It was a photo finish, but Authentic just didn’t have enough in the tank to catch Swiss Skydiver down the stretch of the Preakness Stakes on Saturday.
Authentic (9-5), the Belmont Stakes winner, was the heavy favorite, but Swiss Skydiver (6-1) took the lead midway through the race and was able to hold on as the two horses went neck-and-neck at the tail end of the race. She was the sole female horse in the field, becoming the sixth Filly to win the Preakness.
Bob Baffert, the trainer of Authentic and Thousand Words, will have to wait another year to win his record eighth Preakness, while Kenneth G. McPeek got his first Preakness win as a trainer.
Preakness Stakes live updates, highlights from 2020 race
5:45 p.m. — We’ve got a photo finish! Looks like Swiss Skydiver holds off Authentic to win the Preakness Stakes.
5:44 p.m. — Authentic has taken the early lead.
5:43 p.m. — And they’re off!
5:40 p.m. — Riders up! The horses are going to post now, race to start soon.
5:30 p.m. — NBC commentators make their picks for the Preakness.
5:20 p.m. — The jockeys are out now. Lots of bright colors as usual.
5:10 p.m. — Secretariat is still having an impact on the Preakness to this very day. That’s pretty neat.
5:05 p.m. — For those who need a recap of what happened in the first two Triple Crown races:
4:55 p.m. — Here’s a breakdown for the Preakness favorite, Authentic (9-5).
4:50 p.m. — Miss Marissa (10-1) holds to win the George Mitchell Black-Eyed Susan Stakes to kick things off. The favorite Bonny South (5-1) had a rough start but surged late to finish second. Close finish.
4:40 p.m. — It’s almost 5 o’clock! Looking for a new cocktail recipe? How about a Black-Eyed Susan, the official drink of the Preakness.
4:30 p.m. — We’re live now! Looks like clear skies in Baltimore.
2020 Preakness Stakes post time
- Date: Saturday, Oct. 3
- Post time: 5:40 p.m. ET
- TV coverage: NBC, fuboTV
Coverage of the 145th Preakness begins at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3. Post time is scheduled for 20 minutes before coverage concludes at 6 p.m.
Preakness Stakes post positions
Authentic, who won the Belmont Stakes earlier this year, will be racing out of the No. 9 post position. Below is the full list of starting spots, as well as each horse’s odds of winning the Preakness, as established by Vegas bookmakers.
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