September 23, 2020

Get to know the 2020 Preakness Stakes contenders

Preakness week at Pimlico (c) Gustavsson

Transferred from its customary role as the “Middle Jewel” because of the pandemic, the Oct. 3 Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico concludes the unprecedented 2020 Triple Crown trail.

In another reflection of its late date on the calendar, the 1 3/16-mile test is serving as a “Win and You’re In” for the Nov. 7 Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1).

But at least there’s an air of familiarity in that the Kentucky Derby (G1) winner, Authentic, is advancing to Pimlico, along with others from Churchill Downs, to meet some new rivals.

Here’s the list of Preakness candidates that will be updated through the post position draw:

Kentucky Derby alumni


Authentic wins the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs (Jamie Newell/TwinSpires)

Front-running Kentucky Derby hero now sports a 5-for-6 career record.

Owners: Spendthrift Farm, MyRaceHorse Stable, Madaket Stables & Starlight Racing; Trainer: Bob Baffert; Jockey: John Velazquez

Pedigree: Into Mischief-Flawless, by Mr. Greeley

Authentic news

Tiz the Law

Tiz the Law wins the 2020 Travers S.
Tiz the Law wins the 2020 Travers S.
(Coglianese Photos)

Belmont (G1) and Travers (G1) romper was second as the 7-10 Derby favorite.

Owner: Sackatoga Stable; Trainer: Barclay Tagg; Jockey: Manny Franco

Pedigree: Constitution-Tizfiz, by Tiznow

Tiz the Law news

Mr. Big News

Mr. Big News upset the Oaklawn Stakes (Coady Photography)

Third-placer at 46-1 in the Kentucky Derby was previously known for upsetting the Oaklawn S.

Owner: Allied Racing Stable; Trainer: Bret Calhoun

Pedigree: Giant’s Causeway-Unappeased, by Galileo

Mr. Big News news

Ny Traffic

Authentic just holds Ny Traffic in the Haskell (Ryan Denver/EQUI-PHOTO)

Derby eighth had just missed to Authentic two back in the Haskell (G1).

Owners: John Fanelli, Cash Is King, LC Racing & Paul Braverman; Trainer: Saffie Joseph

Pedigree: Cross Traffic-Mamie Reilly, by Graeme Hall

Ny Traffic news

Kentucky Derby defections

Art Collector

Art Collector
Art Collector wins the Ellis Park Derby (Coady Photography)

Blue Grass (G2) and Ellis Park Derby winner was knocked out of the Derby by a minor foot issue.

Owner: Bruce Lunsford; Trainer: Tom Drury

Pedigree: Bernardini-Distorted Legacy, by Distorted Humor

Art Collector news

Thousand Words

Thousand Words wires the Shared Belief at Del Mar © BENOIT PHOTO

Winner of three Derby scoring races made it to the Churchill Downs paddock only to rear up, flip over, and become a last-minute scratch.

Owners: Albaugh Family Stable & Spendthrift Farm; Trainer: Bob Baffert

Pedigree: Pioneerof the Nile-Pomeroys Pistol, by Pomeroy

Thousand Words news

Belmont Stakes alumni

Dr Post

Dr Post overcame a tough trip to win the Unbridled comfortably at Gulfstream Park (Ryan Thompson/Coglianese Photos)

Belmont runner-up qualified for the Derby but opted instead for the Jim Dandy (G2), where he wound up fourth as the 3-4 favorite.

Owner: St Elias Stable; Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Pedigree: Quality Road-Mary Delaney, by Hennessy

Dr Post news


Pneumatic won the Pegasus Stakes at Monmouth Park (Bill Denver/EQUI-PHOTO)

Belmont fourth came back to dominate the Pegasus, but passed the Derby to arrive fresh at Pimlico.

Owner: Winchell Thoroughbreds; Trainer: Steve Asmussen

Pedigree: Uncle Mo-Teardrop, by Tapit

Pneumatic news

Triple Crown newcomers

Swiss Skydiver

Swiss Skydiver
Swiss Skydiver winning the Santa Anita Oaks (Benoit Photo)

Star filly qualified for the Derby with a runner-up effort in the Blue Grass, but stuck to the Kentucky Oaks (G1) instead and placed second. 

Owner: Peter J. Callahan; Trainer: Ken McPeek

Pedigree: Daredevil-Expo Gold, by Johannesburg

Swiss Skydiver news

Mystic Guide

Mystic Guide
Mystic Guide wins the Jim Dandy Stakes (Coglianese Photos/Joe Labozzetta)

Blinkers made the difference in the blueblood’s breakthrough score in the Jim Dandy.

Owner: Godolphin; Trainer: Mike Stidham

Pedigree: Ghostzapper-Music Note, by A. P. Indy

Mystic Guide news

Happy Saver

Happy Saver wins the Tesio Stakes 2020
Happy Saver wins the Tesio Stakes 2020
(Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club)

Unbeaten late bloomer earned his Preakness ticket by capturing the Federico Tesio in his stakes debut.

Owner: Wertheimer et Frere; Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Pedigree: Super Saver-Happy Week, by Distorted Humor

Happy Saver news


Liveyourbeastlife (left) was close to Mystic Guide in the Jim Dandy (NYRA/Coglianese/Chelsea Durand)

Jim Dandy runner-up enters on the upswing.

Owner: William H. Lawrence; Trainer: Jorge Abreu

Pedigree: Ghostzapper-Ellie’s Moment, by Kris S.

Liveyourbeastlife news

Jesus’ Team

Jesus’ Team (center in green) led turning for home in the Jim Dandy (NYRA/Coglianese Photos/Dom Napolitano)

Recent Jim Dandy third, who was previously second in the Pegasus and fourth in the Haskell, is expected to be supplemented to the Preakness.

Owner: Grupo 7C Stable; Trainer: Jose D’Angelo

Pedigree: Tapiture-Golden Memories, by Suave

Jesus’ Team news

Monday Morning Qb

Monday Morning Qb wins the Heft (Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club)

Tesio runner-up, fourth in the Withers (G3) two back, turned in a fine effort off the seven-month layoff.

Owners: Cash is King & LC Racing; Trainer: Butch Reid

Pedigree: Imagining-How My Heart Works, by Not for Love

Monday Morning Qb news


Lebda captures the Private Terms (Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club)

Multiple Laurel stakes scorer exits a third in the Robert Hilton Memorial at Charles Town.

Owner: Euro Stable; Trainer: Claudio Gonzalez

Pedigree: Raison d’Etat-Lenders Way, by Hook and Ladder

Lebda news

Mongolian Wind

Mongolian Wind broke his maiden at Los Alamitos (Benoit Photo)

Manitoba Derby winner is 2-for-2 since leaving Santa Anita for Assiniboia Downs.

Owners: Mongolian Stable & Andrew Stronach; Trainer: Wade Eno

Pedigree: Mucho Macho Man-Heckuva Good Time, by Afternoon Deelites

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