Top 10 Toughest Horse Favorites to Compete in The 2020 Kentucky Derby

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The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a lot of havoc, especially in the sports industry. Most of the sporting events in the United States got postponed or worse, canceled. It is why the sports betting market has declined tremendously for the past weeks.

In line with the global chaos, the government, along with related agencies, are working hard so we can all surpass this. In the meantime, some sporting events such as horse racing are moved to a later date this year, so the sports industry can recover its revenue loss after the COVID-19 pandemic subsides.

Hence, the Kentucky Derby this year will work on September 5, 2020, instead of May 2. With this, bettors and horse racing fans have enough time to prepare their Kentucky Derby 2020 expert picks here to wager for the deserving horses. That said, as the competition gets tighter in the odds ranking for the upcoming Derby, here are the toughest contenders you must not miss an eye for.

Tiz The Law

Trained by Barclay Tagg, this horse has not scratched out in the odds since the early betting line rankings were released. After impressively working his best in the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes last November 30, 2019, Tiz The Law wowed the fans after showing a phenomenal performance at Gulfstream Park clinching the Holy Bull Stakes title.

Independence Hall

Although this horse might not have come from the strongest pedigree, he’s a tough contender you need to watch out for in the upcoming Kentucky Derby. He’s got convincing horse racing accomplishments as a titleholder for the Nasha Stakes and Jerome Stakes. Last February 8, 2020, he competed in Sam F. Davis Stakes, where he landed in second place.

Dennis’ Moment

Dennis’ Moment might not have taken many Derby prep races, but that does not mean he is a weak horse to consider in the upcoming Run For The Roses. In fact, he is the current Iroquois Stakes superstar. Although he only placed 8th in the TVG Breeders’ Cup and 10th in the Fountain of Youth Stakes, he has the ability to make an epic comeback at any given time.


Another strong Kentucky Derby contender to watch out this September is Nadal.  He is an undefeated racehorse who made two significant Derby prep race accomplishments. He won the San Vicente Stakes that happened last February 9, 2020. After that, he competed in the Rebel Stakes last March 14, 2020, where he also won the title.


Considered as Bob Baffert’s most reliable entry to the 2020 Kentucky Derby, Authentic is also one of the undefeated racehorses to watch out this coming September. After winning the Maiden Special Weight, he competed in Sham Stakes last January 4, 2020, and won the race. Following the said accomplishment, he saddled in the San Felipe Stakes last March 7, 2020, and did not disappoint his bettors as he won first place.

Thousand Words

Thousand Words is another Baffert’s entry to the Derby. He is one of the few horses that maintained a consistent odds ranking until today. Thousand Words is a current Los Alamitos Futurity titleholder. Although he only finished fourth in the San Felipe Stakes, he was a superstar in the Robert B. Lewis Stakes that happened last February 1, 2020.


Maxfield joins the roster for the toughest contenders in the upcoming Kentucky Derby. Although he has not been seen in many Derby prep races, this Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity winner has successfully maintained an excellent odds value until today.

Max Player

Trained by Linda Rice and ridden by Dylan Davis, Max Player is a promising contender in the Kentucky Derby this year. After winning the Maiden Special Weight last December 17, 2020, he competed in the Withers Stakes at Aqueduct on February 1, 2020, where he was hailed as the winner.


Chad Brown is making an entry to the 2020 Kentucky Derby as he sends Structor, who is considered as one of the toughest contenders to bet. This racehorse has won the Pilgrim Stakes last September 28, 2019, and was also successful in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf.

Honor A.P.

Taking the last spot for the strongest Derby contenders is Honor A.P. After he placed second in the San Felipe Stakes last March 7, 2020, this racehorse has successfully impressed every horse racing fans and bettors for the upcoming Run For The Roses.


With the new schedule set for the 2020 Kentucky Derby, the room becomes bigger for Derby hopefuls to prepare and train so they can showcase an excellent performance at Churchill Downs. That said, bettors also have a higher chance of knowing each horse closely to deserve their bets. Hence, with the given list of the strongest Derby entrants listed above, make sure to keep track of them until the day of the Kentucky Derby comes.