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Considering That 2012, four horses have won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes
Genuine has an opportunity to sign up with that group Saturday in what will be the final leg of the 2020 Triple Crown.
The Kentucky Derby champion has one of the best teams behind him to prepare to conquer Pimlico Race Course.
Art Collector might not have the very same backing as Genuine, but he might be faster over the 1 3/16- mile course.
Genuine and Art Collector are joined by Thousand Words in the favorites classification. They are the only 3 horses that went into Saturday with odds listed below 10 -1.
Preakness Stakes Chances
Jockeys to Trust
John Velazquez (Authentic)
John Velazquez has won practically every significant race in American horse racing.
The Preakness Stakes is the one crown jewel missing out on from his resume, but he could attain that with Genuine.
Velazquez rode a near-perfect race with the Bob Baffert-trained horse at the Kentucky Derby, as they took control of the race from the outside lane and warded off a late surge out of Tiz the Law.
Authentic discovers himself in a similar position Saturday, as he was drawn into post 9 in an 11- horse field.
If Velazquez utilizes a comparable technique at Pimlico to Churchill Downs, he could direct Genuine to the winner’s circle.
If that happens, Velazquez would take his 6th general win in a Triple Crown race, while Baffert would take his 8th Preakness triumph
Robby Albarado (Swiss Skydiver)
There is a glaring absence of Triple Crown race winners on the list of Preakness Stakes jockeys.
Robby Albarado is the just other rider to have a Triple Crown victory on his resume, and that came back in 2007 at the Preakness Stakes with Curlin.
In the same year, Albarado likewise won the Breeders’ Cup Classic with Curlin, however he has actually not accomplished the same high level of success considering that.
But with the low level of Triple Crown race winners in the field, Albarado could be a difference-maker aboard Swiss Skydiver, whose chances have increased throughout the week.
The only filly in the field is capable of running up front and may discover a course to the top running alongside Art Collector and Thousand Words.
If Albarado has a good feel for the speed set by Art Collector and Thousand Words and assists Swiss Skydiver match it, she might be in contention down the final stretch.
Art Collector has been consistently fast as he has raced at longer distances.
In his last two wins at 1 1/8 miles, Art Collector picked up first place in one minute and 48 seconds
The distinction between his completing times at the Ellis Park Derby and Blue Turf Stakes was nine-hundredths of a second.
Art Collector might utilize that consistent pace to break quick on the inside lane from Post 3 and force Authentic to challenge him from the outdoors for the majority of the occasion.
His early advantage might be developed by the lack of rate from the two inside horses. Excession and Mr. Big News are long shots to win compared to Art Collector, and he could breeze past them at the start to get rid of a couple of potential surprise winners.
Authentic galloped to his Kentucky Derby win in simply over two minutes
The pace over 1 1/4 miles was too much for Belmont Stakes winner Tiz the Law and the other horses in the field to match.
If that is the case again Saturday, it might take Mr. Big News, Max Gamer and Ny Traffic out of contention given that they ended up well behind Genuine at Churchill Downs.
The huge concern surrounding Genuine is if he can match Art Collector’s rate if the 2 go head-to-head in the last couple of lengths.
Genuine posted a slower 1 1/8- mile time at the Haskell Stakes and Santa Anita Derby than Art Collector produced in his last 2 starts.
In truth, Authentic was close to two seconds slower at the Haskell Stakes than he was at the Santa Anita Derby.
But if Velazquez gets Authentic going at a fast lane, he could be difficult to slow down and might just have one or two rivals near him at the end.
1. Art Collector
3. Max Gamer
4. Thousand Words
5. Ny Traffic
6. Swiss Skydiver
7. Mr. Big News
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Statistics obtained from HorseRacingNation.com