Derby Winner Authentic Favored To Take Down Preakness, Too

Written By Derek Helling on September 30, 2020 - Last Updated on March 15, 2024

On Saturday, Oct. 3, Pimlico Race Course will again host one of horse racing’s Triple Crown events. The late date of the 145th running of the race has an interesting effect on the Preakness Stakes odds.

Because the field has already run not only the Belmont Stakes and the Kentucky Derby plus a myriad of lower-profile races, there’s an abundance of information for horse bettors to use when making their picks this year. That data backs Kentucky Derby winner, Authentic.

The latest Preakness Stakes odds at TVG

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Authentic is TVG’s favorite to win the Preakness. NBC will begin its coverage at 3 p.m. CT, with post time set for 4:40 p.m. CT. You can stream the event live on the NBC Sports app with your TV provider log-in as well.

The Belmont Stakes winner, Tiz the Law, is skipping the Preakness. That makes Authentic an even more comfortable favorite as of Wednesday morning.

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

Handicappers like Authentic to win because he has gotten stronger as he has progressed this year. War of Will, who won the Preakness last year, followed a similar arc.

Authentic’s trainer, Bob Baffert, has a track record of producing horses that win both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness. As a matter of fact, Baffert trained all of the last four horses to win both races in the same year.

There’s a lot to like about Art Collector as the top challenger on Saturday. The horse is undefeated in four starts this year, for one thing. Art Collector looked great in the running up to the Kentucky Derby but a minor foot issue sidelined the horse.

Art Collector is healthy now, but some bettors might want to take on some more risk for a greater potential reward. There’s a horse in the middle of the pack that is drawing some attention as well, however. Like Authentic, this colt might be peaking at the right time.

A max effort from Max Player on Saturday?

If Max Player doesn’t come away with a Triple Crown win this year, it won’t be for lack of trying. Max Player will be the only horse to start the Belmont, Kentucky Derby, and the Preakness this year if it does in fact run on Saturday.

After showing at the Belmont, Max Player took fifth at the Derby. Last week, the horse took third at the Travers Stakes. Max Player also has a win on this year’s résumé, although that came all the way back in February at the Wither Stakes.

While the horse may not outrun Art Collector Authentic, it seems a prime pick to finish in the top five. What’s for sure this year is that there is plenty of opportunities for bettors to handicap the field.

Read expert columns, watch horses’ earlier races, and place your bets before Saturday afternoon. If you wager wisely, all your effort and time spent gathering information will pay off.

Photo by AP / Matt Slocum
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Derek Helling is a lead writer for PlayUSA and the manager of BetHer. He is a 2013 graduate of the University of Iowa and covers the intersections of sports with business and the law.

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