Preakness Stakes Horse: Pneumatic

Preakness Profile: Pneumatic

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

By Ed McNamara

Pneumatic

Pneumatic – Photo Courtesy of Ryan Denver/EQUI-PHOTO.

He didn’t make his career debut until Feb. 15 at Oaklawn, where he won his first two races and created a lot of buzz. In only his third career start, Pneumatic ran a creditable third behind standouts Maxfield and Ny Traffic in the Matt Winn Stakes at Churchill Downs. A decent fourth-place finish in the Belmont Stakes preceded a 2 1/4-length win in the Pegasus at Monmouth Park three weeks before the Derby.

He’s a son of one of the world’s top sires, Uncle Mo, whose progeny often win first time out and excel as 2-year-olds. Pneumatic is an exception to that trend.

He’s just been a late-maturing horse,” said Scott Blasi, assistant to Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen. “This race being later in the year has allowed him to come along and come around at his own rate. It just seemed like a good spot after the race at Monmouth.”

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Odds: 20-1

Post position: No. 10

Jockey: Joe Bravo

Trainer: Steve Asmussen

Owner: Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC

Career record: 5-3-1-0

Career earnings: $256,850

Top Equibase speed figure: 113

Pedigree: Uncle Mo-Teardrop, by Tapit

Color: Dark bay

Running style: Stalker

Notes: Turned in a 5-furlong bullet work of 1:00.85 over Saratoga’s deep Oklahoma training track on Sept. 21. “On this track that’s about as good as horses work,” Blasi said. “He’s trained really good since the Pegasus. We expect a big effort in the Preakness.” … Hall of Famer Asmussen, 54, won the Preakness with Curlin (2007) and the filly Rachel Alexandra (2009). He recently surpassed 9,000 wins and trails the all-time leader, the late Dale Baird (9,445).

2020 Preakness Horses and Field

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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