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JESUS' TEAM
LAST 5 RACES:

3-2-4-2-1

ANALYSIS:

Fourth in the Haskell and third in the Jim Dandy, his lone 2 victories in 10 attempts have come in claiming events at Gulfstream Park. He’s the first Triple Crown starter for trainer Jose Francisco D’Angelo, who saddled his first starter in the summer of 2019.

MAX PLAYER
LAST 5 RACES:

5-3-3-1-1

ANALYSIS:

Late rallies have produced minor shares of the purse in the Kentucky Derby, Belmont and Travers. Two-time Preakness-winning trainer Steve Asmussen took over his conditioning from Linda Rice prior to the Derby. He would be the only horse to run in all 3 legs of the 2020 Triple Crown.

NY TRAFFIC
LAST 5 RACES:

8-2-2-2-3

ANALYSIS:

Winless in 7 stakes races, the Kentucky Derby eighth-place finisher tired after chasing Authentic for the first mile in Louisville. He finished just a nose behind Authentic in the Grade 1 Haskell at Monmouth prior to the Derby and looks to rebound.

EXCESSION
LAST 5 RACES:

2-8-7-3-1

ANALYSIS:

Runner-up in March’s Rebel Stakes at 82-1 odds when last seen, this son of Belmont Stakes winner Union Rags has not raced in 203 days. He will try to give trainer Steve Asmussen his third Preakness victory, following Curlin in 2007 and Rachel Alexandra in 2009.

SWISS SKYDIVER
LAST 5 RACES:

2-1-2-1-1

ANALYSIS:

The Kentucky Oaks runner-up will try to become the second filly to win the Preakness since 1924, joining Rachel Alexandra (2009) – and the sixth filly in history to do so. Her 2020 travels include victories in the Gulfstream Park Oaks, Fantasy, Santa Anita Oaks and the Alabama. She was second to Art Collector in the Blue Grass in her previous foray vs. the boys.

Thousand Words
LAST 5 RACES:

1 - 2 - 11 - 4 - 1

ANALYSIS:

Stablemate of Authentic scratched from the Kentucky Derby after flipping in the paddock pre-race. He upset Honor A.P. most recently as a 9-1 shot in the Shared Belief Stakes in California. Trainer Bob Baffert boasts a record-tying 7 victories in the Preakness.

Pneumatic
LAST 5 RACES:

1 - 4 - 3 - 1 - 1

ANALYSIS:

The Belmont Stakes fourth-place finisher was aimed away from the Kentucky Derby and utilized the Pegasus Stakes at Monmouth as a designed Preakness prep. He put forth his best performance in winning that race for trainer Steve Asmussen, who has Preakness wins with modern racing legends Rachel Alexandra and Curlin.

Mr. Big News
LAST 5 RACES:

3 - 6 - 1 - 5 - 1

ANALYSIS:

The surprise performance of Kentucky Derby 146 came from this 46-1 longshot when he rallied to finish third. His signature win came in the Oaklawn Stakes in April over a sloppy track, also at 46-1 odds, so neither track conditions nor expectations seem to bother him.

Liveyourbeastlife
LAST 5 RACES:

2 - 1 - 3 - 4 - 5

ANALYSIS:

The 14-1 runner-up in the Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga has yet to win a stakes in his 8-race career. Trainer Jorge Abreu has been on his own only since 2016, and is a former assistant to Preakness winners Nick Zito and Chad Brown.

Authentic
LAST 5 RACES:

1 - 1 - 2 - 1 - 1

ANALYSIS:

The Kentucky Derby was his fifth win from 6 lifetime starts and gave Bob Baffert an all-time record sixth win in the ‘Run for the Roses.’ Baffert has never lost the Preakness when bringing a Derby winner to Baltimore, 5-for-5 in his career, and seeks a record eighth win in this race.

Art Collector
LAST 5 RACES:

1 - 1 - 1 - 1 - 7

ANALYSIS:

Son of Preakness winner Bernardini was sidelined from the Kentucky Derby with a left-front foot injury (known as ‘grabbing a quarter’). He is unbeaten this year at Churchill Downs, Keeneland and Ellis Park within the Commonwealth of Kentucky. If recovered, Art Collector is expected to be one of the Preakness favorites.

