner Flavien Prat
is one not making the trip. Jose Ortiz and Irad Ortiz Jr. will not be competing either.
Which horse wins the Kentucky Derby, and which double-digit long shot is a must-back? Visit SportsLine to see Jody Demling’s picks, all from the expert who’s nailed six straight races.
The Triple Crown implications
One of the major changes is the Kentucky Derby’s place in the Triple Crown order.
Normally, the Kentucky Derby kicks off the trio of races, but this year it will run second in the order. The Belmont Stakes was run first this year, on June 20 and won by Tiz The Law, and the Preakness Stakes will follow on Oct. 3.
For the fourth year in a row, America’s Best Racing is challenging some of the brightest minds in horse betting to come up with their top three picks for key races every weekend leading up to the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. The handicappers face off in what we like to call “Big-Race Showdown.”
weekend TV schedule
Friday, Sept.4: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. ET on FS2; 3-6 p.m. ET on NBCSN; post time varies on TVG
Saturday, Sept. 5: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. ET on FS1; 2-4 p.m. ET on FS2; 2:30-7:30 p.m. ET on NBC; 4-6:30 p.m. ET on FS1; post time varies on TVG
Sunday, Sept. 6: 12:30-6:30 p.m. ET on FS2; post time varies on TVG
Monday, Sept. 7: 12:30-6:30 p.m. ET on FS2; post time varies on TVG
The players’ picks will be posted here and a running bankroll will be kept to track their success all year long. Bankrolls will be tabulated on the basis of $2 exacta and $2 trifecta box bets of each player’s top three selections. We will also be keeping track of which player correctly selects the most winners.
Your players for the second half of the 2020 season are Ashley Mailloux (Paddock Analyst, Fort Erie), Mike McCormick (PokerFuse), Nicolle Neulist (Arlington Park), Roberto Rodriguez (ElPotroRoberto.com), Mike Somich (RacingDudes.com), Kenny Schmitt (FBWinners.com), ABR’s Dan Tordjman, TV analyst Darwin Vizcaya, and Horse Racing Nation Senior Writer Brian Zipse.
Our featured race this week is the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve as Belmont Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets and Runhappy Travers Stakes winner Tiz the Law continues an unconventional Triple Crown bid during a racing season that was scrambled by the COVID-19 pandemic.
On Saturday, Sept. 5, NBC will air five hours of coverage from Churchill Downs including six other stakes races and culminating with the 146th run for the roses. The broadcast runs from 2:30-7:30 p.m. ET and will be hosted remotely by Mike Tirico, with analysis from Randy Moss and Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey and handicapping insight from Eddie Olczyk. Reporters Donna Brothers, Britney Eurton, Laffit Pincay III and Kenny Rice will be on-site at Churchill Downs along with race caller Larry Collmus. NBC Sports’ Rutledge Wood will host a virtual watch party from his home.