By Emily Shields
The 2020 Preakness Stakes is just a day away, with 11 sophomore Thoroughbreds set to contest the third leg of the 2020 Triple Crown. They will go 1 3/16 miles for a purse of $1 million. The Preakness is one of 12 stakes races on the October 3 card at Pimlico, all of which can be wagered on with TVG.com.
- 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
Finding value in this year’s Preakness is difficult, as Authentic stands head and shoulders above the rest. The son of Into Mischief is trained by Bob Baffert, who seeks to break the record for most career Preakness wins with eight. Authentic has held his form all year, the only horse to ever defeat him has since been retired, and he appears to be thriving at the Maryland track following a strong Churchill Downs work earlier in the week.
Keying Authentic on top in exotic wagers makes sense, then find some value horses underneath. Horses such as Excession (30-1), Pneumatic (20-1), and Jesus’ Team (30-1) all have the ability to hit the board at big prices, especially if Art Collector (5-2) hasn’t fully recovered from his pre-Derby injury, or if Swiss Skydiver (6-1) is growing tired after an arduous campaign.
Ny Traffic (15-1) had an excuse of a lost shoe in the Derby, and ran the only poor race of the year. He was good enough to run Authentic to a nose two back, and if he is right he can definitely make some noise.
One horse to watch is the “other” Baffert, Thousand Words. He puts blinkers on after acting up in the Derby paddock and flipping over, necessitating his scratch. He won the Shared Belief in August after being a prized, unbeaten juvenile. Getting Bob Baffert in the Preakness at 6-1 or higher would be quite the feat.
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