Absolutely, but it is taking place later in the year than usual. The Kentucky Derby in 2020 is scheduled for Saturday, 5 September. It will return to it's regular schedule in 2021, being the first leg of the American Triple Crown in horse racing.
A maximum field of 20 horses running in the Kentucky Derby is allowed. Those with the highest number of points from the Road to the Kentucky Derby series receive entries. There are 35 qualifying races over a seven month period and in various states.
Yes, you can, and here is how to bet on the Kentucky Derby online. Top sportsbooks and betting websites will have a market available for most of the year leading up to it. This is called the Kentucky Derby futures betting or ante post market.
The prize money awarded to the winner of the last Kentucky Derby was approximately $1,800,000. Racehorse owners must pay a $25,000 entry fee for the Kentucky Derby. Once their horse goes into the starting gate, then they owe another $25,000 for the run.
Tiz The Law is the favorite for the 2020 Kentucky Derby following victories in the Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park, Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park and Travers Stakes at Saratoga.
Secretariat holds the track record for the Kentucky Derby at 1 minute, 59.4 seconds set in 1973. Secretariat also won the Triple Crown in 1973 and is considered by many one of the top racehorses of all time.