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The end of the Triple Crown is quickly approaching, as we await the Preakness Stakes. It was moved and will now take place on October 3rd. This will mark the start of the race and despite a shortened length at the Belmont Stakes, the Preakness will be the standard 1 3/16 miles. Although the post position and betting odds are yet to be announced, it's worth knowing which horses are worth keeping a keen eye on.
What is usually hosted over a five-week span has instead turned into a fifteen-week long stint, and with no possibility of a Triple Crown winner there are plenty of runners in contention. Much like the previous two there will also be no fans in attendance at the race.
The Kentucky Derby winner Authentic seems to be the shoo-in for many. A front-running winner at 5 of his 6 races and has already confirmed to be running at the Preakness Stakes. Authentic for many will be considered the favourite going forward and is likely to again be very well supported.
An unknown quantity for now will be Tiz the Law – winning the first four races of 2020 including the Holy Bull, Florida Derby, Belmont, and Travers. Not having been entered to run in the Preakness just yet, but with an announcement set to be released after the weekend on whether or not the horse will run, this could be another favourite to win.
Art Collector is likely at the top alongside Authentic as one of the two favourites to take the crown – winning the Blue Grass and Ellis Park Derby with a four-race winning streak could provide a challenge and very worthy of an eye.
Mr. Big News has been another runner popping into many lists – also confirmed to be running at Preakness, the late Derby entry managed to secure a third-place finish at 46-1 odds. Giving any fan looking to bet on a possible underdog a good prospect. Thousand Words has been said to be looking consistent – "When he went up he sort of lost his footing and was on his side" addressing a previous incident, "He was OK and was checked out, he's doing well."
Despite the plans that are being made and set to go ahead, one thing that can't be overlooked are the ongoing battles on the West Coast with the current fires. There have been reports that smoke has been drifting eastwards with hazy skies spotted in Baltimore – whilst still very limited to the west coast, the risk of any fire spreading or breaking out could cause a delay or cancellation if conditions get much worse. Officials will be keeping a keen eye on the developing situation, as whilst the hazy conditions from the smoke may not be too much of a concern the falling temperatures caused by this and the possibility of reduced visibility issues coming. It does remain a very real likelihood that some rescheduling could be done in order to secure both rider and horse safety, delays which could see some riders enter late or leave early.
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