Preakness 2020 Picks

It’s October 3rd.


And we’ve got the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico!


Hard to believe, but it’s true. Usually the second leg, today the Preakness rounds out the third and final leg of the 2020 triple crown. It’s a weird year folks.


Tiz the Law, winner of the Belmont and Travers Stakes, will not be racing after he fell short in the Derby.


Here’s who will be racing:


1 - Excession 30-1

Jockey: Sheldon Russell

Trainer: Steve Asmussen


2 - Mr. Big News 12-1

Jockey: Gabriel Saez

Trainer: W. Bret Calhoun


3 - Art Collector 5-2

Jockey: Brian Hernandez Jr.

Trainer: Thomas Drury Jr.


4 - Swiss Skydiver 6-1

Jockey: Robby Albarado

Trainer: Kenneth McPeek


5 - Thousand Words 6-1

Jockey: Florent Geroux

Trainer: Bob Baffert


6 - Jesus’ Team 30-1

Jockey: Jevian Toledo

Trainer: Jose D’Angelo


7 - NY Traffic 15-1

Jockey: Horacio Karamanos

Trainer: Saffie Joseph Jr.


8 - Max Player 15-1

Jockey: Paco Lopez

Trainer: Steve Asmussen


9 - Authentic 9-5

Jockey: John Velasquez

Trainer: Bob Baffert


10 - Pneumatic 20-1

Jockey: Joe Bravo

Trainer: Steve Asmussen


11 - Liveyourbeastlife 30-1

Jockey: Trevor McCarthy

Trainer: Jorge Abreu


Analysis:


Swiss Skydiver is the only filly in the race. She’s also fast as lightning. I’m pulling for her 100% but am a little concerned that Tyler Gaffalione is not her jockey today (Tyler is out with illness).


Authentic is coming off the Derby win. I actually like Thousand Words more than Authentic in this race if I am choosing a Baffert horse, but it's close.


Art Collector is fast and beat Swiss by a length when they went head to head in the spring.


Bets:


4 - Across the Board


Trifecta Box - 4, 5, 9, 3


I know that’s a lot to box but I can't pick between those four horses and I'm afraid to go for the Super. Box these in a trifecta at $0.50 for a $12 bet.


Good luck. May the horse be with you. And enjoy the third leg of the crown. The Breeder's Cup is next in November.



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