2020 PREAKNESS STAKES: HORSE RACING GURU REVEALS FULL LEADERBOARD
Horse racing insider Jody Demling has called nine of the past 15 Preakness Stakes winners. Here are his coveted 2020 Preakness Stakes picks.
With the horse racing schedule flipped upside down, the 2020 Preakness Stakes will take place on Saturday, Oct. 3, concluding the 2020 Triple Crown season. Kentucky Derby winner Authentic is the favorite at 9-5 in the 2020 Preakness Stakes odds from William Hill.
Before making any 2020 Preakness Stakes picks, you NEED to see what Jody Demling has to say. The horse racing expert enters the Preakness Stakes on a major heater: He has picked the winner of six of his last eight races: the Saudi Cup, Gotham Stakes, Rebel Stakes, Louisiana Derby, Florida Derby and Belmont Stakes.
At the Belmont, Demling said Tiz the Law was clearly the class of a limited field, and Barclay Tagg’s horse pulled away for a convincing 3¾-length victory.
This is the same handicapper who has called the winner of the Preakness Stakes a whopping nine times in the past 15 years. Anyone who has followed him is WAY UP.
Now, Demling has released his picks for the 2020 Preakness Stakes. We can tell you he’s fading Authentic, even though he’s the top favorite at 9-5 and won the Kentucky Derby. In fact, Demling says Authentic barely hits the board!
Instead, Demling is high on an underdog who “has a legitimate shot to win the Preakness.” If you include this horse in your exotics, you could be looking at a HUGE payday! You ABSOLUTELY need to see which horse it is before locking in your picks.
Here is Demling’s Preakness Stakes leaderboard in predicted order of finish (originally posted on Monday, Sept. 28). Please check back before post time on Saturday for his final picks (program number listed first):
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It is time for the final leg of the 2020 Triple Crown – the Preakness Stakes.
Tiz The Law won the Belmont Stakes back in June, but ran second as a heavy favorite to Authentic in the Kentucky Derby earlier this month.
Now, all eyes turn to Pimlico Racecourse in Baltimore for the Preakness Stakes where Authentic is the heavy favorite. Tiz The Law opted not to run in the final leg of the Triple Frown, instead waiting on the Breeders’ Cup Classic in November at Keeneland.
A field of 11 horses were entered in the Preakness Stakes, including two late scratches from the Derby. Art Collector was the likely second-choice in the Derby and was scratched early Derby week because of a minor foot injury, while Bob Baffert’s Thousand Words was scratched after he flipped in the paddock.
Both horses should have something to say about the outcome in the Preakness.
Here’s a look at the leaderboard in predicted order of finish:
3 Art Collector (5-2) – Yes, he would have been my pick for the Kentucky Derby. He looked sensational in training and doesn’t look like he’s taken a step backwards since he’s returned to the track. I think he’s the best horse in the field.
4 Swiss Skydiver (6-1) – She was second in the Kentucky Oaks and second the only time she faced the boys – the Blue Grass Stakes. I think she has a legit shot to win this race but likely comes up a little short again.
9 Authentic (9-5) – Trainer Bob Baffert is 5-for-5 when trying to win the Derby-Preakness double with a horse. I love the way this one never gives up, but it’s a lot to ask to come back after that performance in the Derby less than a month ago.
8 Max Player (15-1) – He was third in the Belmont Stakes and fifth in the Kentucky Derby; the only horse that will appear in all three races and he’ll finish in the top five again.
2 Mr. Big News (12-1) – Made a huge move to finish third at long odds in the Derby; can’t see him repeating that effort in here.
5 Thousand Words (6-1) – Not a big fan of how he acted in the paddock at the Derby with hardly any fans around; trainer Bob Baffert said they are putting a small set of blinkers on him but I’m just not as high on him as some others.
10 Pneumatic (20-1) – One of three in the race for trainer Steve Asmussen; was fourth in the Belmont and won the Pegasus Stakes. Has been pointing for this race.
1 Excession (30-1) – Literally, a horse I have no idea what to do with? Was second to Nadal in the March 14 Rebel Stakes at 83-1 but then had surgery to remove a chip in his knee and is making his first start back. Has some talent but a comeback in the Preakness?
7 Ny Traffic (15-1) – Ran second to Authentic in the Haskell but was then eighth in the Derby; don’t see him as a factor in this one either.
6 Jesus’ Team (30-1) – Seems to like to get a small piece of the earnings in big races he’s run in, but would need a major step forward with this bunch.
11 Liveyourbeastlife (30-1) – Showed improvement in running second in the Jim Dandy, but that was the same day at the Kentucky Derby and not against a very tough field.
$2 EXACTA 3 with ALL ($20)
$1 EXACTA 4,9 with 2,3,4,5,8,9,10 ($12)
$0.50 TRIFECTA 3 with 4,8,9 with ALL ($13.50)
$0.10 SUPERFECTA 3 with 4,8,9 with 2,4,5,8,9 with ALL ($9,60)
$0.10 SUPERFECTA 4,8,9 with 3 with 2,4,5,8,9 with ALL ($9.60)
Just in case Authentic is the real deal
$0.10 SUPERFECTA 9 with 2,3,4,5,8 with 2,3,4,5,8 with ALL ($16)