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The Preakness Stakes 2020

The year 2020 has disrupted the schedule for sports and Thoroughbred racing is no exception. So, when the horses take to the racetrack at Pimlico in Baltimore, Md., on Oct. 3, everything except for the 1 3/16 miles of the race will be different.

The Preakness is usually the middle jewel of the Triple Crown. However, this year’s juggle has left it as the final leg. And because Authentic upset Tiz the Law in the Kentucky Derby — the second leg in 2020 — no Triple Crown will be on the line at Pimlico.

The first two legs of the Triple Crown had no fans in attendance due to Coronavirus pandemic. The Preakness will be no different as Pimlico will only be attended by those affiliated with the horses running in the race.

Preakness Stakes News

2020 Preakness Stakes – Oct. 3

Start Time: 6:45 p.m. ET
TV Broadcast: NBC
Online Stream:  NBC Sports 
Venue: Pimlico Race Course, Baltimore, Maryland
Distance: 1 3/16 miles
Track: Dirt
Horses: 3-year-old Thoroughbreds
Purse: $1,000,000

The Preakness Stakes’ History

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The interesting history of the Preakness Stakes began a few months before the outbreak of the Civil War in 1861. Maryland had the first run for the Woodlawn Vase, which is the trophy for the Preakness Stakes.

While the first Preakness Stakes was run in 1873 (won by 11-1 long shot, Survivor), the Woodlawn Vase was not given to the winner of the Preakness until Kalitan won in 1917; it has been awarded to the winner since.

The winner of the inaugural race was Milton Stanford’s Preakness (out of a seven-horse field). By 1873 Pimlico introduced another stakes race for 3-year-olds. The Governor of Baltimore, Maryland decided to name the race after the first winner at Pimlico. The Preakness Stakes was born.

Despite the importance of the Preakness Stakes to Pimlico, the Preakness has not always been run at Pimlico. In 1889 the racing industry changed and the Preakness Stakes moved to Morris Park in Bronx, NY. It then took three years off and was moved to Gravesend in Brooklyn, New York in 1894 until returning to Pimlico in 1909.

It was not until after the end of World War I that the Preakness would host its first eventual Triple Crown winner – Sir Barton, who won the then mile and an eighth race.

The great Secretariat set the track record in 1973. There have been five fillies to win the Preakness. As of this writing, Swiss Skydiver’s connections have not decided if she will tackle the boys.

How We Got Here

The 2020 Triple Crown started with the race that usually finishes the series, the Belmont. “The Test of the Champion” was raced at 1 1/8 miles rather than the usual 1 1/2 miles due to the schedule disruptions created by the pandemic. Tiz the Law was the favorite in the race and the New York-bred, ridden by Manny Franco, took the honors. That set Tiz the Law to Kentucky on the first Saturday in September for the Run for the Roses. He was coming off a victory in the Travers at Saratoga and was unable to continue his winning streak as Bob Baffert’s Authentic, the Haskell Memorial winner, got the best of Tiz the Law, who is passing on the Preakness to prepare for a run in the Breeders’ Cup Classic next month at Keeneland in Kentucky.

Preakness Futures


1 Excession +2800
2 Mr Big News +1200
3 Art Collector +200
4 Swiss Skydiver +500
5 Thousand Words +550
6 Jesus’ Team +2800
7 Ny Traffic +1400
8 Max Player +1300
9 Authentic +150
10 Pneumatic +1800

2020 Preakness Contenders


The winner of the Kentucky Derby in front-running fashion comes into the final jewel as a prohibitive favorite. It wouldn’t have been astonishing for trainer Bob Baffert to have skipped the Preakness to prepare for the Breeders’ Cup but this field isn’t taxing with the absence of Tiz the Law. Authentic worked toward the Preakness Stakes (G1) with a five-furlong move in :59 1/5 Sept. 19 at Churchill Downs.

Art Collector

Art Collector was considered the second choice to Tiz the Law for the Kentucky Derby before having to be scratched on the eve of the race. Art Collector “nicked the bulb of his left front heel with a hind hoof while galloping Monday at Churchill Downs.” Due to “horse racing’s strict medication rules,” the horse would not have been allowed to take an anti-inflammatory and begin to heal unless it pulled out of the Kentucky Derby.

Thousand Words

Thousand Words, another of the Baffert charges, created all sorts of news on Derby Day … for the wrong reasons. He reared up and flipped over backward as the horses were getting ready to go on the track for the post parade. In the incident, Baffert’s longtime assistant trainer Jimmy Barnes was caught up and fractured a wrist in multiple places, requiring surgery.


King Guillermo

King Guillermo won the Tampa Bay Derby at long odds. This horse is best known for his owner, former MLB All-Star Victor Martinez. He was entered in the Kentucky Derby but was scratched prior to the race. If 100%, King Guillermo could be a live longshot to eyeball in the Preakness Stakes.

Happy Saver

There always is a Maryland or local horse in the Preakness and this year is no exception. Happy Saver won the Frederico Tesio in September, a race that usually sets 3-year-olds up for a run in the Preakness. He was 1-5 in the Tesio and won by a couple of lengths over Monday Morning Quarterback. This field will provide a sterner test.

Mystic Guide

The Jim Dandy is one of the top 3-year-old races at Saratoga. In any other year, it would be a prep for the Travers Stakes. The race was run at the end of the meet in September, setting it up as a Preakness prep. Mystic Guide and Jose Ortiz captured the Jim Dandy in impressive fashion. Another horse to watch carefully as the challengers get ready to face Authentic.

