After almost four months of waiting, the 2020 Kentucky Derby is finally ready to go off Saturday from historic Churchill Downs. When the 16-horse 2020 Kentucky Derby field is called to the post at 7:01 p.m. ET, a normally raucous Churchill Downs will be eerily quiet due to no spectators in the grandstands or infield. Favorites have lost 12 of the first 13 races on Saturday's 2020 Kentucky Derby card so far. The only favorite to win was Essential Quality, who went off at 9-5 in Race 4.
Belmont Stakes winner Tiz the Law will break from the No. 15 post position and is the 5-8 favorite in the latest 2020 Kentucky Derby odds from William Hill. Honor A.P. and Authentic, both of whom didn't run the Belmont, are at 6-1 and 8-1, respectively, among the 2020 Kentucky Derby contenders. With a large field set to enter the starting gate on Saturday, you need to see what Hammerin' Hank Goldberg has to say before making any 2020 Kentucky Derby picks.
The former horse racing analyst for ESPN and NBC, Goldberg became a legendary handicapper by going straight to the source. In 2004, he had dinner before the Belmont Stakes with trainer Nick Zito at a pizzeria in Queens. The dinner led Goldberg to play Zito's 36-1 monster longshot Birdstone to win and on top of his exacta, trifecta and superfecta bets. When Birdstone shocked the world, Goldberg won $24,000.
In the San Felipe Stakes in March, Hammer gave out a $20 exacta that paid $180. In the Belmont Stakes in June, Goldberg was all over Tiz the Law, who scored a convincing victory in the year's first Triple Crown race. In the Blue Grass Stakes, Hammer nailed the Art Collector-Swiss Skydiver exacta for $169.40. In July, he hit the Authentic-Ny Traffic exacta in the Haskell for $158. And last month in the Pacific Classic he gave out the Maximum Security-Sharp Samurai exacta for $177.50. Anyone who has followed Goldberg's lead is way up.
Now, Goldberg has studied the 2020 Kentucky Derby field and has released his picks, predictions and exotic bets only at SportsLine.
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One shocker: Goldberg is high on Enforceable, even though he's a long shot at 25-1. Enforceable has typically been a late-running horse, but he has shown eagerness to go earlier in training runs leading up to the Kentucky Derby 2020 and could be more forwardly-placed than usual. Sired by former Wood Memorial winner Tapit, Enforceable is the second Kentucky Derby horse for dam Justwhistledixie.
Enforceable will break from post No. 3 under new jockey Adam Beschizza, an improved position now that Finnick the Fierce was scratched out of the No. 1 spot. The Mark Casse-trained Enforceable won the Lecomte Stakes earlier this year and was second in a division of the Risen Star Stakes. Goldberg is eyeing Enforceable's closing speed, and told SportsLine, "If things go his way, he could hit the board."
Another curveball: Goldberg says Honor A.P., the second-biggest 2020 Kentucky Derby favorite, barely hits the board. There are far better values in a loaded 2020 Kentucky Derby lineup.
Honor A.P. is coming off a runner-up finish in the Shared Belief Stakes. However, in that race, he finished second to Thousand Words, who's getting 15-1 Kentucky Derby odds 2020.
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Goldberg is also high on a double-digit long shot who will "be strong in the final quarter mile," giving him a strong shot at an upset victory. Goldberg is including this horse in his 2020 Kentucky Derby wagers, and so should you. He's sharing which horse to back only at SportsLine.
Who wins the Kentucky Derby 2020? What double-digit long lights up the board? And how has Hammer formulated his bets? Check out the latest Kentucky Derby odds below, then visit SportsLine to see Goldberg's picks for the Kentucky Derby.
2020 Kentucky Derby odds, field
Tiz the Law 5-8
Honor A.P. 5-1
Thousand Words 12-1
Ny Traffic 20-1
Max Player 30-1
Sole Volante 35-1
Money Moves 40-1
Attachment Rate 40-1
South Bend 50-1
Storm the Court 60-1
Major Fed 60-1
Necker Island 85-1
Mr Big News 100-1
Winning Impression 100-1