Serpentine's front-running upset wins Epsom Derby for O'Brien

Serpentine's front-running upset wins Epsom Derby for O'Brien
Photo: Eclipse Sportswire

One week after breaking his maiden, Serpentine pulled a massive upset Saturday in the Group 1 Epsom Derby.

Going off at odds of 31-1 in U.S. markets, the Aidan O’Brien trainee went straight to the lead under jockey Emmet McNamara in the 1½-mile classic. Serpentine built a comfortable lead early on in the field of 16 3-year-olds, as Khalifa Sat, Amhran Na Bhfiann and Max Vega chased.

Serpentine widened his lead coming down the hill, building it out to an advantage of 12 lengths going around the final turn. There was never a doubt heading for home, as the Galileo colt powered on for a six-length score.

O’Brien scored his record eighth Epsom Derby victory on the same day he notched his eighth Epsom Oaks (G1) triumph. The trainer also won the race last year with Anthony Van Dyck.

The Epsom Derby marked only the fourth start of Serpentine’s career and his stakes debut. He made three maiden weight for age starts, collecting his first win June 27 at Curragh.

Khalifa Sat and Amhran Na Bhfiann, both also running Saturday at massive odds, finished second and third, respectively. They combined with winner Serpentine for a $1 exacta that paid $1,643.90 in U.S. markets and a $1 trifecta that returned $29,882.90.

2020 Epsom Derby (G1)

*Rating is based on HRN fan votes, which rank the Top Active Horses in training.
FinSilksHorse / SireRatingTrainer / JockeyLast Start / Next StartHRN
1st Serpentine
Galileo
6.67
A. O'Brien
E. McNamara
1st, 2020 Epsom Derby (G1) 
20-1
2nd Khalifa Sat
Free Eagle
A. Balding
T. Marquand
2nd, 2020 Epsom Derby (G1) 
30-1
3rd Amhran Na Bhfiann
Galileo
A. O'Brien
W. Buick
3rd, 2020 Epsom Derby (G1) 
80-1
4th Kameko
Kitten's Joy
5.87
A. Balding
O. Murphy
4th, 2020 Epsom Derby (G1) 
9-2
5th English King
Camelot
4.45
E. Walker
F. Dettori
5th, 2020 Epsom Derby (G1) 
7-2
6th Mogul
Galileo
4.45
A. O'Brien
R. Moore
6th, 2020 Epsom Derby (G1) 
9-2
7th Russian Emperor
Galileo
A. O'Brien
S. Heffernan
7th, 2020 Epsom Derby (G1) 
6-1
8th Vatican City
Galileo
A. O'Brien
P. Beggy
8th, 2020 Epsom Derby (G1) 
10-1
9th Gold Maze
Golden Horn
M. Harrington
D. Egan
9th, 2020 Epsom Derby (G1) 
200-1
10th Highland Chief
Gleneagles
P. Oliver
B. Curtis
10th, 2020 Epsom Derby (G1) 
15-1
11th Pyledriver
Harbour Watch
5.45
W. Muir
M. Dwyer
11th, 2020 Epsom Derby (G1) 
15-1
12th Mohican Heights
Australia
D. Simcock
A. Atzeni
12th, 2020 Epsom Derby (G1) 
18-1
13th Mythical
Camelot
A. O'Brien
J. Doyle
13th, 2020 Epsom Derby (G1) 
50-1
14th Max Vega
Lope De Vega
R. Beckett
H. Bentley
14th, 2020 Epsom Derby (G1) 
30-1
15th Emissary
Kingman
H. Palmer
J. Crowley
15th, 2020 Epsom Derby (G1) 
25-1
16th Worthily
Point of Entry
4.45
J. Gosden
M. Harley
16th, 2020 Epsom Derby (G1) 
30-1

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