Kentucky Derby 2020 Odds: Mr. Big News

Kentucky Derby Horse Profile: Mr. Big News

By Ed McNamara

This deep closer with no Derby points will be one of the longest shots in the 18-horse field. His best race this year was a 46-1 upset April 11 on an off track in the Oaklawn Stakes.

If you like to put $2 on every Derby horse who’s 20-1 or higher, you’ll be hoping for rain and rooting for Mr. Big News.

Mr Big News Horse

Mr Big News – Courtesy of Coady Photography.

Owner Chester Thomas announced Monday that he would reroute his colt from the American Turf Stakes on the Derby undercard to the big race.

Mr. Big News’ last two workouts were on grass. Trainer Bret Calhoun said they’d been “keeping their options open,” adding that he thought Thomas “had a bad case of Derby fever the last couple days.”

On the plus side, Mr. Big News’ pedigree suggests that 1¼ miles should be less of a problem for him than for many of his opponents.

Profiles will be updated with morning-line odds and post position after the field is drawn on Tuesday, Sept. 1.    

Odds: TBD

Post position: TBD

Jockey: Gabriel Saez

Trainer: Bret Calhoun

Owner: Allied Family Stables

Career record: 7-2-1-0

Career earnings: $168,553

Top Equibase speed figure: 96

Kentucky Derby points: 0

Pedigree: Giant’s Causeway-Unappeased, by Galileo

Color: Bay

Running style: Deep closer

Notes: Gabriel Saez, 32, is an older cousin of Luis Saez, who finished first on Maximum Security in last year’s Derby but was disqualified for interference … In the 2008 Derby, Gabriel Saez rode the filly Eight Belles to a runner-up finish behind Big Brown. While galloping out, Eight Belles fractured her front ankles and had to be euthanized on the track … This will be Bret Calhoun’s second Derby starter – his first was in 2019, with By My Standards (11th).

(US Racing’s Kentucky Derby coverage will include profiles of the horses listed as probable for the race on Saturday, Sept. 5. Each day until the post-position draw on Tuesday, Sept. 1, US Racing will publish selected profiles of the contenders.)

2020 Kentucky Derby

Horse Trainers Jockey
Tiz the Law Barclay Tagg Manny Franco
Authentic Bob Baffert John Velazquez
Art Collector Tom Drury Brian Hernandez, Jr.
Honor A.P. John Sherriffs Mike Smith
Ny Traffic Saffie Joseph, Jr Paco Lopez
King Guillermo Juan Carlos Avilla Samy Camacho
Thousand Words Bob Baffert Florent Geroux
Money Moves Todd Pletcher Javier Castellano
Max Player Steve Asmussen Ricardo Santana, Jr.
Enforceable Mark Casse Adam Beschizza
Major Fed Greg Foley James Graham
Storm the Court Peter Eurton Julien Leparoux
Attachment Rate Dale Romans Joe Talamo
Sole Volante Patrick Biancone Luca Panici
Finnick the Fierce Rey Hernandez Martin Garcia
Winning Impression Dallas Stewart Joe Rocco, Jr.
Mr Big News Bret Calhoun Gabriel Saez
Necker Island Chris Hartman Miguel Mena