2020 Preakness Stakes Horses, Predictions & Odds: Bob Baffert to Regain Winning Touch with Authentic

The 145th edition of the Preakness Stakes has arrived later than expected, but the 2020 race will finally take place at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland, on Saturday.

Two different winners in the Kentucky Derby (Authentic) and the Belmont Stakes (Tiz the Law) means no Triple Crown will be handed out this year, though that’s where the certainties end ahead of the crescendo.

Racing reporter Scott Wykoff gave an overview of the course as contenders continued to arrive at Pimlico this week, with 11 runners in the field set to compete for “The People’s Race”:

Preakness Stakes Horses & Favorites 2020

Authentic won the Kentucky Derby by a length and a quarter and comes back into the field as +180 favorite. Four of the past 10 Derby victors have gone on to win the Preakness, not to mention trainer Bob Baffert has clinched this particular title a joint-record seven times in his career.

Tiz the Law won’t be back to compete at Pimlico, but Authentic proved his pace in style when he blitzed the Belmont winner down the stretch at Churchill Do

wns. If Baffert’s main entry can get the better of such esteemed competition, it spells bad news for Saturday’s competition, even despite being posted out at the No. 9 spot.

Swiss Skydiver will be another worth watching as she aims to become only the sixth filly to win the Preakness Stakes. Experienced jockey Robby Albarado won the Preakness in 2007 and will pilot the +600 newcomer, who finished second to Art Collector in the Blue Grass Stakes on July 11 but since sealed a Grade 1 win at the Alabama Stakes in mid-August.

Trainer Steve Asmussen will curry favor with three entrants at the Preakness, but it’s Baffert’s other contender, Thousand Words, who gets out other pick for the podium at +600. Baffert has a proven record in this race and rarely brings horses just for the experience, giving Thousand Words every chance of sealing back-to-back wins from the middle of the field.

2020 Preakness Stakes Prediction

Predicted Top Three: Authentic (+180), Swiss Skydiver (+600), Thousand Words (+600)

Preakness Stakes Post Positions, Odds

Post Position

Horse

Odds

1

Excession

+3000

2

Mr. Big News

+1200

3

Art Collector

+250

4

Swiss Skydiver

+600

5

Thousand Words

+600

6

Jesus’ Team

+3000

7

Ny Traffic

+1500

8

Max Player

+1500

9

Authentic

+180

10

Pneumatic

+2000

11

Liveyourbeastlife

+3000

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