2020 Kentucky Derby odds, predictions: Expert who’s nailed 9 Derby-Oaks Doubles reveals surprising picks

Kentucky Derby bugler Steve Buttleman will take his position as usual on Saturday, though his rendition of “Call to the Post” will be played to an empty grandstand as the 2020 Kentucky Derby takes place at a fan-free Churchill Downs. When Buttleman lifts his bugle at 7:01 p.m. ET, 16 three-year-olds will load into the gate for the “Fastest Two Minutes in Sports.” While all eyes will be on Belmont Stakes winner Tiz the Law, the other 2020 Kentucky Derby contenders all have legitimate shots at immortality.

Tiz the Law leads the 2020 Kentucky Derby field at 5-8 in the latest 2020 Kentucky Derby odds from William Hill. Santa Anita Derby winner Honor A.P., who didn’t run the Belmont, is 5-1. Authentic, another horse that skipped the Belmont, is 8-1 among the 2020 Kentucky Derby horses. Before making any horse racing predictions, you’ll want to see the latest 2020 Kentucky Derby picks from SportsLine’s Jody Demling.

A fixture in the horse racing world who has been writing about, talking about and betting on races for years, Demling enters the 2020 Kentucky Derby on a major heater on his horse racing picks. He has the picked the winner of six of his last seven races: the Saudi Cup, Gotham Stakes, Rebel Stakes, Louisiana Derby, Florida Derby and Belmont Stakes. At the Belmont, the first Triple Crown race of 2020, Demling called Tiz the Law the class of the field and he pulled away for a convincing victory.

This is the same handicapper who hit the Oaks-Derby double at Churchill Downs nine times in the last 11 years. That means he held a ticket with the winners of both the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby all but twice in his last 11 tries. Anyone who has followed him is way up.

Now, Demling has released his early 2020 Kentucky Derby picks, predicting where every horse will finish. He’s sharing all of it at SportsLine.

2020 Kentucky Derby expert predictions

One surprise: Demling is fading Authentic, even though he’s one of the favorites in the Kentucky Derby odds 2020 at 8-1. The son of Into Mischief out of Flawless, Authentic didn’t run the Belmont Stakes and was instead pointed towards the Santa Anita Derby, but was second that day to fellow Kentucky Derby contender Honor A.P.

Authentic crossed the wire first at the Sham Stakes and San Felipe Stakes. After running second at Santa Anita, Authentic captured the Haskell Invitational. However, the colt has shown trouble loading and breaking from gates, in addition to having never traveled the 1 1/4-mile Kentucky Derby distance. Even with the success, Demling believes Authentic is “not sure he wants the added distance” in Saturday’s 146th Run for the Roses and doesn’t recommend including the horse in your 2020 Kentucky Derby bets.

Another shocker: Demling is high on Sole Volante, even though he’s a huge 35-1 long shot in the latest Kentucky Derby odds 2020. He’s a target for anyone looking for a huge payday. The son of Karakontie out of Light Blow is bred for distance, and French trainer Patrick Biancone has been running Sole Volante in longer one-mile training sessions rather than shorter dashes in order to build on his three-year-old’s stamina. 

Biancone has trained several graded-stakes winners throughout his career, including 2004 Kentucky Derby runner-up and 2004 Haskell Stakes winner Lion Heart. This will be Biancone’s first entrant in the Kentucky Derby since Lion Heart. Sole Volante won the Sam F. Davis Stakes and enters Saturday’s 2020 Run for the Roses with four wins in seven career starts. Positioning will be key, as jockey Luca Panici is likely to stalk the pace to use the extra gas Sole Volante carries in his tank late.

How to make 2020 Kentucky Derby picks

In addition, Demling is high on an epic long shot who “will be running in the end.” He’s using him prominently in his exactas, trifectas, and superfectas, and so should you. He’s only sharing which horse to back, and his entire projected 2020 Kentucky Derby leaderboard, here.

Which horse wins the Kentucky Derby 2020? And which massive long shot is a must-back? Check out the latest 2020 Kentucky Derby odds below, then visit SportsLine to see Demling’s picks for the 2020 Kentucky Derby, and find out. 

2020 Kentucky Derby odds

Tiz the Law 5-8
Honor A.P. 5-1
Authentic 8-1
Thousand Words 12-1
Ny Traffic 20-1
Enforceable 25-1
Max Player 30-1
Sole Volante 35-1
Money Moves 40-1
Attachment Rate 40-1
South Bend 50-1
Storm the Court 60-1
Major Fed 60-1
Necker Island 85-1
Mr Big News 100-1
Winning Impression 100-1

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