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Authentic wins the 146th Kentucky Derby

Kybluegrass | Wikimedia Commons

Kybluegrass | Wikimedia Commons

That’s why it’s called the most exciting two minutes in sports. In the end, Authentic came out on top in the 146th running of the Kentucky Derby. Hall of Fame Jockey John Valenzuela raced with Authentic for the first time today, and he still claimed his third Derby victory. Legendary trainer Bob Baffert will be in the winner’s circle for the sixth time in his storied career, tying the record for all-time Derby wins. In the past few years, he’s also been there with Triple Crown winners American Pharoah and Justify.

There will not be a Triple Crown winner in 2020. Tiz The Law was consistently the horse to beat in 2020, especially after winning the first leg of the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes, by nearly four lengths on June 20. Tiz The Law finished as a heavy 3-5 betting favorite, but the horse finished second in the Kentucky Derby. 46-1 long shot Mr. Big News ran third, and Honor A.P. came in fourth.

Here’s a look at the entire race:

The horse won an unusual run for the roses in Louisville. It was admittedly strange to watch the race unfold without thousands of cheering fans in the stands, and the select few spectators who were allowed to be inside of Churchill Downs on the first Saturday of September were wearing masks.

Another one of Bob Baffert’s horses was a last-minute scratch, after trainers had a hard time getting Thousand Words saddled. John Clay of the Herald Leader captured the moment and shared the picture on Twitter:

An unusual day in an unusual year didn’t end after the race. During the post-race celebrations in the winner’s circle, something spooked Authentic and Baffert was knocked to the ground. Neither Baffert nor his horse appeared to be injured.

The final leg of the coveted Triple Crown, the Preakness Stakes, has been rescheduled to Saturday, October 3 at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland.


Whether you won big or not, you can end your Derby day with Mint Juleps, Lilies and hot browns at KSBar and Grille.

Article written by Maggie Davis

I love sports, podcasts, long walks on the beach and Twitter (@MaggieDavisKSR)

2 Comments for Authentic wins the 146th Kentucky Derby



  1. csnailnrun
    9:43 pm September 5, 2020 Permalink

    Jockey’s wearing masks was the first practical use those far. Great way to keep the mud and dirt out of your mouth.



  2. grammarpoliceUK
    10:56 pm September 5, 2020 Permalink

    Never count out a Baffert trained horse til the race is over!