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TIZ THE LAW
Tom’s d’Etat
MAXIMUM SECURITY
IMPROBABLE
TIZ THE LAW
LAST 5 RACES:

2-1-1-1-1

PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHT ANALYSIS:
Travers Stakes

Upset in the Kentucky Derby as the race’s heaviest favorite since 1979, Tiz the Law looks to rebound in the Classic and make his case for Horse of the Year. His Florida Derby, Belmont Stakes and Travers wins against 3-year-olds now must stack up against elder horses for the first time.

Tom’s d’Etat
LAST 5 RACES:

3-1-1-1-1

PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHT ANALYSIS:
Fayette Stakes

Kentucky’s top Classic contender has won the Fayette at Keeneland, as well as Churchill’s Clark Handicap and Stephen Foster within the Commonwealth. Al Stall Jr. trained Blame when he toppled the previously unbeaten Zenyatta in the 2010 Classic.

MAXIMUM SECURITY
LAST 5 RACES:

2-1-1-1-1

PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHT ANALYSIS:
Pacific Classic

The 2020 Grade 1 Pacific Classic and Saudi Cup winner has earned more than $12 million to date, but makes his first appearance at the Breeders’ Cup. He was upset by stablemate Improbable in the Grade 1 Awesome Again Stakes in his most recent start, just the second time in his career he didn’t cross the wire first.

IMPROBABLE
LAST 5 RACES:

1-1-1-2-5

PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHT ANALYSIS:
Awesome Again Stakes

Nearly perfect this year after finishing fifth in the 2019 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, Improbable returns to championship day on the heels of Grade 1 victories in the Hollywood Gold Cup, Whitney and Awesome Again Stakes. The Bob Baffert trainee could cement Horse of the Year with a Classic win.

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TIZ THE LAW
Tom’s d’Etat
MAXIMUM SECURITY
IMPROBABLE
Channel Maker
LAST 5 RACES:

1-1-3-4-8

PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHT ANALYSIS:
Turf Classic

Veteran son of Breeders’ Cup Turf winner English Channel has captured back-to-back Grade 1 races in New York of late, the Sword Dancer at Saratoga and Joe Hirsch Turf Classic at Belmont. This would be his fourth BC appearance and third in the Turf, finishing out of the money in his previous bids.

United
LAST 5 RACES:

1-2-1-1-1

PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHT ANALYSIS:
John Henry Turf

Runner-up in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Turf at 51-1 odds, he has owned the California grass scene in 2020 and is a mere head away from perfection in 5 starts. Trainer Richard Mandella has 9 Breeders’ Cup wins, including the 1993 Turf with Kotashaan when he, like United, was a 5-year-old.

Enable
LAST 5 RACES:

6-1-1-2-2

PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHT ANALYSIS:
2018 BC Turf

One of the sport’s all-time greats, England’s legendary 6-year-old mare could return to the Breeders’ Cup looking for an encore to her 2018 glory. That victory at Churchill Downs was her only start in America, and part of an incredible, 11-race winning streak. But her sixth-place effort in the Oct. 4 Arc de Triomphe was the worst finish of her career.

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TIZ THE LAW
Tom’s d’Etat
MAXIMUM SECURITY
IMPROBABLE
Harvest Moon
LAST 5 RACES:

1-1-1-1-3

PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHT ANALYSIS:
Zenyatta Stakes

From maiden in July to multiple graded stakes winner by September, the daughter of Breeders’ Cup Juvenile champion Uncle Mo has been California’s rising star in the division. She upset Fighting Mad in the Grade 1 Zenyatta Stakes to punch her Distaff ticket.

Swiss Skydiver
LAST 5 RACES:

1-2-1-2-1

PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHT ANALYSIS:
Preakness Stakes

Following her historic and stirring Preakness win, the well-traveled 3-year-old filly looks to cap her bi-coastal campaign back home in the bluegrass. A potential Horse of the Year honor could be on the line if she defeats elder horses in her first attempt.

