Postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic from its traditional running on the first Saturday in May for the first time since 1945, the Kentucky Derby will take place on the first Saturday of September. Tiz the Law is the morning-line favorite (3-5) and is unbeaten in four starts this year. That includes the Belmont Stakes in June, which led off this year's reshuffled Triple Crown.
So will Tiz the Law head into the Preakness Stakes (Oct. 3) with a chance at all three?
Time will tell, but first here is a breakdown of every horse in the Kentucky Derby field, suggested plays and picks. (Note: King Guillermo was scratched Thursday because of a fever, and Finnick the Fierce was scratched Friday with a foot issue, so there will be no horses running out of the sixth or first positions, respectively.)
Note: Horses, with morning-line odds, listed in order of post position (jockey/trainer in parentheses).
Chris Fallica's guide to the field
2. Max Player (Ricardo Santana Jr./Steve Asmussen) 30-1
Asmussen is 0-20 in the Derby. That's the most Derby starts for a trainer without at least one win -- and this likely won't be his first winner. It's actually the first start Max Player will make in the Asmussen barn since being transferred from Linda Rice. He has been crushed twice by Tiz the Law, and I don't see those tables being turned Saturday. However, I will use this one underneath in trifectas and superfectas, as he's a late runner and could be passing the really bad tiring ones late.