Kentucky Derby victor Justify hot favorite for the Preakness Stakes

Kentucky Derby victor Justify hot favorite for the Preakness Stakes

More importantly, his connections elected to skip the Kentucky Derby in favor of the Preakness, so he'll be well-rested compared to Justify, who has run four races in three months. He faces a field of 8 on Saturday in the 143rd Preakness Stakes.

Stall 40, located in the front corner of the stakes barn, is usually reserved for the Kentucky Derby victor. They stopped Justify dead in his tracks. "Those things, you don't know when they are going to sneak up on you, but right now, I'm not really anxious about it". "I really, really need a raincoat", Adam Duritz of the Counting Crows sang in the band's moody 1993 ballad "Raining In Baltimore".

The unforgiving weather pattern hanging over the Mid-Atlantic part of the United States is going to play a role in the track conditions for the Preakness Stakes.

Kentucky Derby victor Justify has been given a work-out at Pimlico Racecourse where he will attempt to keep his Triple Crown hopes alive in the Preakness Stakes.

The Preakness Stakes always presents a challenge to the best three-year-old horses, but the 2018 edition of the race could include another element in the mix. But the drop-off is particularly noticeable this year, with just seven foes lining up to try to derail Justify's Triple Crown bid before it reaches NY. Only 12 horses have won the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes in the same year, the most recent the Baffert-trained American Pharoah in 2015.

With the Derby still fresh in our minds, there's always a temptation to just concede the Preakness to the victor.

Well, on Tuesday, the rains of Baltimore did something no horse has yet to do.

"In the Kentucky Derby, Bravazo had one of the widest trips and still made up ground in the stretch", Demling told SportsLine.

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In the 2016 Derby, Exaggerator came from some 18 lengths back to finish a fast-closing second to Nyquist. That's the chance Ortiz would have to take if he wants to come up with a different way to beat Justify and avoid a repeat of the Derby. "We're all in here together in the same barn so we get to hang out together".

"We knew he was something special from Day 1".

Undefeated in four races, Justify may not have a lot of experience.

Despite those caveats, the #RJhorseracing handicappers showed no hesitancy in predicting that Justify will roll in the Preakness.

Give me Justify for the Win with Quip up for Second and Good Magic Third. That's in comparison to The Kentucky Derby's 2017 crowd of 158,070 fans and wagers totaling more than $209 million, as reported by the Louisville Courier Journal.

I yield to the wisdom of the crowd, but would recommend also using Bravazo in the exotics. That's one unknown. Another is that on a muddy track anything can - and often does - happen.

Whether you're taking the favorite, at 1-2, or looking for a viable longshot to spoil Justify's Triple Crown run, there's plenty to know about each horse in the field. So does this mean that all other horses are running for 2nd place and there is likely not going to be a big payout?

Trifecta bet: Wheel Justify over Diamond King, Good Magic, Lone Sailor and Sporting Chance. I'll try to manufacture value by playing Justify on top of 20-1 Tenfold in a $20 exacta. "You've got obtained have a troublesome horse right here and he is robust".

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