Swiss Skydiver (4), with Robby Albarado aboard, wins the 145th Preakness Stakes horse race at Pimlico Race Course, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

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A month ago, Authentic was the Kentucky Derby spoiler in a thrilling head-to-head faceoff with Tiz the Law. 

Swiss Skydiver gave Authentic a taste of its own medicine Saturday. The filly outlasted Authentic by a neck to take home the 2020 Preakness Stakes, concluding the Triple Crown cycle with three different winners for each race.  

Swiss Skydiver is the first filly to win a Triple Crown race since Rachel Alexandria in 2009 and just the 12th in horse racing’s history. Six fillies have won the Preakness, making it the likeliest Triple Crown race to produce a female winner.

2020 Preakness Stakes Finish/Payout

1. Swiss Skydiver ($600,000)
2. Authentic ($200,000)
3. Jesus’ Team ($110,000)
4. Art Collector ($60,000)
5. Max Player ($30,000)
6. Excession
7. Mr. Big News
8. Thousand Words
9. NY Traffic
10. Pneumatic
11. LiveYourBeastLife

“Just a real honor to be around a horse like this,” trainer Kenny McPeek told reporters after the reace. “It’s a special moment.”

Swiss Skydiver and Authentic turned in a classic head-to-head battle, with no other horse coming within 10 lengths of the two. Swiss Skydiver was able to get to the inside rail after Authentic jockey John Velazquez moved to the outside and took advantage to take the lead in the final stretch and hold off the Bob Baffert-trained colt.

Jesus’ Team, who came into the race as a 40-1 underdog, finished third. Art Collector turned in a disappointing effort to finish fourth. Many considered Art Collector as the best challenger to Authentic with Tiz the Law sitting out the final leg of the Triple

Jockey John Velazquez riding Authentic, right, crosses the finish line ahead of Jockey Manny Franco riding Tiz the Law to win the 146th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

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Authentic is the favorite in the 2020 Preakness Stakes after his upset victory over Belmont Stakes winner Tiz the Law in the Kentucky Derby last month.

Saturday’s race will mark the end of a unique Triple Crown season that’s coming to a close in early October rather than early June because of the coronavirus pandemic. Although the timeline has changed, the action on the track hasn’t lost any of its luster thanks to a strong three-year-old class.

Let’s check out all of the important information for the 145th edition of the Run for the Black-Eyed Susans, including a look at the full 11-horse field. That’s followed by a race preview.

                  

Key Details

Where: Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore

When: Saturday, Oct. 3 at 5:45 p.m. ET

Watch: NBC

Live Stream: NBC Sports Live

Prize Money: $1 million purse

                 

Race Field and Odds

1. Excession: 30-1

2. Mr. Big News: 12-1

3. Art Collector: 5-2

4. Swiss Skydiver: 6-1

5. Thousand Words: 6-1

6. Jesus’ Team: 30-1

7. Ny Traffic: 15-1

8. Max Player: 15-1

9. Authentic: 9-5

10. Pneumatic: 20-1

11. Liveyourbeastlife: 30-1

Morning-line odds via the race’s official website.

                 

Preakness Predictions

It wasn’t a surprise when Authentic surged to the front in the Derby but his ability to hold off Tiz the Law during the stretch run after setting the pace for nearly the entire race showed a level of endurance he hadn’t previously displayed, and it raises his outlook moving forward.

Expect jockey John Velazquez to utilize a similar game plan in the Preakness. The fact the final jewel of the Triple Crown is happening after a month-long break gives Authentic a better opportunity to duplicate his strong run at Churchill Downs, as well. So he’s the rightful favorite.

That

Jockey John Velazquez riding Authentic gallops to the finish line to win the 146th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

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In a matter of hours, the Preakness Stakes will bring down the curtain on the 2020 Triple Crown season.

Race organizers were probably bemoaning their bad luck as the Kentucky Derby unfolded. Authentic not only derailed Tiz the Law’s Triple Crown quest but also gave the Belmont Stakes winner little reason to make the trip to Baltimore.

Tiz the Law isn’t running in the Preakness, with his team instead focusing on the Breeders’ Cup Classic in November. That leaves Authentic as the clear favorite in the 11-horse field.

                       

Post Positions

  • 1. Excession (30-1)
  • 2. Mr. Big News (12-1)
  • 3. Art Collector (5-2)
  • 4. Swiss Skydiver (6-1)
  • 5. Thousand Words (6-1)
  • 6. Jesus’ Team (30-1)
  • 7. Ny Traffic (15-1)
  • 8. Max Player (15-1)
  • 9. Authentic (9-5)
  • 10. Pneumatic (20-1)
  • 11. Liveyourbeastlife (30-1)

Odds courtesy of the Preakness Stakes.

