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Road To Kentucky Derby 2020

Road To Kentucky Derby 2020

The Triple Crown started with no surprises at Belmont Stakes when Tiz The Law made a statement by winning this year's first Triple Crown Jewel.

Here's everything you need to know about the 2020 Kentucky Derby odds and contenders:

When and where?

The next stop is the mythical Kentucky Derby, but it's still a little far on the schedule as jockeys and three-year-old horses will have to wait until September 5 to race the second jewel.

The best thoroughbreds will await eagerly to go at it on Churchill Downs to add the most famous horse racing trophy in the globe.

Who can win the Triple Crown?

To win the Triple Crown, a horse must win the three jewels, meaning that only Tiz The Law can win the Triple Crown this year, as the pony won at Belmont.

The other Equus will want to spoil Tiz The Law's party and win at the Derby to secure a huge payday.

What's the prize?

As of last year, the Kentucky Derby awarded $1.86 million to the winner, $600 thousand to the second place, $300 thousand for the third, $150 thousand to the fourth, and $90 thousand to the fifth place. The winning jockey received around 10% of the earnings.

How long is the Kentucky Derby?

The Fastest Two Minutes in Sports is a race of 1 1/4 miles or 10 furlongs run in the dirt track of Churchill Downs.

Who has the Kentucky Derby record?

The fastest horse to ever run in the Kentucky Derby is none other than the 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat. The colt ran the one and one-quarter miles in an astounding 1:59:40, breaking the two-minute mark and setting both the Derby and the track record. Tiz The Law ran Belmont Stakes at a 1:46:53, so the push for a new record is also on the map.

How are the odds shaping for the Kentucky Derby?

As you'd imagine, Belmont Stakes winner Tiz The Law is the early favorite for the Kentucky Derby with a +350 odds on its name. Following the Stakes winner, Honor A.P is +500, Authentic +800, and Dr. Post is at +1500.

Will there be any spectators?

No, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the only people allowed at the track are jockeys, and stables for the horses. No fans are permitted, as it will propel the risk of someone being infected with the coronavirus.

What does this Kentucky Derby represent in 2020?

This year will be the 146th edition of the Kentucky Derby, but for the first time, the Derby will be the Second Jewel in the Triple Crown. Therefore, should Tiz The Law win, it will be all for grabs at the Preakness Stakes to see if there is a Triple Crown winner in this unusual 2020 season.

How do you qualify for the Kentucky Derby?

The Kentucky Derby has a qualifying stage consisting of races known as The Road to Kentucky Derby. Ten tracks are left for three-year-olds to try and secure their spot at Churchill Downs. Eight of the ten races are held in the USA, one in Europe and one in Japan.

To qualify, you have to earn points. The position in the races earns these points, and, depending on the track, the points quantity change.

How does the point system work?

The races give points to the first four horses. Usually, these go in crescendo as the Derby nears, but since this year it changed drastically, this system is no longer.

The points system began in 2013. Races can give from ten points to the winner, all the way up to 100 points for the victor.

Since 2013, all but one horse has won the Derby with at least 100 prep points, the only exception being Country House in 2019, who won because Maximum Security was disqualified. The latter had 100 prep races and would have continued the trend. This stat can come very handy when preparing your Kentucky Derby bets.

The Kentucky Derby winner is locked in glory and forever into the history books. The race to win it starts from the preps, until the Churchill Downs showdown.