The third and final leg of the US Triple Crown takes place this weekend, and it will signal the end of what has been a very unique racing season in terms of the event this season. The Preakness Stakes is typically the second event of the Triple Crown, but for this season only, it will be the final one. But, which horse is the strongest contender for the Preakness Stakes 2020?
When: Saturday 3rd October 2020
Where: Pimlico Race Course, Baltimore
How To Watch: NBC Sports
Preakness Stakes 2020 Odds
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Preakness Stakes Trends
There have been a number of exciting winners in the 144 instalments of this race, and there are a number of trends that gamblers should be aware of before the running of this race. Victor Espinoza has won two of the preview six meetings, but the last of those came in 2015.
This race has been won by a first-time winner in each of the last two years. Tyler Gaffalione rode home War of Will in last year race, which also saw the three-year-old win the Preakness Stakes with the quickest time in 12 years. Bob Baffert has trained the winner three times in the past ten years, while Mark E. Casse was the winning trainer last season.
Preakness Stakes 2020 Preview
Authentic will start as the market-leader in the field, having won four from five starts this season for trainer Bob Baffert. The biggest of those victories came last time out as he won the Kentucky Derby from Tiz The Law. There have been four horses in the past ten years to have won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes in the same season.
Mr Big News finished third in that race, and really struggled to keep up with the pace that was set down the final stretch by the two favourites. The W Bret Calhoun-trained horse last won at Oaklawn Park back in April. Art Collector and Swiss Skydiver will likely be the two main contenders for the Preakness Stakes, alongside Authentic.
Art Collector is rightly considered the second favourite having won his last five races. However, this will be his first step up to Grade 1. His most noteworthy win to this point came in the Grade 2 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes back in July. However, there is a sense that this could be his opportunity to show that he can compete with the very best.
Swiss Skydiver finished second in that same Grade 2 race, but has won four from six starts this season. In the races that he hasn’t won, he has finished second. Unlike, Art Collector, Swiss Skydiver has won one Grade 1 this season. He has also won two Grade 2’s and one Grade 3. Kenneth McPeek would be a first time winning trainer in this race, while Robby Albarado is also yet to win the Preakness Stakes. However, we believe that will change this weekend.