On Saturday, a group of three-year-olds with aspirations of reaching the Kentucky Derby will leave the starting gate in the 2020 Santa Anita Derby at Santa Anita Park. Originally scheduled for April 4 before being pushed back due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 Santa Anita Derby field will feature a rematch between the top two finishers in the San Felipe Stakes: the Bob Baffert-trained Authentic and the John Shirreffs-trained Honor A.P.
Undefeated in three career starts, Authentic is the 4-5 favorite in the latest 2020 Santa Anita Derby odds. Honor A.P. is right behind Authentic at 9-5 in the 2020 Santa Anita Derby lineup. Post time is at 7 p.m. ET. With such a balanced field set to leave the starting gate, be sure to see the latest horse racing predictions from SportsLine's Hammerin' Hank Goldberg before making any 2020 Santa Anita Derby picks.
The former horse racing analyst for ESPN and NBC, Goldberg became a legendary handicapper by going straight to the source to get information for his horse racing picks. 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 long shot Birdstone to win and on top of his exacta, trifecta and superfecta bets. When Birdstone shocked the world, Hammer won $24,000. And in the San Felipe Stakes in March, Goldberg gave out a $20 exacta that paid $180.
Now, Goldberg has studied the 2020 Santa Anita Derby field and has released his picks, predictions and exotic bets. He's only sharing them here.
2020 Santa Anita Derby predictions
One surprise: Goldberg is fading Shooters Shoot, even though he's one of the favorites at 8-1. This three-year-old son of Competitive Edge has two wins, one second and one third in six career starts. He has won two straight races, a maiden special at Santa Anita Park on March 15 and an allowance race at Oaklawn Park on April 11.
However, Shooters Shoot is making a big step up in class on Saturday, making his stakes debut. "He's an allowance-type horse," Goldberg told SportsLine. Shooters Shoot is not among Goldberg's top three projected finishers and does not appear on any of his tickets. He's a horse to avoid with your 2020 Santa Anita Derby bets.
How to make 2020 Santa Anita Derby picks
Instead, Goldberg is high on a double-digit long shot. This horse is a proven winner at this distance, and Goldberg says and could light up the toteboard on Saturday. Goldberg's including this horse in his exactas, and so should you. He's sharing which horse to back only at SportsLine.
Which horse wins the Santa Anita Derby 2020? And which double-digit long shot shocks horse racing? Check out the latest Santa Anita Derby odds 2020 below, then visit SportsLine to see Goldberg's 2020 Santa Anita Derby picks, and find out.
2020 Santa Anita Derby odds
Honor A.P. (9-5)
Shooters Shoot (8-1)
Azul Coast (15-1)
Anneau d'Oro (15-1)
Friar's Road (20-1)