Monomoy Girl
LAST 5 RACES:

1-1-1-1-2

PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHT ANALYSIS:
2018 BC Distaff

The 2018 Distaff champion has shown no rust in 2020, posting a perfect record in 3 starts after missing the entire 2019 campaign. Her remarkable 12-for-14 career record includes a win in Keeneland’s Grade 1 Ashland Stakes as a 3-year-old in 2018.

Harvest Moon
LAST 5 RACES:

1-1-1-1-3

PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHT ANALYSIS:
Zenyatta Stakes

From maiden in July to multiple graded stakes winner by September, the daughter of Breeders’ Cup Juvenile champion Uncle Mo has been California’s rising star in the division. She upset Fighting Mad in the Grade 1 Zenyatta Stakes to punch her Distaff ticket.

Swiss Skydiver
LAST 5 RACES:

1-2-1-2-1

PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHT ANALYSIS:
Preakness Stakes

Following her historic and stirring Preakness win, the well-traveled 3-year-old filly looks to cap her bi-coastal campaign back home in the bluegrass. A potential Horse of the Year honor could be on the line if she defeats elder horses in her first attempt.

Monomoy Girl
LAST 5 RACES:

1-1-1-1-2

PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHT ANALYSIS:
2018 BC Distaff

The 2018 Distaff champion has shown no rust in 2020, posting a perfect record in 3 starts after missing the entire 2019 campaign. Her remarkable 12-for-14 career record includes a win in Keeneland’s Grade 1 Ashland Stakes as a 3-year-old in 2018.

Channel Maker
LAST 5 RACES:

1-1-3-4-8

PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHT ANALYSIS:
Turf Classic

Veteran son of Breeders’ Cup Turf winner English Channel has captured back-to-back Grade 1 races in New York of late, the Sword Dancer at Saratoga and Joe Hirsch Turf Classic at Belmont. This would be his fourth BC appearance and third in the Turf, finishing out of the money in his previous bids.

United
LAST 5 RACES:

1-2-1-1-1

PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHT ANALYSIS:
John Henry Turf

Runner-up in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Turf at 51-1 odds, he has owned the California grass scene in 2020 and is a mere head away from perfection in 5 starts. Trainer Richard Mandella has 9 Breeders’ Cup wins, including the 1993 Turf with Kotashaan when he, like United, was a 5-year-old.

Enable
LAST 5 RACES:

6-1-1-2-2

PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHT ANALYSIS:
2018 BC Turf

One of the sport’s all-time greats, England’s legendary 6-year-old mare could return to the Breeders’ Cup looking for an encore to her 2018 glory. That victory at Churchill Downs was her only start in America, and part of an incredible, 11-race winning streak. But her sixth-place effort in the Oct. 4 Arc de Triomphe was the worst finish of her career.

TIZ THE LAW
LAST 5 RACES:

2-1-1-1-1

PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHT ANALYSIS:
Travers Stakes

Upset in the Kentucky Derby as the race’s heaviest favorite since 1979, Tiz the Law looks to rebound in the Classic and make his case for Horse of the Year. His Florida Derby, Belmont Stakes and Travers wins against 3-year-olds now must stack up against elder horses for the first time.

Tom’s d’Etat
LAST 5 RACES:

3-1-1-1-1

PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHT ANALYSIS:
Fayette Stakes

Kentucky’s top Classic contender has won the Fayette at Keeneland, as well as Churchill’s Clark Handicap and Stephen Foster within the Commonwealth. Al Stall Jr. trained Blame when he toppled the previously unbeaten Zenyatta in the 2010 Classic.

MAXIMUM SECURITY
LAST 5 RACES:

2-1-1-1-1

PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHT ANALYSIS:
Pacific Classic

The 2020 Grade 1 Pacific Classic and Saudi Cup winner has earned more than $12 million to date, but makes his first appearance at the Breeders’ Cup. He was upset by stablemate Improbable in the Grade 1 Awesome Again Stakes in his most recent start, just the second time in his career he didn’t cross the wire first.

