Authentic Wins 2020 Kentucky Derby
Tiz the Law entered this year’s Kentucky Derby as the huge betting favorite, but it was Authentic that came away with the win on Saturday.
Authentic took the lead early on in the race and finished with a victory by 1 1/4 lengths.
The 146th running of the Kentucky Derby was forced to be postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and it was actually the second leg of the Triple Crown this year. Tiz the Law won the Belmont Stakes in June but was unable to keep the Triple Crown hopes alive.
Authentic is trained by Bob Baffert, who has seen plenty of recent success in the Kentucky Derby. John Velazquez was the jockey on top of Authentic, giving Baffert his sixth all-time Kentucky Derby victory.
Authentic finished the race in a time of 2:00.61, which is the seventh-fastest time in Kentucky Derby history. There are usually plenty of lead changes in this iconic race, but Authentic refused to let other horses have a chance on Saturday.
Tiz the Law began the race as 3-5 Derby favorites, which marked the biggest favorite in 31 years. Tiz the Law had dominated each race that the horse was entered in this season, and this was viewed as a stunning defeat.
“This never gets old.”
— Kentucky Derby (@KentuckyDerby) September 6, 2020
Typically, the Kentucky Derby winner is automatically slated to run at the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore, but Baffert has not yet announced plans for Authentic. With the Triple Crown out of the question, the horse could wait until the Breeders Cup Classic later this year.
Derby Sees Huge Betting Decline
Betting on the Kentucky Derby was down almost 50 percent from a year ago, and there were several factors that led to his decline. For one, fans were not allowed to attend the races this weekend, which typically brings in a ton of betting handle.
Also, the race is normally run on the first weekend of May, but the delay took away some of the hype and intrigue. There were also just 15 horses in the field for the 146th Kentucky Derby, and that took away some betting options.
Churchill Downs had expected a drop in betting handle this year, but no one anticipated that the numbers would fall this low.
Shedaresthedevil Wins Kentucky Oaks
The Kentucky Oaks race also saw a huge upset, as Shedaresthedevil stunned the rest of the field and won by 1 1/2 lengths. Shedaresthedevil was a 15-1 longshot entering the race, but the horse ended up holding off Swiss Skydiver for an impressive victory.
Gamine was the even-money favorite at the 146th running of the Kentucky Oaks, but it was Shedaresthedevil that etched her place in history at this race. The final time was 1:48.28, which broke the previous record set by Bird Town in 2003.
Gamine had won all four of its previous starts and had won those races by a combined 25 lengths. It was assumed that Gamine would run away from the rest of the pack at the Kentucky Oaks, but Shedaresthedevil had other plans.
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