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Preakness Stakes 2018: Justify prohibitive favorite in morning-line odds

Preakness Stakes 2018: Justify prohibitive favorite in morning-line odds

Eight horses will race from the starting gates at 6:20 p.m. ET on Saturday and Kentucky Derby victor Justify is the morning line favorite at 1-2 following Wednesday's post draw. The 143rd Preakness Stakes is scheduled to take place on May 20, 2017 at Pimlico in Baltimore, Maryland.

Joining Justify and Good Magic as contenders from the Kentucky Derby will be Lone Sailor, and Bravazo.

"You're putting some added pressure on all of us", Baffert said.

What Walden didn't say at that moment, but what he and Baffert believe, is that if Justify runs his race Saturday, nothing else will matter.

Justify will be flanked by Tenfold (20-1) on his left and Bravazo (20-1), who finished sixth at the Derby, on his right.

Sporting Chance is the most experienced of the Preakness runners on wet racetracks with a win, one third, and one unplaced finish in three attempts. The Bob Baffert-trained colt won the Derby May 5 in those very conditions. "I've tended to do pretty well in math, and I know it's the shortest way around there", he said. "I just feel that when you know that there's a chance you can pull this off and when you can win on the big arena, that's what it's all about".

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Justify ended a 136-year-old hoodoo at the Kentucky Derby with his fourth victory in four starts, becoming the first horse to win the Run for the Roses having not raced as a two-year-old since 1882. "Coming in here I feel the same as I did when I won it with the other ones". The other five are 15-1 or higher: Lone Sailor (post 2, 15-1); Tenfold (post 6) and Bravazo (post 8) are 20-1 and Sporting Chance (post 3) and Diamond Cove (post 4) are 30-1.

Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas, aboard his popular stable pony Starbuck, was already leading back last year's GI Hopeful S. victor and 'TDN Rising Star' Sporting Chance (Tiznow) to the stakes barn as some light rain continued to fall shortly after sunrise.

Baffert won the Derby and Preakness with Silver Charm in 1997, Real Quiet in 1998, War Emblem in 2002 and American Pharoah three years ago. Good Magic galloped about 1 1/4 miles beneath regular exercise rider Walter Malasquez, making two trips past the Pimlico grandstand. I think with him, he's doing the same.

Quip is the new shooter best positioned to give Justify a run after winning the Tampa Bay Derby.

"He went great", Elliott Walden, president and racing manager of Justify co-owner WinStar Farms, told reporters after the test run. Demling also correctly predicted that Afleet Alex, Curlin, Rachel Alexandra and Looking at Lucky would spoil Triple Crown bids. Justify arrived Wednesday about 90 minutes before the post-position draw, and Baffert expects to take him on the track for the first time Thursday morning.


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