Preparations for The Kentucky Derby in Full Swing

Preparations for The Kentucky Derby in Full Swing

The 2020 Kentucky Derby is going to be one of the most highly anticipated sporting events in the world. The event has now been rescheduled to September 5. The sports industry is looking forward to the event as they expect Sports betting to kick off, which has slowed down due to the cancelation of events.

Anticipation for the event high

The 2020 Kentucky Derby will take place in September i.e. four months from now. Several spots are still available for the race and many top horses are expected to be in the lineup this year. The event will be held at Louisville’s Churchill Downs where preparations for the race are now in full swing. The Grade III Matt Winn Stakes is also planned for Saturday this week and some of the top Derby contenders are expected to be on the field as well.

Preparations for The Kentucky Derby in Full Swing

All horses must earn points in order to qualify for the Kentucky Derby. Matt Winn Stakes will offer 50 qualifying points for the horses for the winner this week. This week’s race was added as a preparatory event because the original race was pushed back by over four months. The 1-1/16th mile race will give all the bettors a good idea of which horses could become good contenders for the September race.

What to expect from the Saturday race?

This week’s race will feature only 10 horses on the field. However, some big names are expected to participate. Maxfield is the betting favorite for the week and he is expected to make a 3-year-old race debut during the event. If the Kentucky Derby was held on its original date, then Maxfield would not have participated directly. He had a promising season last fall but suffered an ankle injury because of which he was out of action for months.

He won the first two starts he ever ran but ended up missing on the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile because of the injury. Brendan Walsh, his trainer, believes that the horse would not have been able to prepare for the big race if the pandemic didn’t push the event’s date to September.

He will be ridden by jockey Jose Ortiz at the Matt Winn stakes this week. He is listed as the favorite with 5-2. Another horse by trainer Dale Romans will also be participating in the race. Roman’s first horse failed to deliver in the Kentucky Derby last time. However, he is looking for a second attempt to make an impression.

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