IMPROBABLE
LAST 5 RACES:

1-1-1-2-5

PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHT ANALYSIS:
Awesome Again Stakes

Nearly perfect this year after finishing fifth in the 2019 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, Improbable returns to championship day on the heels of Grade 1 victories in the Hollywood Gold Cup, Whitney and Awesome Again Stakes. The Bob Baffert trainee could cement Horse of the Year with a Classic win.

Harvest Moon
LAST 5 RACES:

1-1-1-1-3

PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHT ANALYSIS:
Zenyatta Stakes

From maiden in July to multiple graded stakes winner by September, the daughter of Breeders’ Cup Juvenile champion Uncle Mo has been California’s rising star in the division. She upset Fighting Mad in the Grade 1 Zenyatta Stakes to punch her Distaff ticket.

Swiss Skydiver
LAST 5 RACES:

1-2-1-2-1

PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHT ANALYSIS:
Preakness Stakes

Following her historic and stirring Preakness win, the well-traveled 3-year-old filly looks to cap her bi-coastal campaign back home in the bluegrass. A potential Horse of the Year honor could be on the line if she defeats elder horses in her first attempt.

Monomoy Girl
LAST 5 RACES:

1-1-1-1-2

PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHT ANALYSIS:
2018 BC Distaff

The 2018 Distaff champion has shown no rust in 2020, posting a perfect record in 3 starts after missing the entire 2019 campaign. Her remarkable 12-for-14 career record includes a win in Keeneland’s Grade 1 Ashland Stakes as a 3-year-old in 2018.

Channel Maker
LAST 5 RACES:

1-1-3-4-8

PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHT ANALYSIS:
Turf Classic

Veteran son of Breeders’ Cup Turf winner English Channel has captured back-to-back Grade 1 races in New York of late, the Sword Dancer at Saratoga and Joe Hirsch Turf Classic at Belmont. This would be his fourth BC appearance and third in the Turf, finishing out of the money in his previous bids.

United
LAST 5 RACES:

1-2-1-1-1

PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHT ANALYSIS:
John Henry Turf

Runner-up in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Turf at 51-1 odds, he has owned the California grass scene in 2020 and is a mere head away from perfection in 5 starts. Trainer Richard Mandella has 9 Breeders’ Cup wins, including the 1993 Turf with Kotashaan when he, like United, was a 5-year-old.

Enable
LAST 5 RACES:

6-1-1-2-2

PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHT ANALYSIS:
2018 BC Turf

One of the sport’s all-time greats, England’s legendary 6-year-old mare could return to the Breeders’ Cup looking for an encore to her 2018 glory. That victory at Churchill Downs was her only start in America, and part of an incredible, 11-race winning streak. But her sixth-place effort in the Oct. 4 Arc de Triomphe was the worst finish of her career.

TIZ THE LAW
LAST 5 RACES:

2-1-1-1-1

PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHT ANALYSIS:
Travers Stakes

Upset in the Kentucky Derby as the race’s heaviest favorite since 1979, Tiz the Law looks to rebound in the Classic and make his case for Horse of the Year. His Florida Derby, Belmont Stakes and Travers wins against 3-year-olds now must stack up against elder horses for the first time.

Tom’s d’Etat
LAST 5 RACES:

3-1-1-1-1

PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHT ANALYSIS:
Fayette Stakes

Kentucky’s top Classic contender has won the Fayette at Keeneland, as well as Churchill’s Clark Handicap and Stephen Foster within the Commonwealth. Al Stall Jr. trained Blame when he toppled the previously unbeaten Zenyatta in the 2010 Classic.

MAXIMUM SECURITY
LAST 5 RACES:

2-1-1-1-1

PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHT ANALYSIS:
Pacific Classic

The 2020 Grade 1 Pacific Classic and Saudi Cup winner has earned more than $12 million to date, but makes his first appearance at the Breeders’ Cup. He was upset by stablemate Improbable in the Grade 1 Awesome Again Stakes in his most recent start, just the second time in his career he didn’t cross the wire first.

IMPROBABLE
LAST 5 RACES:

1-1-1-2-5

PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHT ANALYSIS:
Awesome Again Stakes

Nearly perfect this year after finishing fifth in the 2019 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, Improbable returns to championship day on the heels of Grade 1 victories in the Hollywood Gold Cup, Whitney and Awesome Again Stakes. The Bob Baffert trainee could cement Horse of the Year with a Classic win.