                  

Race Predictions

  • Win: Authentic ($900,000)
  • Place: Ny Traffic ($300,000)
  • Show: Thousand Words ($165,000)

           

As the odds illustrate, Authentic and Art Collector are commanding the lion’s share of attention heading into the race.

In addition to his Derby triumph , Authentic reeled off victories in the Sham, San Felipe and Haskell Stakes while running second to Honor A. P. in the Santa Anita Derby. Art Collector took first place in both of his graded stakes events this year (Blue Grass Stakes and Ellis Park Derby).

If recent history is any indicator, though, the likelihood of those two going first and second is slim.

The length of the race is likely one reason for

Jockey John Velazquez riding Authentic, right, crosses the finish line to win the 146th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

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The 2020 Preakness Stakes will be held Saturday without spectators at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore to close out an unprecedented Triple Crown season.

Authentic returns after winning the Kentucky Derby in early September. A rematch with Tiz the Law won’t happen Saturday, however, as the Belmont Stakes winner’s connections have instead pointed their colt toward the Breeders’ Cup Classic in November.

It’s still a talented field of three-year-old contenders with several legitimate challengers to Authentic. Let’s check out all of the key information for race day followed by a preview of the Run for the Black-Eyed Susans.

          

Key Information

Where: Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland

When: Saturday, Oct. 3 at 5:45 p.m. ET

Watch: NBC

Live Stream: NBC Sports Live

Prize Money: $1 million purse

         

Field and Odds

1. Excession: 30-1

2. Mr. Big News: 12-1

3. Art Collector: 5-2

4. Swiss Skydiver: 6-1

5. Thousand Words: 6-1

6. Jesus’ Team: 30-1

7. Ny Traffic: 15-1

8. Max Player: 15-1

9. Authentic: 9-5

10. Pneumatic: 20-1

11. Liveyourbeastlife: 30-1

Betting lines via the Preakness’ official website.

         

Race Preview

Authentic is the rightful Preakness favorite after an impressive showing in the Derby that saw him keep Tiz the Law, and the rest of the field, at bay for the entire stretch run.

It was his second straight terrific performance after a similarly dominant effort in July’s Haskell Stakes, which suggests he’s peaking at the perfect time and could join Tiz the Law as a Breeders’ Cup Classic contender with another strong showing in the Preakness.

In all, he’s won five of his six career starts, but Saturday’s Triple Crown finale likely won’t be a runaway.

Art Collector arrives off back-to-back impressive wins in the Blue Grass Stakes and Ellis Park Derby,

John Velazquez rides Authentic as they lead the pack into turn one in the 146th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs, Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

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The Triple Crown might not be in play in the 2020 Preakness, but there’s still a whole lot of money to be won. 

An 11-horse field led by Kentucky Derby winner Authentic will be in competition for a share of a $1 million purse at Pimlico Race Track in Baltimore on Saturday. 

The Preakness is the final jewel of the crown in a unique 2020 edition of the series. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Belmont became the first leg this year, while the Preakness was moved from its traditional middle spot to the finale. 

Belmont winner Tiz the Law was not entered in this race. Instead, his connections have moved their focus to the Breeders’ Cup Classic. However, Authentic will look to become the 24th horse to win both the Derby and the Preakness. 

Here’s a quick guide with everything you need to know to catch the final race. 

      

Preakness 2020 Start Time and TV Schedule

Date: Saturday, Oct. 3

TV: NBC (Coverage starts at 4:30 p.m. ET)

Live Stream: NBCSports.com

Post Time: 6:45 p.m. ET

Prize Money: $1 million, per Preakness Stakes

      

Coverage for the race begins at 4:30 p.m. ET and includes undercard races such as the traditional Black-Eyed Susan Stakes and a graded stakes race for three-year-old fillies. However, the 1 3/16-mile Preakness will be the main event and features a strong field. 

    

Post Positions and Odds

1. Excession 40-1

2. Mr. Big News 16-1

3. Art Collector 5-2

4. Swiss Skydiver 8-1

5. Thousand Words 8-1

6. Jesus’ Team 66-1

7. Ny Traffic 20-1

8. Max Player 20-1

9. Authentic 6-4

10. Pneumatic 25-1

11. Liveyourbeastlife 50-1

Odds via Oddschecker

       

Only 23 horses have won both the Derby and Preakness. Usually, that leads to a shot at the Triple Crown in the