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The race in Louisville will have a smaller field than usual, no spectators and run as protests continue nearby after the police killing of Breonna Taylor in the city earlier this year.

The Kentucky Derby, usually held on the first Saturday in May, will run instead in September.
The Kentucky Derby, usually held on the first Saturday in May, will run instead in September.Credit…Christian Hansen for The New York Times
Joe Drape
By Joe Drape
Sept. 5, 2020, 12:01 a.m. ET

LOUISVILLE — The 146th running of the Kentucky Derby is going to be one of the strangest editions of America’s most famous race, beginning with the date of the race: The first Saturday in September rather than its traditional place on the calendar in May.

Like many other sporting events this year, the Derby will not have its usual crowd buzz or pageantry. No swells with pocket squares, or dressed up women in fancy hats. There will be no spectators present because of the coronavirus pandemic — or not many, at least, as horse owners will be allowed on the grounds.

The upended calendar, however, did open the door to some new trainers and horses with unusual credentials. The trainer Saffie Joseph Jr., for example, is here for the first time with a colt named Ny Traffic, who tuned up by running second in the Matt Winn and Haskell Stakes.

“The Derby means everything to me,” said Joseph, 33, a native of Barbados. “That’s why we came here. We hoped to one day win the Kentucky Derby, and now, to be in the position where we have a chance, we are very fortunate and blessed. We are just trying to take it all in.”

ImageA protest at Churchill Downs on Aug. 25. A coalition of activist groups has vowed to protest the race at a nearby park on Saturday.
A protest at Churchill Downs on Aug. 25. A coalition of activist groups has vowed to protest the race at a nearby park on Saturday.Credit…Amy Harris/Invision, via Associated Press
The race will go on, under protest.
With the Derby running in the city where Breonna Taylor was killed in her apartment by the police in March, it has become a focus of the Black Lives Matter movement. A coalition of activist groups has called for a boycott of the race and its sponsors. They have promised to conduct a peaceful protest in a park near Churchill Downs on Saturday.

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The racetrack’s leadership released a statement Thursday to explain their decision to hold the races.

“We know there are some who disagree with our decision to run the Kentucky Derby this year,” the statement said. “We respect that point of view but made our decision in the belief that traditions can remind us of what binds us together as Americans, even as we seek to acknowledge and repair the terrible pain that rends us apart.

“Our sport shares a disconcerting history that led to the exclusion of Black jockey participation through the years,” the statement continued. “The legacy of the Kentucky Derby begins with the incredible success of Black jockeys. We feel it is imperative to acknowledge the painful truths that led to their exclusion. Churchill Downs strongly believes in preserving and sharing the stories of the Black jockeys who are a critical part of this tradition. This is not a new commitment, but we continue to seek ways to share these stories and honor these athletes.”

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An African-American jockey, Oliver Lewis, won the inaugural Kentucky Derby in 1875. He claimed victory aboard Aristides, a horse trained by Ansel Williamson, who was born into slavery. In the years after the Civil War, Black jockeys dominated horse racing, winning 15 of the first 28 Kentucky Derbys and becoming celebrities, much like today’s N.B.A. stars.

In their statement, Churchill Downs officials hinted at changes.

“We recognize that people in our community and across our nation are hurting right now,” it said. “The atmosphere of the Kentucky Derby will be different this year as we respond to those calls for change. This will be a Derby unlike any other. As it should be.”

There was some speculation as to whether or not “My Old Kentucky Home” would be played as the horses come on to the track, as has been tradition since 1921. The song, written by Stephen Foster, has a complicated history. The original lyrics, according to Smithsonian Magazine, were not a tribute to the Old South but a condemnation of Kentucky slave owners “who sold husbands away from their wives and mothers away from their children.”

In a tweet Friday, the Churchill spokesman Darren Rogers said the song, indeed, would be part of the pre-race pageantry. But moment of silence will take place before the playing of the song.

“After careful consideration, My Old Kentucky Home will be played this year prior to the @KentuckyDerby,” Rogers posted on the racetrack’s official public relations account. “However, the 100-year tradition of singing the state song of Kentucky has been thoughtfully & appropriately modified & will be preceded by a moment of silence and reflection.”

Though the NFL and Kentucky Derby are never mentioned in the same sentence, 2020 has been anything but usual. Even though the 2020 Kentucky Derby will go off Saturday, Sept. 5 on the brink of Week 1 in the NFL, all eyes will be on Churchill Downs, where 16 of the top three-year-old horses will load up for the 146th Run for the Roses. Tiz the Law won the Belmont Stakes earlier this summer and is aiming to become just the 14th horse in history to win the Triple Crown and the first since Justify two years ago.

Tiz the Law didn’t get any favors at the post-position draw, and will break from the outside No. 15 post when the talented 2020 Kentucky Derby field goes to the gate at 7:01 p.m. ET. Tiz the Law is the 5-8 favorite in the latest 2020 Kentucky Derby odds from William Hill, with Honor A.P. at 5-1 and Authentic at 8-1 as other top 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 Thousand Words, even though he’s a long shot at 12-1. The $1 million yearling looked strong while winning the Shared Belief Stakes on Aug. 1 to reignite his chances at the Run for the Roses. A three-time winner early in his career, Thousand Words took a step backwards this spring in the San Felipe Stakes and Oaklawn Stakes, causing trainer Bob Baffert to shut him down completely for a month.

The time off clearly helped, as he ran second to Uncle Chuck in the Los Alamitos Derby before his successful journey at the Shared Belief. Goldberg believes that Thousand Words “may have drawn the best of all the contenders, and he can definitely hit the board,” providing an opportunity to spice up the payouts for your 2020 Kentucky Derby bets.

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
Authentic 8-1
Thousand Words 12-1
Ny Traffic 20-1
Enforceable 25-1
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

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