Preakness Stakes 2020 Horse Profile: Jesus’ Team

Preakness Profile: Jesus’ Team

In the days leading up to Saturday’s 145th Preakness, will be publishing profiles of the 11 horses entered in 2020’s final leg of the Triple Crown.

By Ed McNamara

Jesus’ Team – Courtesy of Pimlico press release

He ran respectably in his last three races – Haskell (fourth), Pegasus (second), Jim Dandy (third) – but never showed anything to make you think he could win a classic. That didn’t deter his owner from supplementing him for $25,000 to the Preakness. A 4-furlong breeze in 47.80 seconds Sept. 19 at Monmouth Park prompted the investment.

I explained to the owner the races available to him, and he thinks the best decision was to run in the Preakness,” trainer Jose D’Angelo said. “He’s very, very good right now, and the Preakness is a great race for us.”

Jesus’ Team has won only twice, in a $32,000 maiden claimer and a claimer. As for his name, there’s no religious connotation. He’s named after the owner’s son.

He’s a deep closer, so don’t expect him to give Authentic any trouble up front. Jesus’ Team was more than seven lengths behind the Derby winner in the Haskell, and they’re not close to being in the same league.

In all his races, and in all his works, I think he runs his best race last to front,” said D’Angelo. “Only one move. I think that will be his best way in the Preakness.”

Best-case scenario: Jesus’ Team passes tired horses late and plods up for third or fourth. No matter what his odds are, don’t bet him to win.

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Jesus’ Team

Odds: 30-1

Post position: No. 6

Jockey: Jevian Toledo

Trainer: Jose D’Angelo

Owner: Grupo 7C Stable

Career record: 10-2-3-2

Career earnings: $146,640

Top Equibase speed figure: 109

Pedigree: Tapiture-Golden Memories, by Suave

Color: Bay

Running style: Closer

Notes: D’Angelo, a native of Venezuela, is the son of Francisco D’Angelo, a champion trainer in his homeland before coming to the United States five years ago. Both are based at Gulfstream Park. Jose assisted his father before saddling his first winner in July 2019.

Preakness Stakes Odds

2020 Preakness Stakes Odds and Post Positions
PP Horse Jockey Odds
1 Excession Sheldon Russell 30-1
2 Mr. Big News Gabriel Saez 12-1
3 Art Collector Brian Hernandez Jr. 5-2
4 Swiss Skydiver Robby Albarado 6-1
5 Thousand Words Florent Geroux 6-1
6 Jesus’ Team Jevian Toledo 30-1
7 NY Traffic Horacio Karamanos 15-1
8 Max Player Paco Lopez 15-1
9 Authentic John Velazquez 9-5
10 Pneumatic Joe Bravo 20-1
11 Liveyourbeastlife Trevor Mccarthy 30-1
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