In this crazy mixed up year it’s hard to keep track of what is going on in the sports world. The French Open is going on now. The Masters arrives in November and the last leg of the Triple Crown is this Saturday. Despite this awful year, horse racing has managed to deliver and this race should not disappoint. There are some good horses in the mix, several with a legitimate shot at winning a real classic race including a filly, Swiss Skydiver.
My picks are Authentic (who will be the likely favorite after winning the Derby), Art Collector (who missed the Derby due to a minor foot issue and would have been a factor IMHO), NY Traffic (who has strung together some good races and almost beat Authentic at Saratoga) and Swiss Skydiver (she was second to Art Collector in the Blue Grass at Keeneland so she’s proven she can play with the boys).
The others in the race – Excession, Mr. Big News, Thousand Words (who was disqualified after rearing up and tumbling in the paddock at the Derby), Max Player, Jesus’ Team (I don’t think his name will help him on Saturday), Pneumatic and Liveyourbestlife (a long shot who will need to run the best race of his life to win).
You can buy a few souvenirs to mark the historic October running of this race (these trinkets will surely become collectors’ items in a few years) like this poster:
Or a set of Triple Crown glasses:
Or a Preakness Hat:
Or you can order and download this printable roster of the horses in the race for the party we are not going to have this year:
Still love these:
And if you want to be totally authentic (no pun intended) then make your own Black Eyed Susan, the official drink of the Preakness: