2020 Kentucky Derby Contenders
Click on the individual profiles below to learn more about the top hopefuls in contention for the 2020 Kentucky Derby!
Keeler Johnson's Top 10 Derby Rankings
Each week during the Road to the Kentucky Derby, check out our top ten rankings for the leading contenders for the "Run for the Roses" by J. Keeler Johnson, a horse racing writer, blogger, videographer, handicapper, and all-around enthusiast.
Read some of Keeler's recent Kentucky Derby analysis:
Kentucky Derby Top 10: Honor A. P. still No. 1 - Aug. 4, 2020
Kentucky Derby Top 10: Pros and cons of the top contenders - Jul. 27, 2020
Kentucky Derby Top 10: Authentic flatters Honor A. P. - Jul. 20, 2020
Kentucky Derby Top 10: Art Collector impresses in Blue Grass - Jul. 13, 2020
Kentucky Derby Top 10: Uncharted waters - Apr. 1, 2020
Kentucky Derby Top 10: Californians are cream of the crop - Mar. 17, 2020
Kentucky Derby Top 10: Lose the battle, win the war - Mar. 10, 2020
Kentucky Derby Top 10: The winds of change - Mar. 3, 2020
Kentucky Derby Top 10: Fountain of Youth is can't-miss TV - Feb. 27, 2020
Kentucky Derby Top 10: Baffert is loaded for 2020 - Feb. 19, 2020
Kentucky Derby Top 10: Change is coming - Jan. 27, 2020
Kentucky Derby Top 10: Baffert unveils potential star - Jan. 20, 2020
Kentucky Derby Top 10: Each contender in a single word - Jan. 14, 2020
Under-the-Radar Kentucky Derby Contenders
From outside the ranks of the most highly regarded prospects, a less heralded contender will often emerge to make noise on the Road to the Kentucky Derby. Sometimes one of these upstarts even becomes a surprise champion. Have a look as handicapper and horse racing expert Keeler Johnson profiles many of these under-the-radar Derby prospects throughout the Road to the Kentucky Derby qualification process.
Most Recent Update: Under-the-radar Kentucky Derby contenders, volume 24 (July 14th, 2020)
Full Archive of 2020 Under-the-Radar Contender Updates:
Learn more about past Kentucky Derby editions and contenders
2019 Kentucky Derby Profiles
Performance of Keeler's Top Ranked Kentucky Derby Hopefuls in 2018
If you're a betting man or woman, you'll be interested to know that 3 of Keeler's top 4 horses in his final installment of 2018 (April 18th) finished 1-2-3 atop the leaderboard at last year's Derby.
If you'd played a boxed Trifecta using Keeler's final top 4 contenders at $2 a wager (24 possible combinations) in last year's Kentucky Derby, you'd have won $282.80 on a $48.00 bet. While past performance is never a guarantee of future results, we hope you enjoy this quality analysis of the top horses contending for this year's Derby each week as we get closer and closer to the big day.