Established in 1875, the Kentucky Derby is the longest-running sporting event in the U.S.A. The iconic horse race always takes place the first weekend in May. And few would deny the financial and entertainment success of this event.

In standard years, the race is preceded by a month of celebrations and festivals and attracts hundreds of thousands of spectators.

This year the pandemic prompted tradition-busting pivots in the Derby. Instead of running the race the first weekend of May, the date since 1946, the event kicked off the first weekend in September.

The famous racetrack, Churchill Downs, saw only a handful of horse owners and trainers

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Jockey John Velazquez riding Authentic, wins the 146th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

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Tiz the Law’s run for the Triple Crown is over after a second-place finish at the Kentucky Derby, and Authentic is the new horse to beat heading into the Preakness Stakes. 

Saturday’s stunning upset was the first loss for trainer Barclay Tagg and Tiz the Law since November 2019. Authentic not only notched his second-straight victory after last racing in the Haskell Stakes, but gave trainer Bob Baffert his sixth victory at the Kentucky Derby and his 16th overall win in a Triple Crown race—both records in their own right. 

Of course, glory and fame aren’t the only spoils for the Kentucky Derby victor. There was

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Jockey John Velazquez riding Authentic, wins the 146th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

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Authentic ended Tiz the Law’s Triple Crown bid while making Kentucky Derby history for trainer Bob Baffert. 

The 2020 Kentucky Derby champion won at Churchill Downs from the outside post position. 

Jockey John Velazquez, who won his third Kentucky Derby, brought Authentic to the front of the field early and fended off a late surge from Tiz the Law to cross the finish line first. 

Velazquez, Baffert and owners Spendthrift Farm will split a $1.86 million prize out of the $3 million purse for the Triple Crown race, which was run in September for the first time in 146 editions. 

       

2020 Kentucky Derby Order of Finish

Finish: Horse; Jockey; Trainer

1. Authentic (John Velazquez; Bob Baffert) ($1.86 million) 

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Jockey John Velazquez riding Authentic, right, crosses the finish line ahead of Jockey Manny Franco riding Tiz the Law to win the 146th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

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An unusual 2020 Kentucky Derby led to a surprising upset win for Authentic and his connections as he outpaced favorite Tiz the Law to capture the second leg of the Triple Crown in front of a nearly empty Churchill Downs in Louisville.  

The result confirms there will be no Triple Crown winner this year. Tiz the Law was established as the odds-on favorite based on his convincing win at the Belmont, but Authentic and his team dashed his hopes of becoming the 14th horse in history to win all three races. 

The Bob Baffert-trained horse answered any questions about whether he could handle 1¼ miles. Tiz the Law bided his time before making a run at the eventual winner down the final stretch, and Authentic had no issue sprinting down the stretch and holding off the favorite. 

Even though the race was run in September instead

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Tiz the Law (8), with jockey Manny Franco up, crosses the finish line to win the152nd running of the Belmont Stakes horse race, Saturday, June 20, 2020, in Elmont, N.Y. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

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The 2020 Kentucky Derby will be unlike any other in the storied race’s 146-year history.

It’s not the first Saturday in May. The Derby isn’t kicking off a hectic five-week Triple Crown season. And no fans will pack the infield at Churchill Downs because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Tiz the Law arrives in Kentucky with a Belmont Stakes victory already on his resume. It was a dominant performance in June that was followed by a similar romp over the competition in the Travers Stakes in August, raising expectations about the potential for a third Triple Crown winner in six years.

Let’s check out all of the key details for this year’s Run for the Roses. That’s followed by a race preview and a prediction for which horses will finish in the money.

             

Important Information

Where: Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky

When: Saturday, Sept. 5 at 7:01 p.m.

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Sept. 5 (UPI) — How can a $2 bettor make any money on the Kentucky Derby when Tiz the Law is likely to go to the post as a heavy odds-on favorite?

It’s always fun to win but who wants a $3 — or less — return on a $2 win ticket? Big races like this should be hit for a lot more.

