Top 5 Kentucky Derby-Prep Finishers To Make A Cut
In The Run For The Roses
The Derby-prep races are horse racing competitions, a trail that horses need to complete before running
in the Kentucky Derby. They are only qualified to contend in the Run For The Roses if they reached a
minimum of 20 qualifying points accumulated from these Derby-prep races. During the first and second
quarters of this year, prep races were completed, and it determined the few horses who would earn an
automatic spot in the Kentucky Derby. In fact, some of them had saddled up in the recently concluded
Belmont Stakes and ended great. The Derby is their next target to vie for another prestigious horse racing
accomplishment. Although it’s still a few more months away before the Run For The Roses will take place,
the intensity of the competition is getting higher. To give you a little spice of excitement in the
2020 KentuckyDerby, here are some Derby-prep top finishers you need to watch out as one of them can
bring home the bacon.
Tiz The Law
Tiz The Law started his horse racing career at Saratoga when he competed and won at the Maiden Special Weight.
After that, Barclay Tagg, his trainer, sent him to Belmont Park to contend in the Champagne Stakes, which he
managed to win the title right away. During the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes, he only took home third place.
In the starting quarter of this year, Tiz The Law was in his best form to saddle in some Derby-prep races. Last March
28, he wrestled at the Florida Derby without disappointing his fans and took the cake without a hitch. He was also a
Holy Bull Stakes superstar last February 1. Not only that, Tiz The Law is the winner of the Belmont Stakes this year
and will head on the Derby to vie for a winning Triple Crown streak.
Authentic might have missed the Belmont Stakes this year but will surely bounce back in the Kentucky Derby this
September. He is Bob Baffert’s entry, who does not want to miss the most colorful horse racing this year. Aside
from that, Authentic is a well-accomplished racehorse and is a tough Derby contender to look out for. He was one
of the horses who participated in some notable Derby-prep races earlier this month. After he competed at the Sham
Stakes last January 4, where he won the title, he jousted at San Felipe Stakes and took first place. Last June 6, 2020,
he joined in the Santa Anita Derby and finished in the 3rd spot.
Just as the fans thought that Sole Volante was not ready for the Triple Crown races, he surpassed the Belmont Stakes
last June and ended in 6th place. This Patrick Biacone’s entry hits an impressive debut finish at Belmont Park,
which helps them decide to contend in the upcoming Kentucky Derby. Like the racehorses mentioned above, he
was also one of the excellent Derby-prep finishers to watch out in the Run For The Roses. Sole Volante took part in
the Mucho Macho Man Stakes and placed third, but bounced back at Sam F. Davis stakes where he got the first spot.
Last March 7, 2020, he participated at the Tampa Bay Derby, where he got second place.
Trained by John A. Shirreffs, Honor A.P. also missed the Belmont Stakes but headed to Churchill Downs
participating in the upcoming Kentucky Derby. He is one of the dark horses to watch out in the Derby as he brings
an impressive racing f orm, to begin with. Although he only finished four racing games since his birth, all of these
ended in significant placements. Honor A.P has only completed two Derby-prep racing games in the last few
months, yet it helped him to get a sure spot at Churchill Downs. Last March 7, 2020, he clashed at the San Felipe
Stakes, where he got second place. However, this colt didn’t stop in saddling and decided to run at Santa Anita
Derby last June 6, 2020, and impressively won the title.
Enforceable is another Kentucky Derby hopeful who tallied a well-accomplished Derby-prep racing record. He is
also one of the racehorses who will try his luck in the upcoming Derby after missing the Belmont Stakes. This colt
is trained by Mark Casse, who made nine racing finishes since birth. After garnering a third-place finish in the
Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity last year, he played at the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes clinching the fourth spot. He
then headed on the Derby trails starting with Lecomte Stakes, where he won the title. Aside from that, he ended fifth
place at the Louisiana Derby and second place in the Risen Star Stakes.
The Derby-prep races are great venues for Kentucky Derby hopefuls to seal an impressive horse racing record to
compete in the Run For The Roses. So, as the Derby proceeds by September, make sure to keep an eye with the five
horses above as one of them can hit a home run.