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Storm the Court, Nadal, Charlatan Aim for Derby Position in Arkansas

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The first Saturday in May should have brought the 146th running of the Kentucky Derby. Then COVID-19 intervened.

Instead, May 2 will bring an important Derby prep race, albeit four months before the Run for the Roses’ new date on Sept. 5. And it will bring a wrinkle.

Oaklawn Park officials will split the 1 ⅛-mile Grade I into two 11-colt divisions with $500,000 in prize money and 170 points good for Kentucky Derby entry available in each segment. Each winner will earn 100 entry points, with subsequent finishers taking 40, 20 and ten.

The Arkansas Derby on Saturday was originally scheduled for April 11. Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas has been one of the few tracks in the United States to maintain a live meet without spectators.

“We’re trying to make the best of a very, very difficult situation,” Oaklawn President Louis Cella said. “On the one hand, it is the worst of times to be racing without fans in our grandstand. On the other, we have a large number of exceptional 3-year-olds wanting to run in our Arkansas Derby. We simply did not want to see anyone lose that opportunity.”

Arkansas Derby details

The second race, which is slated to go to post at 6:43 p.m. CST, features greater star power in Breeder’s Cup juvenile champion Storm the Court and unbeaten Nadal, trained by Bob Baffert. The five-time Kentucky Derby-winning trainer has untested and undefeated Charlatan in the first race, which is scheduled for 5:29 p.m. CST on Fox Sports 1, TVG and NBC Sports.

Nadal has already won at Oaklawn, having claimed the Grade II Rebel Stakes on March 14.

For Arkansas Derby betting, Charlatan will break from the first post as the even-money favorite. Nadal, starting in the fifth slot, is the 5-2 favorite in the second race with Storm the Court third pick from the third gate in what is currently the last Derby prep scheduled. Churchill Downs officials are exploring adding more with so much time remaining until the rescheduled date.

“We’re in the midst of an unprecedented year,” Churchill Downs racetrack President Kevin Flanery said. “We recognize that there are numerous 3-year-olds currently in training with limited racing opportunities, and our prominent partner Oaklawn Park is in a unique and important position to immediately fill a void for horsemen. An extension of the Road to the Kentucky Derby will continue to evolve in the weeks ahead.”

Much to the dismay of horse bettors, this year will mark just the second time that the Derby has been moved from its traditional May slot.

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Futures Bets Unveiled Ahead Of 2020 Kentucky Derby Race

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If you’re like any other Kentucky Derby fiend and can’t wait till May to put on your derby day attire, sip mint juleps and wager on that special horse you’ve had your eye on, you will be happy to hear you can place a futures bet early.

The 2020 Kentucky Derby is the 146th running of the race and will take place on Saturday, May 2.

Kentucky Derby betting Futures

Futures bets traditionally take place before the start of a season, like selecting the winner of the 2020 World Series or who will be the 2020 NFL MVP.

The Kentucky Derby and Oaks Futures Wager is an opportunity for fans to bet early on which horse they think will earn a spot in the starting gate and go on to win the race, according to a press release.

Betting opens on Friday, March 6 at 12 p.m. ET, and goes till 6 p.m. ET Sunday, March 18.

Here’s more from the release:

“Future Wager bets typically offer larger payouts than betting the same horse on race day because it is not yet known which horses will ultimately qualify to run in the Derby. This Future Wager offers 24 potential contenders to bet on. 23 are individually named horses and the 24th option is a bet on “all others”. A bet on “all others” will win if any horse other than the 23 individually named in this pool wins the Kentucky Derby.”

Customers can head over to TVG where they can watch horse races from over 150 tracks across the country and place bets from their computer or mobile device.

2020 Kentucky Derby favorites

According to the current list distributed by the Kentucky Derby, Tiz the Law closed with 8-1 odds and is the current favorite after winning the Holy Bull Stakes on Feb. 1.

Seven horses have 30-1 odds with three horses currently holding 50-1 odds. Last year’s winner, Country House, had 30-1 odds, the highest since 2012 when I’ll Have Another won at 15-1. If you’re looking for a super long shot, you should be reminded that the last time a horse won with odds 50-1 or greater was in 2009 when Mine That Bird won at 51-1.

Regardless of where your head or your heart tells you to place your money, this should be exciting news for casual and experts bettors alike. With 58 days till the Greatest Two Minutes in Sports be sure to get your wagers in soon.

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