Preakness Stakes Past Champions

Year Horse Name Jockey
2019 War of Will Tyler Gaffalione/td>
2018 Justify Mike Smith
2017 Cloud Computing J. Castellano
2016 Exaggerator Kent Desormeaux
2015 American Pharoah V. Espinoza
2014 California Chrome V. Espinoza
2013 Oxbox G. Stevens
2012 I’ll Have Another M. Guiterrez
2011 Shackleford J. Castanon
2010 Lookin At Lucky Martin Garcia
2009 Rachel Alexandra Calvin Borel
2008 Big Brown K. Desormeaux
2007 Curlin R. Albarado
2006 Bernardini J. Castellano
2005 Afleet Alex Jeremy Rose
2004 Smarty Jones S. Elliott
2003 Funny Cide J. Santos
2002 War Emblem V. Espinoza
2001 Point Given G. Stevens
2000 Red Bullet J. Bailey
1999 Charismatic C. Antley
1998 Real Quiet K. Desormeaux
1997 Silver Charm G. Stevens
1996 Louis Quatorze P. Day
1995 Timber Country P. Day
1994 Tabasco Cat P. Day
1993 Prairie Bayou M. Smith
1992 Pine Bluff C. McCarron
1991 Hansel J. Bailey
1990 Summer Squall P. Day
1989 Sunday Silence P. Valenzuela
1988 Risen Star E. Delahoussaye
1987 Alysheba C. McCarron
1986 Snow Chief A. Solis
1985 Tank’s Prospect P. Day
1984 Gate Dancer A. Cordero, Jr.
1983 Deputed Testamony D. Miller, Jr.
1982 Aloma’s Ruler J. Kaenel
1981 Pleasant Colony J. Velasquez
1980 Codex A. Cordero, Jr.
1979 Spectacular Bid R. Franklin
1978 Affirmed (T) S. Cauthen
1977 Seattle Slew (T) J. Cruguet
1976 Elocutionist J. Lively
1975 Master Derby D. McHargue
1974 Little Current M. Rivera
1973 Secretariat (T) R. Turcotte
1972 Bee Bee Bee E. Nelson
1971 Canonero II G. Avila
1970 Personality E. Belmonte
1969 Majestic Prince W. Hartack
1968 Forward Pass I. Valenzuela
1967 Damascus W. Shoemaker
1966 Kauai King D. Brumfield
1965 Tom Rolfe R. Turcotte
1964 Northern Dancer W. Hartack
1963 Candy Spots W. Shoemaker
1962 Greek Money J. Rotz
1961 Carry Back J. Sellers
1960 Bally Ache R. Ussery
1959 Royal Orbit W. Harmatz
1958 Tim Tam I. Valenzuela
1957 Bold Ruler E. Arcaro
1956 Fabius W. Hartack
1955 Nashua E. Arcaro
1954 Hasty Road J. Adams
1953 Native Dancer E. Guerin
1952 Blue Man C. McCreary
1951 Bold E. Arcaro
1950 Hill Prince E. Arcaro
1949 Capot T. Atkinson
1948 Citation (T) E. Arcaro
1947 Faultless D. Dodson
1946 Assault (T) W. Mehrtens
1945 Polynesian W. Wright
1944 Pensive C. McCreary
1943 Count Fleet (T) J. Longden
1942 Alsab (T) B. James
1941 Whirlaway E. Arcaro
1940 Bimelech F. Smith
1939 Challedon G. Seabo
1938 Dauber M. Peters
1937 War Admiral (T) C. Kurtsinger
1936 Bold Venture G. Woolf
1935 Omaha W. Saunders
1934 High Quest R. Jones
1933 Head Play C. Kurtsinger
1932 Burgoo King E. James
1931 Mate G. Ellis
1930 Gallant Fox (T) E. Sande
1929 Dr. Freeland L. Schaefer
1928 Victorian R. Workman
1927 Bostonian A. Abel
1926 Display J. Maiben
1925 Coventry C. Kummer
1924 Nellie Morse J. Merimee
1923 Vigil B. Marinelli
1922 Pillory L. Morris
1921 Broomspun F. Coltiletti
1920 Man o’ War C. Kummer
1919 Sir Barton (T) J. Loftus
1918 War Cloud (1st Edition) J. Loftus
1918 Jack Hare Jr.(2nd Edition) C. Peak
1917 Kalitan E. Haynes
1916 Damrosch I. McAtee
1915 Rhine Maiden D. Hoffman
1914 Holiday Schuttinger
1913 Buskin Butwell
1912 Col. Holloway C. Turner
1911 Watervale E. Dugan
1910 Layminster Estep
1909 Effendi W. Doyle
1908 Royal Tourist E. Dugan
1907 Don Enrique G. Mountain
1906 Whimsical W. Miller
1905 Cairngorm W. Davis
1904 Bryn Mawr Hildebrand
1903 Flocarline W. Gannon
1902 Old England L. Jackson
1901 The Parader Landry
1900 Hindus H. Spencer
1899 Half Time R. Clawson
1898 Sly Fox W. Simms
1897 Paul Kauvar Thorpe
1896 Margrave H. Griffin
1895 Belmar F. Taral
1894 Assignee F. Taral
1890 Montague W. Martin
1889 Buddhist Anderson
1888 Refund Littlefield
1887 Dunboyne W. Donohue
1886 The Bard Fisher
1885 Tecumseh J. McLaughlin
1884 Knight of Ellerslie Fisher
1883 Jacobus G. Barbee
1882 Vanguard Costello
1881 Saunterer Costello
1880 Grenada L. Hughes
1879 Harold L. Hughes
1878 Duke of Magenta C. Holloway
1877 Cloverbrook C. Holloway
1876 Shirley G. Barbee
1875 Tom Ochiltree L. Hughes
1874 Culpepper W. Donohue
1873 Survivor G. Barbee

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