By Emily Shields
Favored Authentic has arrived at Pimlico in Baltimore, Maryland, for the 2020 Preakness Stakes. 11 runners are set to go to the post in the $1 million race over 1 3/16 miles. It is usually the second leg of the Triple Crown, but nothing about 2020 is usual and the Preakness is not only in October, but also the final leg of the Triple Crown and a Win and You’re In prep for the 2020 Breeders’ Cup Classic.
The Bob Baffert-trained Authentic, by Into Mischief – Flawless, by Mr. Greeley, arrived on Tuesday evening after flying from Kentucky. Trainer Baffert led the horse to the stakes barn himself, and the $2.8 million earner looked good and fully of energy, whinnying several times to the other horses in the barn. Also arriving on the same flight was sophomore filly Swiss Skydiver, Authentic’s stablemate Thousand Words, Ny Traffic, Derby third-place runner Mr. Big News, and Authentic’s main threat in the Preakness, Art Collector.
Saratoga Grade 1 winner Swiss Skydiver is attempting to become the sixth filly to win the Preakness, and the first since Rachel Alexandra in 2009. On that occasion, the filly dug deep to beat Derby winner Mine That Bird at the wire.
Art Collector missed the Derby with a hoof injury, but has bounced back with strong workouts and was a leading contender for the Run for the Roses before his scratch. Thousand Words defeated Honor A. P., the only horse to ever beat Authentic, in the Shared Belief at Del Mar, but was forced to scratch in the paddock for the Derby when he reared up and flipped over.
The 2020 Preakness Stakes morning line odds as well as the field with jockeys and trainers is as follows:
- Excession: Steve Asmussen / Sheldon Russell 30 – 1
- Mr. Big News: Bret Calhoun / Gabriel Saez 12 - 1
- Art Collector: Tom Drury Jr / Brian Hernandez Jr. 5 - 2
- Swiss Skydiver: Ken McPeek / Robby Albarado 6 - 1
- Thousand Words: Bob Baffert / Florent Geroux 6 - 1
- Jesus’ Team: Jose Francisco D’Angelo / Jevian Toledo 30 - 1
- Ny Traffic: Saffie Joseph, Jr / Horacio Karamanos 15 - 1
- Max Player: Steve Asmussen / Paco Lopez 15 - 1
- Authentic: Bob Baffert / John Velazquez 9 - 5
- Pneumatic: Steve Asmussen / Joe Bravo 20 - 1
- Liveyourbeastlife: Jorge Abreu / Trevor McCarthy 30 – 1
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