Swiss Skydiver upsets Authentic; wins 2020 Preakness Stakes

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

Swiss Skydiver has won the 2020 Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland. Swiss Skydiver won the race in a photo finish.

The winning horse held off Authentic; who finished second. The race was over in 1:53.28. 

Swiss Skydiver (Photo by ESPN Stats and Information)

Swiss Skydiver was the only filly in the race.

“She’s just such a special filly,” trainer Kenny McPeek said. “Just a real honor to be around a horse like this.”

This was the second-fastest Preakness Stakes race. Only the legendary Secretariat — who was a Triple Crown winner — was faster in 1973 with a 1:53.0.

Authentic was the betting-favorite to win the race. In fact, the horse had a 3-2 betting line at post time. 

The horse was looking to win two of the three legs of the Triple Crown. However, Authentic was not able to pull it off.

Authentic won the Kentucky Derby in September. The horse was upset by a 11-1 horse. 

Swiss Skydiver was the first filly to compete in the Preakness Stakes since 2014. Ria Antonia, the last filly to compete in the race, finished last. 

McPeek has now won two Triple Crown events. He also won the 2002 Belmont Stakes with Sarava. 

“I didn’t feel like that much tension,” McPeek said. “I feel like we had her well-prepared.”

Swiss Skydiver and Authentic were side-by-side down the stretch. Thousand Words — who finished third — was 10 lengths behind.

“She continues to get stronger, and it’s amazing,” McPeek said. “I’ve been doing this for 35 years and you’re around horses and sometimes you run them and they come back tired. She never gets tired. If anything, she makes me tried dragging me around the barn every day.”

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