10 Bet-Worthy Contenders in the 2020 Kentucky Derby

We’re more or less 100 days away from the 146th Kentucky Derby. Are you ready to raise your mint julep at the historic Churchill Downs?

With a combination of previous Derby contenders and new talented colts that are moving up the ladder, here are ten among several buzz horses that can potentially target points-paying preps down the line.

Anneau d’Or

While he wasn’t ranked higher due to his previous defeats in the Juvenile and Los Alamitos Futurity last year, Anneau d’Or still managed to win his debut, clocking five furlongs in a sharp 1:00 4/5.

In the kentucky derby 2020, many horse racing fans are anticipating whether Anneau d’Or would be equipped with blinkers to aid him in taking the lead or be vigorously whipped from coping up against other good horses.

As Seen On TV

As seen on TV is one of the speedsters that received everyone’s respect last year, alongside Chance It.

This year, this stoutly bred colt of Lookin At Lucky also recently sprinted 1:00.65 at Palm Meadows, just after being a runner-up in the Mucho Macho Man S.

If he is going to participate in the Holy Bull, Tiz the Law (on this list) and might possibly showcase a good race.


This Into Mischief colt made his debut last year in November and recently won last Saturday’s Sham Stakes at Santa Anita by almost eight lengths.

In general, Authentic stretched out from a five ½-furlong maiden race to a Grade 3 stakes/mile.

He’s one of the horses who only have four starts before the Kentucky Derby in May.

Blackberry Wine

He may not be real wine, but as news describes, Blackberry Wine aged fine.

Trained by Joe Sharp, this three-year-old son of Oxbow made a splash last Saturday at the FairGround.

For once, it seemed like the eventual winner was already decided. Blackberry Wine was corralled and passed by the highly touted Digital and Chestertown.

But Blackberry Wine intensely retook the lead and successfully pulled out an impressive win. Dennis’ Moment

Due to its 2-year-old campaign, almost no one has any idea how high Dennis’ Moment’s ceiling can be! He can be more than amazing, as long as bad incidents wouldn’t occur.

He would have won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, but he badly tripped over, consequently finishing eight.

Before this race, he won a seven-furlong maiden race and Iroquois (G3). Now, he’s seriously preparing for February 29 Fountain of Youth (G2).


Only if he didn’t withdraw from the Breeders’ Cup, Maxfield would rank first.

Despite coming around slowly, he still made up in the top contender list the coming race this February.

According to Godolphin’s Jimmy Bell, Maxfield has been jogging and even galloping at Bridlewood Farm, Ocala.

It’s literally a conservative approach, yet his connections wouldn’t rush him.

They said, if Derby isn’t for Maxfield, then be it. Still, he’s one of the strongest horses you will ever want to witness in a Derby horse.


Nadal, literally named after the no. 1 tennis player Rafael Nadal, is a 2-year-old Blame colt that was auctioned for $700,000 last year.

Last Sunday, at Santa Anita, Nadal went 6 1/2 furlongs and swiftly cut opening fractions of 21.88 and 44.91 seconds, zipping away to his length victory.

Consequently, this gutty colt was immediately dubbed as ‘Thoroughbred Daily News Rising Star.

Storm The Court

In his recent training on January 5 at Santa Anita Park, Storm The Court looked powerful after he went five furlongs in 1:01 3/5.

His trainer, Peter Eurton, has been eyeing on involving this two-year-old colt in a 7-furlong sprint at Santa Anita this February.

If Storm The Court will achieve a debut win in this coming February 9 San Vicente (G2), alongside with his November 2 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile win, he’ll surely be peaking in the Derby day.

Thousand Words

Thousand Words has been living up to various lofty expectations. To start off, he’s been considered as one of the classiest pedigrees, having been sold for a million dollars as a yearling.

Even so, this hasn’t solely proved his perceived quality. Last year in December, he defeated a number of experienced rivals at Los Alamitos Futurity, earning him a ticket to race in the Kentucky Derby.

Tiz the Law

Sitting in fourth place on the Derby current leaderboard is the four-length winner of the Champagne Stakes, Tiz the Law.

He recently had a 5-furlong training last Sunday and causally sprinted the distance in 1:01.55.

He’ll be returning on the work tab and make his seasonal debut in the February 1 Holy Bull (G3) at 1 1/16 miles.

The top-four finishers in this said race will receive 10-4-2-1 qualifying points for Kentucky Derby.

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