It’s time to get out those fancy hats and pour a Mint Julep as the running of the the 146th Kentucky Derby will take place this Saturday at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. Post time Saturday is 7:01 PM ET.
The Kentucky Derby, typically the first leg of the annual Triple Crown races, was postponed from it’s traditional first Saturday in May slot, to September to due COVID-19. Coverage of the event on NBC will begin at 2:30 PM ET.
Stakes in the Game
In June, 3-year-old Thoroughbred “‘Tiz the Law” won the Belmont Stakes. The Belmont Stakes is traditionally the last leg of the Triple Crown. He became the first New York bred horse to win the Belmont Stakes in 138 years. ‘Tiz the Law drew Lane 17 in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby.
Who to look out for
Belmont Stake winner ‘Tiz the Law enters the race a heavy betting favorite (-160). That means, to win $100, you would need to place a bet of $160.
Trainer Bob Baffert, who has bred five previous Kentucky Derby winners, will have two horses in this year’s race. Authentic, who will run from Lane 18, is +850 to win, meaning a bet of $100 wins $850. Baffert’s other horse, Thousand Words, is +1800 to win, but is only in the field due to recent success.
Those looking for a sentimental favorite will be rooting for Finnick in the Fierce. Finnick is currently +6600 to win and will run the race in Lane 1. He also only has one eye, after losing his right one early in life do to cataracts.