Harvest Moon
LAST 5 RACES:

1-1-1-1-3

PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHT ANALYSIS:
Zenyatta Stakes

From maiden in July to multiple graded stakes winner by September, the daughter of Breeders’ Cup Juvenile champion Uncle Mo has been California’s rising star in the division. She upset Fighting Mad in the Grade 1 Zenyatta Stakes to punch her Distaff ticket.

Swiss Skydiver
LAST 5 RACES:

1-2-1-2-1

PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHT ANALYSIS:
Preakness Stakes

Following her historic and stirring Preakness win, the well-traveled 3-year-old filly looks to cap her bi-coastal campaign back home in the bluegrass. A potential Horse of the Year honor could be on the line if she defeats elder horses in her first attempt.

Monomoy Girl
LAST 5 RACES:

1-1-1-1-2

PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHT ANALYSIS:
2018 BC Distaff

The 2018 Distaff champion has shown no rust in 2020, posting a perfect record in 3 starts after missing the entire 2019 campaign. Her remarkable 12-for-14 career record includes a win in Keeneland’s Grade 1 Ashland Stakes as a 3-year-old in 2018.

Channel Maker
LAST 5 RACES:

1-1-3-4-8

PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHT ANALYSIS:
Turf Classic

Veteran son of Breeders’ Cup Turf winner English Channel has captured back-to-back Grade 1 races in New York of late, the Sword Dancer at Saratoga and Joe Hirsch Turf Classic at Belmont. This would be his fourth BC appearance and third in the Turf, finishing out of the money in his previous bids.

United
LAST 5 RACES:

1-2-1-1-1

PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHT ANALYSIS:
John Henry Turf

Runner-up in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Turf at 51-1 odds, he has owned the California grass scene in 2020 and is a mere head away from perfection in 5 starts. Trainer Richard Mandella has 9 Breeders’ Cup wins, including the 1993 Turf with Kotashaan when he, like United, was a 5-year-old.

Enable
LAST 5 RACES:

6-1-1-2-2

PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHT ANALYSIS:
2018 BC Turf

One of the sport’s all-time greats, England’s legendary 6-year-old mare could return to the Breeders’ Cup looking for an encore to her 2018 glory. That victory at Churchill Downs was her only start in America, and part of an incredible, 11-race winning streak. But her sixth-place effort in the Oct. 4 Arc de Triomphe was the worst finish of her career.

TIZ THE LAW
LAST 5 RACES:

2-1-1-1-1

PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHT ANALYSIS:
Travers Stakes

Upset in the Kentucky Derby as the race’s heaviest favorite since 1979, Tiz the Law looks to rebound in the Classic and make his case for Horse of the Year. His Florida Derby, Belmont Stakes and Travers wins against 3-year-olds now must stack up against elder horses for the first time.

Tom’s d’Etat
LAST 5 RACES:

3-1-1-1-1

PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHT ANALYSIS:
Fayette Stakes

Kentucky’s top Classic contender has won the Fayette at Keeneland, as well as Churchill’s Clark Handicap and Stephen Foster within the Commonwealth. Al Stall Jr. trained Blame when he toppled the previously unbeaten Zenyatta in the 2010 Classic.

MAXIMUM SECURITY
LAST 5 RACES:

2-1-1-1-1

PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHT ANALYSIS:
Pacific Classic

The 2020 Grade 1 Pacific Classic and Saudi Cup winner has earned more than $12 million to date, but makes his first appearance at the Breeders’ Cup. He was upset by stablemate Improbable in the Grade 1 Awesome Again Stakes in his most recent start, just the second time in his career he didn’t cross the wire first.

IMPROBABLE
LAST 5 RACES:

1-1-1-2-5

PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHT ANALYSIS:
Awesome Again Stakes

Nearly perfect this year after finishing fifth in the 2019 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, Improbable returns to championship day on the heels of Grade 1 victories in the Hollywood Gold Cup, Whitney and Awesome Again Stakes. The Bob Baffert trainee could cement Horse of the Year with a Classic win.