Preakness odds: Derby champ Authentic opens as 9-5 favorite

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Kentucky Derby winner Authentic drew the No. 9 post in the 145th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico and opens as the 9-5 Preakness odds favorite.

The Bob Baffert-trained colt’s biggest competition could come from well rested Art Collector (5-2), who was hot on the Derby trail until a minor foot issue knocked him out of the race. Hall of Famer Baffert also fields Thousand Words (6-1), who was a last moment scratch in the Derby after he flipped himself over in the saddling area. He quickly got up on his own and a vet exam determined nothing had been injured or damaged during the incident. Baffert has seven Preakness victories, tied with R. Wyndham Walden for most Preakness wins by a trainer. If either of his horses wins, he takes over the record on his own.

Related: Stream the 2020 Preakness Stakes on NBC

G1 Alabama Stakes winner Swiss Skydiver (6-1) looks to become the first filly to win the Preakness since Rachel Alexandra in 2009. Only five fillies have won the Preakness in the race’s 144 editions. The last time a filly competed in the Preakness was Ria Antonia in 2014. She finished last of 10 horses.

Two-time Preakness Stakes winner Steve Asmussen (2007, 2009) runs three horses: 30-1 longshot Excession, top-5 Belmont and Derby finisher Max Player (15-1) and late bloomer Pneumatic (20-1).

The 2020 Preakness Stakes, which was moved from Saturday, May 16 to Saturday, Oct. 3 (NBC, 4:30 to 6 p.m. ET), will be the race’s 145th running. The $1 million race will also air live on NBCSports.com and on the NBC Sports app. Post time is set for approximately 5:40 p.m. ET.

Related: What to know about the 2020 Preakness Stakes

Below are the post positions for the 2020 Preakness Stakes, including current Preakness odds as of Monday, Sept. 28.

1. Excession (30-1)
Trainer: Steve Asmussen
Jockey: Sheldon Russell

2. Mr. Big News (12-1)
Trainer: Bret Calhoun
Jockey: Gabriel Saez

3. Art Collector (5-2)
Trainer: Tom Drury
Jockey: Brian Hernandez Jr.

4. Swiss Skydiver (6-1)
Trainer: Kenny McPeek
Jockey: Robby Albarado

5. Thousand Words (6-1)
Trainer: Bob Baffert
Jockey: Florent Geroux

6. Jesus’ Team (30-1)
Trainer: Jose D’Angelo
Jockey: Jevian Toledo

7. Ny Traffic (15-1)
Trainer: Saffie Joseph Jr.
Jockey: Horacio Karamanos

8. Max Player (15-1)
Trainer: Steve Asmussen
Jockey: Paco Lopez

9. Authentic (9-5)
Trainer: Bob Baffert
Jockey: John Velazquez

10. Pneumatic (20-1)
Trainer: Steve Asmussen
Jockey: Joe Bravo

11. Liveyourbeastlife (30-1)
Trainer: Jorge Abreu
Jockey: Junior Alvarado

Watch the Preakness Stakes 2020 on Saturday, Oct. 3 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. ET on NBC, NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app.