Preakness Stakes 2020 Horse Profile: Ny Traffic

Preakness Profile: Ny Traffic

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

Ny Traffic – Courtesy of Churchill Downs/Coady Photography.

Before finishing a career-worst eighth in the Kentucky Derby, he was 4-for-4 (three seconds) in the money in graded stakes this year. Problem: He didn’t win any of those races.

It’s possible that like beaten favorite Tiz the Law, Ny Traffic disliked Churchill Downs’ quirky surface. Trainer Saffie Joseph Jr. decided to give him another chance in the Preakness after watching him breeze 4 furlongs in 48 seconds, second fastest at the distance, Sunday at Churchill. It was his first timed workout since the Sept. 5 Derby.

Ny Traffic chased Authentic in the Derby and was only a length behind after 6 furlongs. He was fourth after a mile before he began to drop back. He had just lost by a nose to Authentic in the Haskell, so he was expected to run much better in Louisville.

Can he regain the form he showed that day at Monmouth? Difficult, but not impossible. I don’t see Ny Traffic ending his stakes slump Saturday, but I give him a better chance than many of his rivals. Probably will be a pace casualty again, but not the worst stab with a small wager at big odds.

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Ny Traffic

Odds: 15-1

Post position: No. 7

Jockey: Horacio Karamanos

Trainer: Saffie Joseph Jr.

Owner: John Fanelli, Cash Is King LLC, LC Racing, Paul Braverman

Career record: 10-2-3-2

Career earnings: $565,470

Top Equibase speed figure: 109

Pedigree: Cross Traffic-Mamie Reilly, by Graeme Hall

Color: Gray

Running style: Front-runner/stalker

Notes: Paco Lopez rode Ny Traffic in the Derby, but he’ll be on Max Player for Steve Asmussen in the Preakness.

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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