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Authentic holds off hot favourite Tiz the Law to win Kentucky Derby

Los Angeles: Authentic held off a late challenge from favourite Tiz the Law to win the Kentucky Derby on Saturday at Churchill Downs and give Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert a record-tying sixth win in the annual ‘Run for the Roses’.

Authentic, ridden by John Velazquez, set the early pace and maintained his speed down the stretch in the 2000m classic, which was held without spectators due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Authentic, with John Velazquez in the saddle, leads the Kentucky Derby field past the first turn en route to an upset win at Churchill Downs.

Authentic, with John Velazquez in the saddle, leads the Kentucky Derby field past the first turn en route to an upset win at Churchill Downs.Credit:Getty

Belmont Stakes winner Tiz the Law looked well placed to overhaul the 8-1 shot as they made it around the final turn but could not close the gap and finished second in the 146th running of the race.

Mr. Big News, a 46-1 longshot, was third in the 15-horse race.

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