2020 Preakness Stakes, Swiss Skydiver with Robby Albarado Up

104| Jeaneen Barnhart (American, b. 1967)

2020 Preakness Stakes, Swiss Skydiver with Robby Albarado Up

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Charcoal/Pastel, 15" x 68"

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Swiss Skydiver’s victory in the 2020 Preakness Stakes produced one of the most electrifying moments in recent horse-racing history. The prerace story lines were numerous and varied: from the oddity of classic races’ being run in the fall amidst a global pandemic and Bob Baffert’s sending out a potential third Triple Crown winner in six years to the question of whether Art Collector could give Authentic a true test, and the always popular fairy-tale story line of the filly against the colts.

The morning-line odds gave Swiss Skydiver a reasonable amount of respect, making her co-third choice at 6-1, but by the time she reached the post, Swiss Skydiver had moved to sixth choice at 11-1. Unaware that she was a relative longshot, that she was facing Authentic, a horse that many fancied to win the Triple Crown, and that she was a filly to boot, Swiss Skydiver went out and gave it her all; the result … pure magic. Not only did the filly beat the boys but she did it in spectacular fashion.

The stretch duel between Swiss Skydiver and Authentic was one of the greatest and grittiest finishes that any railbird could claim to have seen in many years. The heart, determination, and the will to win that each of these magnificent athletes showed was beyond amazing. Swiss Skydiver outpaced the field by nearly 10 lengths and became just the second filly to win the Preakness Stakes in nearly 100 years.

The race stands on its own as one of the greatest Preakness Stakes performances the racing community has ever witnessed. The true story line of the 2020 Preakness Stakes was a little bit of everything: The world was in the midst of a pandemic, May sundresses had been exchanged for October shawls, Authentic proved to be a truly exceptional, and the filly did beat the boys.


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