Kentucky Derby 2020: Potential Runners

The Kentucky Derby will take place on May 2, 2020, at Churchill Downs in Louisville. More than 100,000 punters are expected to descend on the Bluegrass State for America’s biggest and most thrilling horse racing event.

As always, thousands of eager bettors are already asking horse racing tipsters and pundits for their predictions. While the full lineup is yet to be confirmed, plenty of horses are already in the mix. Today, we’ll analyze a handful of runners who we think will be involved.

The field will become more competitive as more runners are confirmed. However, a couple of horses have already caught our attention. We want to weigh-up their chances of success and share our thoughts with you.

Horses to Watch

  • Three Technique – The son of Mr. Speaker put in a fantastic performance at Saratoga to stake his claim as a potential runner in the Kentucky Derby. Three Technique looked well-beaten and out of ideas. However, he didn’t lie down and rallied valiantly to beat Always Misbehaving and Necker Island. The two-year-old colt, who is trained by Jeremiah Englehart, looks like a promising prospect.
  • American Theorem – This young colt still has plenty to learn, but the potential is there for everyone to see. Tiago Pereira rode him to victory at Del Mar last time out. It looked like his path was blocked, but he found some space and motored towards the post. This was a thoroughly impressive performance by all accounts. We certainly wouldn’t be surprised to see him at the Kentucky Derby in May.
  • Express Train – The $500,000 son of Union Rangs obliterated the rest of the field when he ran at Delmar on 08/29/19. This race was far too easy for him, but his credentials will be put to the test when he goes up against stronger opposition later in the season. If he can rack up another few wins in the meantime, he’ll put himself in contention for the Kentucky showpiece.
  • Rowdy Yates – This Oklahoma-bred colt hasn’t had it all his own way this year. He started with a win back in May but was beaten by Phantom Boss at Bashford Manor one month later. However, he bounced back with a win at Ellis Park and will be hoping to pick up a few more wins over the coming months. He has bags of potential and is one to keep your eye on.
  • Acre – This horse comes from great stock. He’s the son of Blame and the half-brother of Lea. What’s more, Acre picked up his first victory of the year in mid-August after finishing seventh in his maiden run in July. The step-up in trip seems to suit him well. If he can put several great performances in between now and May, expect him to be involved in America’s biggest race.

More to Come

This is just a sample of some of the potential runners. We’re also expecting the likes of Cezanne, Green Light Go, Eight Rings, and Garth to be involved. Keep a close eye on the race results between now and then. We’ll be back at the beginning of 2020 with more Kentucky Derby predictions.