2020 Kentucky Derby Review

Published by Lucky Dog under Horse Racing.

The 2020 Kentucky Derby was held on September 5th this year instead of May 2nd because of the pandemic. Only 15 horses made it to the race and no spectators were allowed at Churchill Downs. Tiz The Law, trained by Barclay Tagg, was the overwhelming favorite to win. I placed only two wagers on the race. A trifecta and a superfecta. Both included Tiz The Law, who finished second. I had Thousand Words, trained by Bob Baffert in both bets, along with Honor A.P. ridden by Mike Smith. Before the race, they showed Thousand Words on his back in the paddock. I guess he had reared up and fell over. I knew this horse would be scratched, so I quickly cancelled my bets and put in new wagers. I hate re-doing wagers at the last minute because it rarely works out in my favor. My mistake on this race was dismissing Authentic, the other Baffert horse. Outside horses have to get out of the gate quickly, to have a chance in a big field. But with only 15 horses, it wasn’t that big of a problem for Authentic, who was ridden by a great jockey (John Velazquez). I wouldn’t have won anyway, because I didn’t include Mr. Big News in my wagers. The final result was: Authentic, Tiz The Law, Mr. Big News, and Honor A.P. to complete the superfecta. The 50 cent trifecta paid $655.90 and the 10 cent super paid $792.58. In races like this it always pays to bet against the favorite.

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