Preakness Stakes Expert Picks

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The 145th Preakness Stakes gets underway at Pimlico Race Course on Saturday, October 3, for the first time, marking the finale of the Triple Crown. With the race happening so late, there’s a chance that this will be one of the most exciting Preakness Stakes races in years.

The horses have painted a pretty clear picture given how late the Preakness Stakes is this year, with all the major prep races for the Kentucky Derby, the Belmont, the TVG Pacific Classic, and the Travers having already been run.

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Last year, the Preakness Stakes 2019 was run on Saturday, May 18, so this year’s fall race gives us an entirely different flavor, with Pimlico set to be brimming with horse racing fans. The Preakness will be Pimlico's biggest race of the season, and we intend to be fully involved from a wagering perspective.

2020 Preakness Free Picks and Predictions

A host of wager types are available for this and other races, although, as is usual with horse racing, the majority of wagers are expected tp be win bets—i.e., “betting on the nose.” Or, which horse will come in first.

While win, place, and show bets will be as popular as always on Saturday, October 3, the Preakness Stakes is one of the most competitive races, much like the Derby, and as such, there will be a great chance to get involved in the exotic bets.

Whether you’re new horse racing or a seasoned handicapper, once you have your pick or picks, the odds on the Preakness Stakes become important. After all, you want to get value for money. When thinking about a potential winning horse, there are plenty of variables to get your head around, but that’s why we’re here!

More information will be available on our contenders as the Preakness Stakes odds mature, especially after the Kentucky Derby has been run, but for now here are our early picks for the final Triple Crown race of 2020:



Our original choice, and now that he’s won the Derby, there is little need to change it. Authentic is heading to the top and is one of the horses with a great chance of coming first. The 144th Preakness Stakes last year was taken by War of Will, a real improving horse, and Authentic is on his way to perform similarly for the 2020 Preakness Stakes.

Our Derby pick had very nice odds at Churchill Downs, but an enterprising ride from the front by his jockey, John Velazquez, meant this horse could hold enough in reserve to fight back up the stretch having been headed by Tiz The Law. The way is clear for Authentic to place first in this race too.

He's currently in great shape and performs well in most of his races, so we could see a similar performance level from this son of Into Mischief. He could even get better as he heads for this race and the Breeders’ Cup Classic in November.


NY Traffic

Although this colt has been consistently beaten at the highest level and was in fact well behind in the Kentucky Derby, the pick of his form marks him out as Authentic’s chief rival.

He was second to the favorite in the TVG Haskell Stakes, a race run over 1 1/8 miles, and could find these conditions very much to his liking.

He was also a good second behind Maxfield, one of the most promising three-year-olds around before injury, so another performance like those two can put him in the frame once more


Art Collector

Having now put in two top-class performances, albeit not in official Grade I races, Art Collector has climbed the ladder and is ready to challenge.

His easy win in the Blue Grass Stakes from Swiss Skydiver marked him out as a potential Grade I winner, while he followed that up with another fluent success in the Ellis Park Derby which has prepared him perfectly for an assault on this race.


Authentic & NY Traffic

Authentic, at least in the absence of Maxfield and Nadal, looks to be the real class act of the sophomore’s despite Tiz The Law’s exploits, and given his close form with NY Traffic from the TVG Haskell it’s hard to imagine either of them out of the top three.

Betting these two looks like a relatively safe play in the Preakness.

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Take some time to look at the latest odds to see what sort of value you can get for your wagers, and check back regularly for more updates on this huge Maryland event.

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