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Authentic Outduels Tiz the Law in the Kentucky Derby

Authentic Outduels Tiz the Law in the Kentucky Derby”

Trainer Bob Baffert secured his sixth Kentucky Derby win, tying the all-time record and jockey John Velazquez won the Kentucky Derby for the third time.

The coronavirus pandemic prevented fans from packing Churchill Downs and pushed the Derby from the first Saturday in May to the first Saturday in September.

Tiz the Law had been the heavy favorite at 3/5 odds, while Authentic was at 8 to 1.

Then Baffert found himself down again, literally, getting knocked to the grass by a skittish Authentic in the winner's circle.

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"Yes! Yes!" Baffert shouted in the paddock, where he watched the race on the video screen.

He was bummed before the horses left the paddock after Thousand Words reared up and fell on its side, getting disqualified and injuring Baffert's assistant trainer. There will be 16 horses in the field. "He's in an ambulance", Baffert said as tears welled in his eyes. Authentic defeated Honor A.P.in the GII San Felipe S.in March, but saw the latter turn the tables in the GI Santa Anita Derby in June when racing resumed in California. The field of 15 was the smallest since 1998.

He noted that Authentic had actually been wearing the garland of roses for about five minutes before he got antsy and knocked Baffert to the turf, hypothesizing that it might have been something at that spot on the track near the winner's stage - and not the long ribbons - that bothered the Derby victor.

It marked the third time in the history that the Run for the Roses has been held outside of May and first time since 1945.



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