Authentic edged heavy favorite Tiz the Law in a thrilling stretch duel to give trainer Bob Baffert a record-tying sixth Kentucky Derby victory at Churchill Downs on Saturday in a race that was postponed four months because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tiz the Law, the 3-5 favorite, was attempting to claim his second Triple Crown race of 2020. He won the Belmont Stakes on June 20.
Authentic broke slowly from the far outside but went to the lead by the first turn. Tiz the Law, breaking from the No. 17 post, stalked the pace before making his move to join the leader in the far turn.
The two colts battled through the stretch, with Authentic prevailing in 2:00.61 over the traditional 11/4-mile distance.
Authentic, son of Into Mischief, paid $18.80 to win. Jockey John Velazquez won his third Kentucky Derby.
Tiz the Law, ridden by Manny Franco, finished second. Mr. Big News, a 46-1 shot under Gabriel Saez, was third.
With his third Kentucky Derby win in six years, Baffert joined Ben Jones as trainers with six wins in the storied race.
Baffert-trained Thousand Words was scratched after nearly flipping over in the paddock about 30 minutes before post time.
Baffert previously won the Kentucky Derby with Triple Crown winners American Pharoah (2015) and Justify (2018) as well as Silver Charm (1997), Real Quiet (1998) and War Emblem (2002).