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Kentucky Derby Odds, Picks & 2020 Handicapping Guide To Race

Chet Fussman for Bookies.com

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It’s hard for any horse to win the Kentucky Derby. Looking at the morning-line odds for the 146th Run for the Roses, it might be hard for Tiz to Law to lose it.

At 3-5, Tiz the Law is one of the most prohibitive favorites in Kentucky Derby betting history. With the race four months later than usual, he’s also the most accomplished, having already won the Belmont Stakes and Travers Stakes, races normally run after the derby.

Just three horses are less than double-digit odds on the morning line and that trio will start from the three outside posts. To their inside are a parade a long shots who are likely to spice up winning trifecta and superfecta tickets. Finnick the Fierce was scratched on Friday but the No. 1 gate that he drew will be left vacant. Program numbers remained unchanged, a Derby news release said.

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Kentucky Derby 2020 Odds

PP HorseJockeyMorning Line
2. Max Player R. Santana 30-1
3. Enforceable A. Beschizza 30-1
4. Storm the Court J. Leparoux 50-1
5. Major Fed J. Graham 50-1
6. King Guillermo S. Camacho 20-1
7. Money Moves J. Castellano 30-1
8. South Bend T. Gaffalione 50-1
9. Mr. Big News G. Saez 50-1
10. Thousand Words F. Geroux 15-1
11. Necker Island M. Mena 50-1
12. Sole Volante L. Panici 30-1
13. Attachment Rate J. Talamo 50-1
14. Winning Impression J. Rocco Jr.50-1
15. Ny Traffic P. Lopez 20-1
16. Honor A.P. M. Smith 5-1
17. Tiz the Law M. Franco 3-5
18. Authentic J. Velazquez 8-1

Horse racing odds listed are morning line odds and subject to change

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Who Will Win the 2020 Kentucky Derby?

It’s hard to go against Tiz the Law, who has romped in all four of his races in 2020. But in a chaotic, unconventional year, it’s worth taking a chance on Honor A.P. The lightly raced colt comes off a disappointing second to Thousand Words in his last race, but his previous start was a powerful win in the Santa Anita Derby.

Any improvement from that performance gives Honor A.P. serious upset potential. Throw in the derby-winning connections of trainer John Shirreffs and jockey Mike Smith, and Honor A.P., who will likely be running midpack early, makes sense at odds of 5-1 or higher.

Tiz the Law is the deserving favorite and has already won at the Kentucky Derby distance. But his backers will have to accept one of the shortest prices in derby history. The last two less-than-even-money derby favorites, Arazi (4-5) in 1992 and the entry of Easy Goer and Awe Inspiring (4-5) in 1989, failed to get the job done.

Spectacular Bid (3-5) was the last to successfully do it in 1979. Tiz the Law might be the next, but it’s a question of value and a handful of others in the race have speed figures that at least make this race competitive.

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Throw out his last race and Solo Volante is not a hopeless longshot. Trainer Patrick Biancone acknowledges he made a mistake running the horse back on just 10 days rest and finishing a well-beaten sixth in the Belmont Stakes. With four wins in his previous six starts, a freshened Solo Volante can pick up some pieces late and be a factor in the Derby exotics, and possibly more, at big odds.

Of the others that horse racing bettors should consider, Ny Traffic can be a factor if he wants the distance. … Attachment Rate has only one lifetime win, but shows steady improvement and may be rallying late. … King Guillermo may be fast enough, but a four-month layoff heading into the Derby seems less than ideal. … Authentic will likely set the pace and take them as far as he can.

Kentucky Derby 2020 FAQ

Can you bet on the Kentucky Derby online?

Yes, in more than two dozen states, and thank goodness since no fans are allowed inside Churchill Downs this year. Online wagering is available on most advance deposit wagering platforms such as TwinSpires, TVG, NYRA Bets and Xpressbet.

Where can I bet on the Kentucky Derby?

In addition to the various online platforms, at any pari-mutuel facility across the country that offers simulcast racing, off-track betting parlors, and card rooms that offer simulcast horse wagering.

Who is the 2020 Kentucky Derby favorite?

Tiz the Law is the 3-5 morning-line favorite.

When is the 2020 Kentucky Derby?

Saturday, Sept. 5. Post time is 7:01 p.m.

Where can I watch the 2020 Kentucky Derby?

The race will be broadcast live on NBC and available to stream on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app. On radio, the race can be heard on Horse Racing Radio Network.

About the Author

Chet Fussman for Bookies.com
Chet Fussman
Chet Fussman, a former horse racing writer and longtime sports editor of the Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville, is a poker and blackjack player and frequent sports bettor.