LOUISVILLE, Ky. — It was a picture-perfect Saturday in Louisville. The kind of day race fans dream about happening the first Saturday in May. But coronavirus changed the Kentucky Derby as we know it. There were no fans in the stands, it's the first Saturday in September, and the only people at historic Churchill Down were either working or connected to the horses running in the races.
But when the 15 horses broke from the gate all of what was different didn't seem matter as all eyes were on the horses. The fastest two minutes in sports once again did not disappoint. The Barclay Tagg trained Tiz the Law was the overwhelming favorite but Authentic was upfront from the beginning. Announcers had said Tiz the Law likes to find his pace and then break free for the victory and that what most expected to happen. But jockey John Velazquez and Authentic had other plans. As the two horses approached the final stretch, Authentic was in the lead but Tiz the Law was pushing his way closer and closer. The final push wasn't enough, Authentic upset Tiz the Law to win the 146th Kentucky Derby.
This was the sixth Derby win for Bob Baffert, tying the record, and the third Derby victory for the hall of fame jockey John Velazquez.
"Johnny V. gave them the most incredible ride," said Baffert, who is tied with trainer Ben Jones. "The training was lights out. He was fresh. He's a good horse. He's our No. 1 pick from the beginning, and here we are. The greatest race in the world, and I feel very blessed and fortunate."
Authentic won the race with a time of 2:00.61.
Baffert's other Derby winners were Silver Charm in 1997, Real Quiet in 1998, War Emblem in 2002, American Pharoah in 2015, and Justify in 2018.
There won't be a Triple Crown winner this year. Tiz the Law on the Belmont Stakes in June and was hoping for a win today. The final race, the Preakness will take place at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore on Oct. 3.