The final leg of an unforgettable Triple Crown is set for Saturday, as 11 three-year-old colts will take the starting gate for the 2020 Preakness Stakes. As was the case with the Belmont Stakes and Kentucky Derby, no fans will be in attendance at Pimlico Race Course due to COVID-19 concerns. While Belmont winner Tiz The Law is not in the 2020 Preakness Stakes field for the 1 3/16-mile race, Kentucky Derby winner Authentic will break from the No. 9 post position.
Authentic is at 9-5 atop the latest 2020 Preakness Stakes odds from William Hill. Art Collector (5-2), Swiss Skydiver (6-1) and Thousand Words (8-1) are other top 2020 Preakness Stakes contenders getting single-digit horse racing odds. Before making any horse racing predictions, you'll want to see the latest 2020 Preakness Stakes picks from SportsLine's Jody Demling.
A fixture in the horse racing world who has been writing about, talking about and betting on races for years, Demling enters the 2020 Kentucky Derby on a major heater on his horse racing picks. He has the 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, the first Triple Crown race of 2020, Demling called Tiz the Law the class of the field and he pulled away for a convincing 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 2020 Preakness Stakes picks, predicting where every horse will finish. He's only sharing all of it at SportsLine.
2020 Preakness Stakes expert predictions
One surprise: Demling is high on Mr. Big News, even though he's a 12-1 long shot in the latest Preakness Stakes odds 2020. He's a target for anyone looking for a huge payday. A last-minute Kentucky Derby entry, the son of Giant's Causeway made a move entering the far turn at Churchill Downs and finished third behind winner Authentic and runner-up Tiz the Law. That finish, which was a strong payday for those who had the 46-1 Derby longshot in their bets, was trainer Bret Calhoun's first career classic placing.
Mr. Big News will break from the No. 2 post position on Saturday at the Preakness 2020, with 30-1 long shot Excession to his left on the rail and 5-2 favorite Art Collector on his right in the No. 3 spot. The Louisiana-bred colt won the Oaklawn Stakes, also at 46-1 odds, on April 11 and has been progressing well throughout the 2020 racing season.
Another shocker: Demling is fading Authentic, even though he's the top favorite at 9-5. In fact, Demling says Authentic barely hits the board. War of Will (6-1 in 2019) and Cloud Computing (13-1 in 2017) are among the recent horses who haven't been favored but won the Preakness. Demling is looking for another surprise in 2020.
That's because he isn't sure Authentic will be able to replicate his sterling run at Churchill Downs. Although Authentic won the Haskell Stakes in July, he also settled for second at the Santa Anita Derby in June, falling short against Honor A.P. in that 1 1/8-mile race. Demling told SportsLine he "loves the way Authentic never gives up," but also noted, "It's a lot to ask to come back after that performance in the Derby," making him one of the 2020 Preakness Stakes favorites to avoid.
How to make 2020 Preakness Stakes picks
Demling is high on an underdog who "has a legitimate shot to win the Preakness." He's using the horse prominently in his exactas, trifectas, and superfectas, and so should you. He's only sharing which horse to back, and his entire projected 2020 Preakness Stakes leaderboard, here.
Which horse wins the Preakness Stakes 2020? And which underdog is a must-back? Check out the latest 2020 Preakness Stakes odds below, then visit SportsLine to see Demling's picks for the 2020 Preakness Stakes, and find out.
2020 Preakness Stakes odds
Art Collector 5-2
Swiss Skydiver 6-1
Thousand Words 8-1
Mr. Big News 12-1
Max Player 15-1
Ny Traffic 15-1
Jesus' Team 30-1