Kentucky Derby 2020

Kentucky Derby 2020 is traditionally the first leg of the American Triple Crown of horse racing. It is historically run on the first Saturday in May, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Kentucky Derby was postponed from Saturday, May 2 to Saturday, Sept. 5. Complete Kentucky Derby 2020 coverage including where to watch, details about horses, post times, derby hats, mint julep and more.

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The Road to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve is a 35-race series that awards points to the Top 4 finishers in each race. The top 19 or 20 point earners will earn a spot in the starting gate for the 146th running of the $3 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (Grade I) on Saturday, May 2, 2020.

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One invitation will be extended to the top point earners in the Europe Road to the Kentucky Presented by Woodford Reserve and one invitation will be extended to the top point earners in the Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve. The Kentucky Derby field has been limited to 20 starters since 1975. At least 20 horses have entered the 1 1/4 mile race for 3-year-olds every year since 2004, and 19 of the last 21 years.

In 2020, you learn to expect the unexpected. So when the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve announced that it would run on Sept. 5 instead of the traditional first Saturday in May, the schedule of qualifying races included some new summer events that have never had Derby points attached to them before.

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In 2013, Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby began a system to qualify horses for the classic race by designating certain prep races with points; the higher the points value of a race, the tougher the competition. That’s because only 20 horses are able to run in the Kentucky Derby each year, and it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: only Triple Crown-nominated 3-year-old Thoroughbreds are eligible to run.

In normal years, a horse with 30 to 40 points would make the Kentucky Derby field. The horse with the lowest number of points coming into last year’s race was Bodexpress with 40 points; while in 2018, 29 points earned Instilled Regard a spot in the starting gate.

With more than a month left before the big race this year, it looks like the minimum qualifying points may be higher, since the horses lowest on the top 20 list already have at least 30 points to their credit. The standings heading into August have Belmont Stakes winner Tiz the Law on top with a whopping 272 points.

2020 Kentucky Derby Points Standings

Horse Points Earned
1. Tiz the Law 272
2. Authentic 200
3. Honor A. P. 120
4. Ny Traffic 110
5. Art Collector 100
6. King Guillermo 90
7. Dr. Post 80
8. Ete Indien 74
9. Modernist 70
10. Mischievous Alex 50
11. Country Grammer 50
12. Enforceable 43
13. Swiss Skydiver 40
14. Shivaree 40
15. Max Player 40
16. Major Fed 38
17. Storm the Court 36
18. Thousand Words 33
19. Anneau d’Or 32
20. Sole Volante 30
21. Finnick the Fierce 25
22. Pneumatic 25
23. Uncle Chuck 20
24. Candy Tycoon 20
25. Winning Impression 20

Is this list set in stone? Not at all. With a little more than a month left until the run for the roses, there are still some prep races with qualifying points on the calendar.