Well, there are a couple ways to look at it. One would be to decide Tiz the Law really might not win. That would be a risky proposition, based on the available evidence.

“It’s a little daunting being the 3-5 favorite in the Kentucky Derby, but I think he’s earned it,” Jack Knowlton, head of the Sackatoga Stables’ ownership group, said Thursday morning on the Churchill Downs backstretch.

He’s right. So let’s look for another approach.

Even if Tiz the Law wins by the length of the

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Kentucky Derby entry Tiz the Law runs during a workout at Churchill Downs, Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, in Louisville, Ky. The Kentucky Derby is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 5th. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

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The Kentucky Derby will take place for the first time without fans in the Triple Crown race’s history, which dates back to 1875.

There won’t be mint juleps and fancy hats en masse this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but horses will enter the gates and take off for the next running of the sport’s most prestigious event.

Here are the post positions, odds and prize-money breakdowns, plus predictions and a look at the top six horses on the odds ledger.

    

Post Positions and Odds

1. Finnick the Fierce (scratched)

2. Max Player: 15-1

3. Enforceable: 21-1

4. Storm the Court: 21-1

5. Major Fed: 29-1

6. King Guillermo (scratched)

7. Money Moves: 14-1

8. South Bend: 32-1

9. Mr. Big News: 40-1

10. Thousand Words: 9-1

11. Necker Island: 39-1

12. Sole Volante: 25-1

13. Attachment Rate: 38-1

14. Winning Impression: 38-1

15. Ny Traffic:

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Trainer Bob Baffert watches as Kentucky Derby entry Thousand Words walks onto the track during a workout at Churchill Downs, Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, in Louisville, Ky. The Kentucky Derby is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 5th. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

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The number of challengers to Tiz the Law’s Triple Crown quest is down to 15. 

Finnick the Fierce became the fourth horse to withdraw from the 2020 Kentucky Derby field, which leaves the field with 16 three-year-old horses. 

The scratch Friday does not affect Tiz the Law’s starting outlook, as he will still begin in the second-most outside position sandwiched between Honor A. P. and Authentic. 

Due to the number of withdrawn horses, the three positions of the 20-position starting gate will be open, which shifts Tiz the Law to post 16. The inside spot that Finnick the Fierce was supposed to hold will also be vacant. 

The 16 competitors scheduled to leave the starting gate Saturday will be fighting for parts of the $3 million purse, with $1.86 million going to the champion. 

          

Kentucky Derby Odds

2. Max Player (16-1)

3. Enforceable (23-1)

4. Storm the

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(The Center Square) – Everything about the Kentucky Derby is big – big hats, big bets, big crowds, big parties, big moments to celebrate the big horse race on the big day.

But thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic and government restrictions put in place to slow the spread, far fewer people will be visiting Louisville this weekend, and the amount of consumer spending will be significantly lighter.

“The impact the whole of the Kentucky Derby season has on Louisville is well over $400 million, solidifying its ranking as the top tourism driver to the region annually,” Stacey Yates, vice president of marketing communications for Louisville Tourism, told The Center Square.

Businesses of all kinds throughout the city usually fare well during Derby time, but this year’s race delay – the first of horse racings’ Triple Crown events is traditionally held on the first Saturday in May – and restrictions on

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(The Center Square) – Everything about the Kentucky Derby is big – big hats, big bets, big crowds, big parties, big moments to celebrate the big horse race on the big day.

But thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic and government restrictions put in place to slow the spread, far fewer people will be visiting Louisville this weekend, and the amount of consumer spending will be significantly lighter.

“The impact the whole of the Kentucky Derby season has on Louisville is well over $400 million, solidifying its ranking as the top tourism driver to the region annually,” Stacey Yates, vice president of marketing communications for Louisville Tourism, told The Center Square.

Businesses of all kinds throughout the city usually fare well during Derby time, but this year’s race delay – the first of horse racings’ Triple Crown events is traditionally held on the first Saturday in May – and restrictions on

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