Justify draws 7 post, is heavy favourite to win Preakness

Kentucky Derby winner Justify ridden by exercise rider Humberto Gomez works out on Thursday in preparation for the 143rd Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on Saturday

Bravazo made his first start on a wet track when sixth in the Kentucky Derby, beaten by eight lengths by Justify. He broke a long-standing historical Derby trend by winning it without a start as a two-year-old. If a horse or horses do go, Smith has the option of parking Justify just to their outside out of trouble, exactly like he did in the Derby. His historical feats are fitting considering the history his trainer is chasing this year.

Baffert, who trained the last Triple Crown victor American Pharoah, told NBC after the Kentucky Derby that Justify ranks up there with his top horses.

Justify will start from the No. 7 post in the Preakness, and he is favored at odds of 1-2.

After hitting the Travers Stakes victor and top two finishers in the Pegasus World Cup, he called Noble Indy winning the Louisiana Derby over favorite My Boy Jack. Each of Baffert's four Derby winners has also won the Preakness. Horse and trainer are bucking historical trends and threatening records that date to a period before electricity. Prior to the Kentucky Derby, he won the Santa Anita Derby.

"I will always be grateful for the opportunity he gave me", said Egan of Trombetta, whose horses have won multiple graded-stakes and more than $52 million in purses. "Sunny Jim" Fitzsimmons accomplished that seemingly impossible feat in 1930 and 1935.

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Good Magic, who held off Audible for second in Louisville, Bravazo and Lone Sailor are going to try to beat Justify one more time.

Justify is aiming to become only the 13th horse in victory to win all three races in the Triple Crown. Should Justify finally show he is mortal, Good Magic would be the most likely victor and would give Brown his second consecutive Preakness. Although Diamond King looks good, Telekinesis will be mentally up for a strong showing since it last raced at Keeneland on April 14. His sire, Curlin, was a monster on a sloppy track, winning the 2007 Breeders' Cup Classic and 2008 Jockey Club Gold Cup in the slop. He ran eighth in the Kentucky Derby, but trainer Tom Amoss thought that was because he was stopped in traffic not because of the racetrack.

None of the other seven horses can beat him. The race track at Pimlico features tighter turns and a shorter stretch run, and it usually means that come-from-behind horses will have less of an opportunity to get to the winner's circle. Last year's victor, Cloud Computing, followed a similar path. Quip has only run twice since last October and should be fresh for the Preakness 2018.

Sporting Chance, Tenfold, and Diamond King are long-shots expected to round out the field. If the horse wins, you collect all three; if second, two ways; and if third, one way, losing the win and place bets.

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