Kentucky Derby Top 10: Each contender in a single word

Ready for a challenge? Rank your 10 favorite horses on the Road to the 2020 Kentucky Derby—then try to describe them in a single word.

Kentucky Derby contender profile: Authentic

Just how talented is Authentic, who joined the Road to the Kentucky Derby with an eye-catching victory in the $100,000 Sham Stakes (G3) on Jan. 4 at Santa Anita Park?

Kentucky Derby Top 10: Authentic joins the fray

The new year is underway and the Road to the 2020 Kentucky Derby has already taken a few interesting twists.

Kentucky Derby contender profile: Independence Hall

No matter how you slice it, Independence Hall is a talented prospect. He officially joined the Road to the Kentucky Derby with his dominant triumph in the one-mile Jerome Stakes on New Year’s Day at Aqueduct, though he already had racing fans abuzz with his promising juvenile performances.

2020 Kentucky Derby: Baffert’s new 3yos a formidable bunch

Need to get up to speed on all the talent in Bob Baffert’s barn? Here are some names to watch on the Road to the Kentucky Derby.

Kentucky Derby contender profile: Shoplifted

Shoplifted (outside) wins the Remington Springboard Mile Stakes. (Photo by Dustin Orona/Remington Park) Experience paid off for Shoplifted in the $400,000 Remington Springboard Mile Stakes on December 15. Although he wasn’t favored, Shoplifted produced a tenacious rally down the Remington Park homestretch to win the one-mile event by a head. The victory marked a significant rebound for Shoplifted and cemented the colt’s status as a contender on the Road to the Kentucky Derby. He earned $240,000 and 10 [...]

Kentucky Derby contender profile: Shotski

The unheralded Shotski sold for just $25,000 as a yearling, but with his triumph in the $250,000 Remsen Stakes (G2) on December 7 at Aqueduct, he has emerged as a genuine threat for next year’s classics.

Kentucky Derby contender profile: Thousand Words

Thousand Words knows how to win a driving finish—that much is certain. Whether he can give trainer Bob Baffert a sixth Kentucky Derby (G1) victory is another question entirely, but the colt took a big step toward that goal when he prevailed in a hard-fought edition of the $200,000 Los Alamitos Futurity (G2).

Kentucky Derby contender profile: Silver Prospector

Since he's a son of the talented turf horse Declaration of War, you might assume Silver Prospector is destined for a bright future on grass. Even Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen seemed to think so at one point.

Kentucky Derby contender profiles: Innisfree and Royal Dornoch

In recent years the only European-based trainer to consistently take aim at the Kentucky Derby has been Aidan O’Brien, who has saddled a half-dozen starters since 2002.