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146th Kentucky Derby Runs its Course in An “Authentic” Way

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Jockey John Velazquez riding Authentic gallops to the finish line to win the 146th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

It’s not always that a horse’s name actually predicts the winner of the Kentucky Derby.

But, that was the case on Saturday.

Authentic finished in first place in the 146th edition, which was delayed several months due to the coronavirus pandemic and was held without an audience in the stands.

The race really got down to the wire, as Tiz the Law, who had been the favorite to win, got quite close to passing the leading Bay Colt.

This gives Bob Baffert six Kentucky Derby victories, according to multiple reports from WLEX and the Associated Press.

It also represents his 16th triple crown victory, which places him at the most of all-time.

As for Authentic, he’s used to winning, having finish first in four of five races.

His jockey, Hall of Famer John Velazquez, now has his third Kentucky Derby win, after grabbing the top spot in 2011 and again three years ago.

Meanwhile, Tiz the Law was first in the Belmont Stakes, and had not lost since last November.