Kentucky Derby winner Authentic will try to win two legs of the Triple Crown, but Belmont Stakes winner and Kentucky Derby runner-up Tiz the Law will skip the event and wait for the Breeders’ Cup Classic instead. Other competitors for Preakness include Blue Grass Stake winner Art Collector, who was scratching the Kentucky Derby with an injury, and Bob Baffert-trained Thousand Words, Shared Belief Stake winner, who was in the paddock minutes before the derby scratched.
This Union Rags son has not ridden since his knee chip removal surgery in March after finishing a close second place in the Grade 2 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park.
Mr. Big News rallied by the 10th on the half mile and finished third in the Kentucky Derby at 46-1. He also upset the field in the Oaklawn Stakes in April with 47-1, making him out to be everyone Price made dangerous.
Jockey: Brian Hernandez Jr.
The Blue Grass and Ellis Park Derby Class 2 winner was forced out of the Kentucky Derby after stealing a piece of meat from his left front heel during training. His father Bernardini won the Preakness in 2006.
Swiss parachutist No. 4 (6-1)
Swiss Skydiver – winner of three graded events this year on different routes – is the most successful horse in the 3-year-old filly division. She took the boys in the Grade 2 Blue Grass Stakes and finished second. Five fillies have won Preakness in the last 144 years, most recently Rachel Alexandra in 2009. She could be the sixth.
No. 5 thousand words (6-1)
Thousand Words won three key Kentucky Derby preparatory races (Los Alamitos Futurity, Robert B. Lewis Stakes, and Shared Belief Stakes) and made it to the Churchill Downs paddock to get up and turn around when Baffert’s longtime assistant Jimmy Barnes started his race tightened saddle. The horse was immediately scraped off the Kentucky Derby.
No. 6 Jesus’ team (30-1)
Claimed at Gulfstream Park in May, he has since had no win on his next four starts. Two of these trips were tiered stakes, resulting in a fourth place in the Class 1 Haskell and a third place in the Class 2 Jim Dandy Stakes.
Jockey: Horacio Karamanos
A lost shoe was responsible for a lackluster eighth place in the Kentucky Derby. The son of Cross Traffic finished second after Authentic in the Haskell Stakes Class 1 at Monmouth Park.
Max Player was the only horse to compete in all three stages of this year’s Triple Crown. He finished third in the Belmont Stakes and fifth in the Kentucky Derby. He also took third place in Class 1 Travers.
Authentic became Baffert’s record-breaking sixth Kentucky Derby winner last month with a 1¼-long win over Belmont Stakes winner Tiz the Law. The son of Into Mischief is now a 5-on-6 for his career.
Preakness has always been Pneumatic’s goal since winning the Pegasus Stakes at Monmouth Park in August. The only other win on his resume is the optional claims company at Oaklawn Park. He finished third in the Matt Win stakes class 3 and fourth in the Belmont Stakes.
# 11 Liveyourbeastlife (30-1)
Jim Dandy’s runner-up has two wins on his résumé, his first Belmont Park win in 2019 and an admissions win in Saratoga last August. Seems to fit here.