Authentic Wins 2020 Kentucky Derby

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — There will be no Triple Crown bid in this strangest of horse racing seasons.

Authentic upset Tiz the Law, the Belmont champ, to capture America’s most famous race, this year contested in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic that has altered the whole of the sporting world.

Instead of the Kentucky Derby serving as the first leg of the Triple Crown on the first Saturday in May, the Belmont Stakes did so for the first time in history on a Saturday in June. Tiz the Law, the Belmont Stakes champion, was the strong betting favorite to win.

Authentic, ridden by John Velazquez, earning his third derby victory, covered the mile-and-a-quarter distance in 2 minutes and 0.61 hundredths of a second, paying his backers $18.80 on a $2 bet.

It was the sixth Kentucky winner for trainer Bob Baffert, tying him with Ben Jones with most victories in America’s marquee race.

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