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)

Jeff Roberson/Associated Press

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,