Last Updated on October 3, 2020
Odds on the 2020 Preakness Stakes are out and there are two favorites ahead of the field right now. Authentic and Art Collector are going off at 9/5 and 5/2, respectively, with a host of other horses trailing behind.
This year’s Triple Crown is different than ever before. Due to the outbreak of coronavirus, the horse racing schedule was significantly altered. The Belmont Stakes took place in late June, with the Kentucky Derby in early September, and now the Preakness Stakes will close out the Triple Crown in October. It’s a bizarre kind of year for horse racing, but that’s true for everything in 2020.
Tiz The Law, the horse that won the Belmont Stakes and finished second in the Kentucky Derby, won’t be running in the final leg of this year’s Triple Crown. With Tiz The Law winning the Belmont and Authentic winning the Kentucky Derby, there won’t be a Triple Crown winner this year. Since 2015, two horses, American Pharaoh and Justify, have won the Triple Crown.
Preakness Stakes odds via TVG.
Preakness Stakes Odds 2020
|2||Mr. Big News||Gabriel Saez||12-1|
|3||Art Collector||Brian Hernandez Jr.||5-2|
|4||Swiss Skydiver||Robby Albarado||6-1|
|5||Thousand Words||Florent Geroux||6-1|
|6||Jesus’ Team||Jevian Toledo||30-1|
|7||NY Traffic||Horacio Karamanos||15-1|
|8||Max Player||Paco Lopez||15-1|
The Favorite: Authentic
Authentic is the favorite in the Preakness Stakes for a reason. His performance at the Kentucky Derby was eye-opening and he’s going up against a field that won’t include Tiz The Law. Taking two out of three Triple Crown races would be a major accomplishment and it definitely feels like it’s possible.
Johnny Velazquez is one of the best jockeys around and he has five American Classic wins under his belt. However, a win in the Preakness Stakes is the one that has eluded him throughout his career. With Authentic running so well and Tiz The Law’s drop out, this could be the best chance for Velazquez to get the monkey off his back.
The Contender: Art Collector
This will be the first Triple Crown race Art Collector runs this year, but don’t sleep on this horse. Although a win at the Runhappy Ellis Park Derby in August was the last time he ran, Art Collector should be in good shape to challenge Authentic at Pimlico. The plan was to have Art Collector run at the Kentucky Derby, but a minor foot injury caused the horse’s handlers to pull him out.
With that said, the horse is healthy and fresh entering this weekend. The owners, trainers, jockey, and everyone else involved with the horse is hoping that the Kentucky Derby bummer will be overshadowed by a win in the Preakness.
The Longshot: NY Traffic
NY Traffic put forth a disappointing effort in the Kentucky Derby, finishing eighth and well behind the leaders. It was not the showing that everyone expected from NY Traffic, but the horse will have a shot at redemption in the Preakness Stakes. In four of his five races this year, NY Traffic has finished in the money.
Nevertheless, he still doesn’t have a win under his belt this year. For that reason alone, NY Traffic might be a good longshot to bet to place or show, but he might not the horse ou bet to win.
The Pick: Authentic
It’s not the sexy pick, but we’re sticking with the favorite here. Authentic’s impressive performance in the Kentucky Derby combined with Johnny Velazquez’s pedigree makes him the pick this weekend.