Tiz the Law won the Belmont Stakes on June 20, but instead of that victory marking the final jewel of the traditional Triple Crown schedule, it was the first race of the year. Next up is the 2020 Kentucky Derby, which is set for Sept. 5 at historic Churchill Downs. Can Tiz the Law win the Run for the Roses and take one more step to the 2020 Triple Crown? Or will one of the many speedy contenders ruin his shot at immortality?
Tiz The Law, who won Saturday's 2020 Travers Stakes by more than five lengths, is 5-2 and the early favorite in the 2020 Kentucky Derby odds. Honor A.P., who won the Santa Anita Derby but skipped the Belmont, is at 5-1. Authentic, another horse that opted out of running the Belmont, is at 10-1. Before making any horse racing predictions, you'll want to see the latest 2020 Kentucky Derby picks from SportsLine's Jody Demling.
A fixture in the horse racing world who has been writing about, talking about and betting on races for years, Demling enters the 2020 Kentucky Derby on a major heater on his horse racing picks. He has the picked the winner in six straight races: the Saudi Cup, Gotham Stakes, Rebel Stakes, Louisiana Derby, Florida Derby and Belmont Stakes. At the Belmont, the first Triple Crown race of 2020, Demling called Tiz the Law the class of the field and he pulled away for a convincing victory.
This is the same handicapper who hit the Oaks-Derby double at Churchill Downs nine times in the last 11 years. That means he held a ticket with the winners of both the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby all but twice in his last 11 tries. Anyone who has followed him is way up.
Now, Demling has released his early 2020 Kentucky Derby picks, predicting where every horse will finish. He's sharing all of it at SportsLine.
2020 Kentucky Derby expert predictions
One surprise: Demling is fading Uncle Chuck, even though he's one of the favorites at 10-1. The Bob Baffert-trained colt finished a disappointing sixth in the Travers Stakes over the weekend, a race won by 2020 Kentucky Derby favorite Tiz the Law.
Uncle Chuck earned a maiden special weight victory on June 12 and then outran stablemate Thousands Words at the Los Alamitos Derby on July 4. Both efforts pleased the owners who paid $250,000 for Uncle Chuck at the 2018 Keeneland September Yearling Sale. Despite those two strong racing performances, Demling says Uncle Chuck looked sharp in a "a pretty weak field" in the Los Alamitos Derby and doesn't recommend including the horse in your 2020 Kentucky Derby bets.
Another shocker: Demling is high on Cezanne, even though he's a 20-1 long shot in the latest Kentucky Derby odds 2020. He's a target for anyone looking for a huge payday. Cezanne already has two victories under his saddle this season, winning a maiden race at Santa Anita in June and earning a two-turn victory as a 1-10 favorite on July 2 at Los Alamitos.
The Bob Baffert-trained colt ran strong and was only 1 1/2 lengths off the winning pace at the Shared Belief Stakes on Aug. 1. The son of two-time Horse of the Year Curlin out of Achieving, Cezanne could well live up to his $3.65 million purchase price at Churchill Downs. Demling loves Cezanne, calling the colt "dazzling," and believes he's one of the horses you should back in your 2020 Kentucky Derby bets.
How to make 2020 Kentucky Derby picks
In addition, Demling is high on a double-digit long shot who benefits big-time from the Kentucky Derby 2020 being moved to September. He's only sharing which horse to back, and his entire projected 2020 leaderboard, here.
Which horse wins the Kentucky Derby 2020? And which double-digit long shot is a must-back? Check out the latest 2020 Kentucky Derby odds below, then visit SportsLine to see Demling's picks for the 2020 Kentucky Derby, and find out.
2020 Kentucky Derby odds
Tiz the Law (5-2)
Art Collector (9-2)
Honor A.P. (5-1)
Uncle Chuck (10-1)
Dr. Post (20-1)
Country Grammer (30-1)
King Guillermo (30-1)
Max Player (30-1)
Shared Sense (30-1)
Sole Volante (30-1)
Attachment Rate (50-1)
Dean Martini (50-1)
Ete Indien (50-1)
Ny Traffic (50-1)