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


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 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, and the NBC Sports app. 

Stradivarius, 3-time Ascot Gold Cup winner, retired to stud

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LONDON – Stradivarius, one of the most famous racehorses in Britain and Ireland after winning the Gold Cup at Ascot three times, has been retired to stud.

Bjorn Nielsen, the owner of Stradivarius, said he felt it would be unfair to make the horse come back next season as a 9-year-old after time away with a bruised foot.

“It has been a fairytale from start to finish,” Nielsen told British newspaper The Racing Post.

Stradivarius, bred in Ireland and the son of Sea The Stars, won 20 of his 35 races – including seven Group One races – and earned almost 3.5 million pounds (now $3.8 million) in prize money.

Stradivarius won four Goodwood Cups, three Yorkshire Cups and two Doncaster Cups.

Taiba wins $1 million Pennsylvania Derby for Baffert

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BENSALEM, Pa. – Taiba won the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby by three lengths for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert.

Ridden by Mike Smith, Taiba ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:48.67 and paid $4.80, $3 and $2.60.

It was Baffert’s fourth win in the Grade 1 event at Parx Racing. He also won in 2014, 2017 and 2018. Smith won the race for the third time, all aboard Baffert horses.

Zandon returned $3.80 and $2.60. Cyberknife was another 3 3/4 lengths back in third and paid $3 to show.

Taiba was coming off a second-place finish in the Haskell Invitational at Monmouth in July. The colt was 12th in the Kentucky Derby under Tim Yakteen, who took over training him while Baffert was serving a 90-day suspension.

“He had a little bit of a rough trip in the Haskell, but we had some time to get him ready for this one,” Baffert said from his base in California. “He proved today he is a good horse. He is getting better and better.”

Baffert Taiba will be pointed toward the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic in November. The colt has three wins in five starts this year.