Authentic won the 146th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville on Saturday, edging Tiz the Law in the 1¼-mile race.
Authentic, who finished in 2:00.61, gave Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert his record-tying sixth career win at the Kentucky Derby. It was the third Derby win for jockey John Velazquez.
Tiz the Law, who won the first leg of the Triple Crown at the Belmont Stakes in June, finished second.
At the start of the race, Tiz the Law remained the heavy favorite, at 4-5 odds. The thoroughbred was unbeaten in 2020, with big wins at both the Travers and Belmont Stakes, but finished second Saturday. Honor A.P. is the second choice at 7-1, followed by Authentic at 9-1.
The 2020 edition of the race was poised to be the sport’s most unique. Moving from its traditional date of the first Saturday in May, the Kentucky Derby is now the middle jewel of the Triple Crown, succeeding the Belmont Stakes and preceding the Preakness Stakes.
There were no fans present, jockeys followed strict COVID-19 protocols, and just outside Churchill Downs protestors gathered demanding justice for the shooting death of Louisville native Breonna Taylor, who was killed a few miles away during a police raid.
Two days ahead of the race, Churchill Downs issued a statement acknowledging the ongoing fight for racial equality social justice currently happening in America and the sport’s history that led to the exclusion of Black jockey participation.
“We are not doing enough, quickly enough, the statement said. “That is true in our country, in our city and in our sport.”
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