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145th Preakness Stakes Betting Odds
The Preakness Stakes doesn’t have quite the same prestige as the Kentucky Derby, but the second leg of the Triple Crown is one year older than the Derby. The Run for the Black-Eyed Susans first took place in 1873, but it has a much rockier history than the first leg of the Triple Crown. In recent years, there were concerns that the race could be moved or shut down entirely until an agreement was reached that will keep the race at Pimlico Race Course for the foreseeable future.
2020 Preakness Stakes At a Glance
Date: Saturday, October 3, 2020
Race Distance: 1 3/16 Miles
Record: 1:53 (Secretariat, 1973)
Purse: $1.5 million
Qualification: Three-year-old thoroughbreds
Preakness Stakes Betting Odds
|2020 PREAKNESS STAKES ODDS TO WIN (SEP 10)
||Tiz the Law +150
||Art Collector +450
|Honor A.P. +600
||Thousand Words +1000
||Happy Saver +1200
|King Guillermo +1400
||Dr. Post +1400
|Max Player +1600
||Mystic Guide +1600
|Ny Traffic +2000
||Money Moves +2000
After winning the Kentucky Derby in convincing fashion, Authentic is the early favorite to win the 2020 Preakness Stakes. A win for Authentic would make Bob Baffert the all-time winningest trainer at the Preakness Stakes, so he would love to see this horse get the victory. He has now won four of the five graded stakes he has entered, finishing runner-up to Honor A.P. in his only loss, and he has posted a Beyer speed rating of 109 in consecutive races.
Tiz the Law is currently the second favorite after winning the Belmont Stakes and finishing second at the Kentucky Derby, but he seems unlikely to take part in the Preakness Stakes. Trainer Barclay Tagg has told reporters that he doesn’t want his horse to run in both the Preakness and the Breeders’ Cup Classic, and it appears that the Breeders’ Cup is Tagg’s preferred race.
Honor A.P. is considered questionable to run at Pimlico too. His connections were disappointed in the horse’s fourth-place finish at the Kentucky Derby, even though he had a very difficult run considering he was bumped out of the gate and never recovered. He has placed first, second, and fourth in his three graded stakes races, so he has to be considered a contender if he runs.
The last of the real contenders is Art Collector. He has yet to take part in a Triple Crown event this year, but he won the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes in July, and he looked even better at the Runhappy Ellis Stakes in August.
Preakness Stakes Winners (2000)
||War of Will
||Mark E. Casse
||D. Wayne Lukas
||I'll Have Another
||Lookin At Lucky
The great Secretariat still reigns supreme at the Preakness Stakes, but there have been some times where other horses have challenged his record time of 1:53.00. The closest calls came in 1985 and 1996 when Tank's Prospect and Louis Quatorze ran matching 1:53.40 times to win the Preakness Stakes.
Since 2000, the only horse to come anywhere near the record held by Secretariat was Curlin in 2007, and he ran that race in 1:53.46. Even when the great American Pharoah won the Preakness Stakes in his Triple Crown year in 2015, his time was 1:58.46, though it should be noted that the race was run in a driving rainstorm that day. Triple Crown winner Justify ran the race in 1:55.93 in 2018 and Cloud Computing won the Preakness Stakes in 1:55.98 in 2017. War of Will posted the best time at this track since Curlin last year though, finishing the race in a blistering 1:54.34.
Longest Odds To Win
It's hard to believe that there has never been a horse win the Preakness Stakes with a price of even 25 to 1 on his head. Master Derby is the longest shot to ever win the second leg of the Triple Crown at 23.40. Unlike the other legs of the Triple Crown where horses go off the board at 50 to 1 all the time and occasionally win, the Preakness Stakes rarely sees horses go off at those lofty odds. Oxbow, who was 15 to 1 in 2013, is largely considered to have pulled off one of the biggest upsets in Preakness Stakes history. Cloud Computing represented one of the bigger upsets in recent history as well at a price of 13.40 to win the 2017 Preakness Stakes.
Most Jockey Wins
||1941, 1948, 1950, 1951, 1955, 1957
||1985, 1990, 1994, 1995, 1996
||1873, 1876, 1883
||1956, 1964, 1969
||1875, 1879, 1880
||1997, 2001, 2013
||2002, 2014, 2015
||1998, 2002, 2016
Most of the jockeys you see on this list won the Preakness Stakes several times way back in the day. However, it isn't out of the ordinary to see an active jockey go on a bit of a run. The most famous run in recent times, of course, is Victor Espinoza, who won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes in consecutive years with California Chrome and American Pharoah respectively.
Kent Desormeaux won his third Preakness Stakes aboard Exaggerator in 2016, giving him a span of 18 years from his first Preakness victory until his third.
The record of six Preakness Stakes victories held by Eddie Arcaro figures to stand up for quite some time in the future though, as no active jockey has more than three career Preakness Stakes wins.
Most Trainer Wins
|R. Wyndham Walden
||1875, 1878, 1879, 1880, 1881, 1882, 1888
||1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2010, 2015, 2018
|D. Wayne Lukas
||1980, 1985, 1994, 1995, 1999, 2013
|Thomas J. Healey
||1901, 1922, 1923, 1926, 1929
||1930, 1935, 1955, 1957
||1947, 1948, 1956, 1958
R. Wyndham Walden and Bob Baffert hold the record for Preakness Stakes victories with seven. The record of seven by Walden stood for 120 years, but Baffert tied the record in 2018 with Justify’s win. D. Wayne Lukas has six Preakness Stakes wins. It's plausible for him to get his seventh as well, though it's been a while since he's trained a champion three-year old pony, and his options are incredibly limited at the end of his career.
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