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horse racing kentucky derby2020 Kentucky Derby Contenders

Updated: 1/06/2020

Here my first look at the list of top contenders for the 2020 Kentucky Derby to be run on May 2nd at Churchill Downs. Most of the points-scoring races have yet to be run, so the field is wide open at this point.

Entries for the Kentucky Derby will close and post positions will be drawn on Tuesday April 28.

Below is a list of top contenders with their trainer, jockey, and dosage index. The Experimental Free Handicap was discontinued this year, so there are no more dual qualifiers. Each horse names links to a profile with lots of info and a photo. Jockey assignments are based on who has been riding each horse and will change as jockeys make commitments now. The early Triple Crown nominations, which cost $600, closed in January with 369 horses, and only 4 late nominations, which cost $6000, were made on April 1. That was the last chance to be eligible without a high supplement fee, but with rule changes a couple of years ago. late supplements will have the same priority as the nominees if anyone wants to pay the $200,000 fee.  

Kentucky Derby Poll
Who will win the 2020 Kentucky Derby?

Anneau d'Or
Dennis' Moment
Eight Rings
Independence Hall
Silver Prospector
Storm the Court
Thousand Words
Tiz the Law

 Blaine D. Wright3.67Juan Hernandez 
 Bob Baffert3.67Drayden Van Dyke 
 Dale Romans3.00Irad Ortiz Jr. 
 Bob Baffert4.78John Velazquez 
 Mike Trombetta6.33Jose Ortiz 
 Brendan Walsh2.20Jose Ortiz 
 Steve AsmusseninfinityRicardo Santanna Jr. 
 Jeremiah O'Dwyer3.50Luis Saez 
 Steve Asmussen3.50Ricardo Santanna Jr. 
 Peter Eurton3.00Flavien Prat 
 Bob Baffert5.00Flavien Prat 
 Barclay Tagg4.33Manuel Franco 

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