Smart betting: 7 Kentucky Derby contenders to watch out for in 2020

The long wait is almost over. In less than a hundred days, horse racing fans and punters will witness two of the most exciting minutes in sport as the 146th Kentucky Derby will take place on the first Saturday of May at Churchill Downs.

Undeniably, many are now starting to place their bets on one of the top Kentucky Derby contenders listed on the leaderboards. Concerning this, here are seven of the top hopefuls in contention for the 2020 Kentucky Derby that you should watch out for:

Storm the Court

An American thoroughbred racehorse and the 2019 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner, Storm the Court is leading the rankings (as of writing) with 22 qualifying points towards the big race on the first Saturday of May.

Storm the Court competed in the Grade-1 2019 Del Mar Futurity, where he was not able to finish the race due to his collision with another contender, Eight Rings. On Sept. 27, 2019, he tried his luck again and joined the American Pharoah Stakes (G1) 2019 and placed third behind Eight Rings, who won the race.

But on Nov. 1, 2019, at 45:1 odds, Storm the Court defeated his close rival Eight Rings and won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile 2019. Due to his victory, he earned consideration in the 2020 Road to the Kentucky Derby.

Anneau d’Or

Anneau d’Or is a Breeders' Cup Juvenile runner-up who fought Storm the Court to a head loss back on Nov. 1 held at Santa Anita Park. Through this, he earned eight qualifying points towards the big race on the first Saturday of May at Churchill Downs.

Whilst Anneau d’Or wasn’t ranked higher because of his past performances during the Juvenile and Los Alamitos Futurity in 2019, he still managed to come in first place during his debut, breezing five furlongs in a 1:00 4⁄5 at Golden Gate Fields.

Tiz the Law

One of the top hopefuls in contention for the upcoming 2020 Kentucky Derby is the New York-bred Tiz the Law. He won the 2019 Champagne Stakes (G1), breezing half a mile in 50.40 seconds in his first appearance since finishing third in the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (G2) back on Nov. 30.

Tiz the Law havs secured 10 Kentucky Derby qualification points through his success in winning the Champagne Stakes. With that, he is already off to a good start on the Road to Kentucky Derby 2020.


Another top contender to watch out for is the winner of Claiborne Breeder’s Futurity (G1), Maxfield. As a son of Street Sense, the 2007 Kentucky Derby winner is raised to relish classic distances.

Even though Maxfield missed the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) due to a hoof bruise and later underwent ankle surgery to take out a bone chip, he remains a major contender for the 2020 Triple Crown. As amazing as he was in the Breeders' Futurity, he could be more spectacular in taking the challenge of a 1 ¼ mile Kentucky Derby on May 2.

Eight Rings

Eight Rings, an American thoroughbred racehorse, won the 2019 American Pharoah Stakes on Sept. 27, 2019. His victory earned him a spot to Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and competed on Nov. 1, 2019, where he came in sixth place behind his close rival Storm the Court, who won the race.

However, because of his success in Santa Anita Park, Eight Rings got qualifying points and earned consideration to fight against spectacular colts in the Road to the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.

Dennis’ Moment

Dale Romans, a Kentucky-based trainer, hopes that Dennis’ Moment will outperform his predecessors and reach the winner’s cycle on the first Saturday of May. When looking at Dennis’ Moment based on his previous performances, Romans’ speculations is could come to pass.

According to Romans, Dennis’ Moment is the complete package. He was an expensive yearling — purchased for $400,000 by Albaugh Family Stables — so he has the pedigree and the looks. Besides that, he has been very smart. His intelligence is beyond the charts and he just blessed with pure natural talent.

Thousand Words

Thousand Words took a great leap towards the big day at Churchill Downs when he won the hard-fought edition of the $200,000 Los Alamitos Futurity (G2). With this success, the spectacular colt secured the qualification points needed on the Road to the Kentucky Derby.

Under the guidance of Bob Baffert, Thousand Words secured victory in a six-and-a-half furlong maiden dash on Oct. 26 in Santa Anita, where he vigorously ran down the talented Thunder Code to win. That success was impressive enough to make Thousand Words a betting interest in Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 1. In fact, he has been priced at 34-1.

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