The 2020 Kentucky Derby will take place without fans at Churchill Downs on September 5. The 1 ¼-mile contest brings together the best three-year-old Thoroughbred horses from all around the country. This page has free Kentucky Derby expert picks. There are also Kentucky Oaks free picks and Kentucky Oaks handicapping.
Bet the Kentucky Derby online with your favorite sportsbook. Many sportsbooks are offering special 2020 Kentucky Derby bonus wagers with money-back opportunities, so make sure to select yours carefully.
Kentucky Derby Predictions
The Kentucky Derby often has big payouts, especially the Kentucky Derby exacta and Kentucky Derby trifecta bet.
- $5 Win/Place/Show: Honor A. P., King Guillermo, and Art Collector
- $5 Exacta Box: Honor A. P., King Guillermo, and Tiz the Law
- $1 Trifecta Box: Tiz the Law, Honor A. P., King Guillermo, Major Fed, and Authentic
- $1 Straight Trifecta: Honor A. P., Tiz the Law, Storm the Court
Kentucky Derby Online Betting
Handicapping the Kentucky Derby horse race online requires knowing a bit about the 2020 Kentucky Derby field. The Kentucky Derby favorite this year is Tiz the Law, who has won four straight races this year including the Belmont Stakes (G1), the Runhappy Travers Stakes (G1), and the Curlin Florida Derby (G1) earlier this year. Barclay Tagg trains the son of Constitution for Sackatoga Stable, who campaigned 2003 Kentucky Derby winner Funny Cide.
His biggest threat will be a son of Honor Code, Honor A. P. He won the Santa Anita Derby (G1) in June after being one of the brightest two-year-old prospects last year.
The best Kentucky Derby price play is King Guillermo. The son of Uncle Mo has been at Churchill Downs longer than any other Kentucky Derby contender and seems to love the track. He won the Tampa Bay Derby by almost five lengths as a 49-1 shot in March.
Kentucky Oaks Free Picks
The Kentucky Oaks will be run Friday, September 4, at Churchill Downs. It is expected to be a battle between two top fillies, Swiss Skydiver and Gamine, but other horses like Speech, Bonny South, and Donna Veloce also have shots to upset the Kentucky Oaks favorites.
- $5 Win: Speech, Bonny South
- $5 Kentucky Oaks Exacta Box: Speech, Bonny South, and Swiss Skydiver
- $100 Win – Swiss Skydiver
Kentucky Derby Top Picks
There are several major races on the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby cards. Churchill Downs will offer the $250,000 Twin Spires Turf Sprint, the $300,000 Edgewood, the $300,000 Eight Belles, the $400,000 Alysheba, and the $500,000 La Troienne (G1) on September 4.
On Kentucky Derby Day September 5, the track hosts the $500,000 American Turf, the $500,000 Derby City Distaff, the $500,000 Pat Day Mile, the $200,000 Iroquois, the $500,000 Churchill Distaff Turf Mile, and the $1 million Old Forester Bourbon Turf Classic. Some of the best horses in the world will compete in these races, including defending champion, McKinzie.
For all the negative buzz about Nyquist's average speed figures and vulnerability, the newly crowned and much-deserving 2016 Kentucky Derby winner might just have the most impeccable credentials of any Derby winner in the illustrious history of the race - and certainly in the modern era.
On Friday at Churchill Downs, the field has been set for the 142nd running of the $1 million Kentucky Oaks. The Grade 1 event, carded at a mile and an eighth, has drawn a full field of fourteen three-year-old fillies with one listed as an also-eligible.
With the final round of Kentucky Derby preps in the books, it seems improbable, but arguable that the March 12 Tampa Derby was the most useful and review-worthy of the 24 official point-bearing races in 2016.
The handicapping public may find it difficult to get worked into a lather over the five-horse field set to contest the Grade 3 Beaumont Stakes Sunday, April 17 at Keeneland, but there's at least one filly worth keeping a close eye one.