Preakness 2018 Draw and Odds: Justify Is Overwhelming Favorite

Heather Diaz
May 17, 2018

With heavy overnight thunderstorms leaving the Pimlico main track a sloppy mess (more of this is unfortunately forecasted for the remainder of the week), the dark bay was out for only light exercise.

At Churchill Downs, Justify got a ideal ride from jockey Mike Smith, who will back in the irons at Pimlico.

The post-position draw for the Preakness was held on Wednesday afternoon, when the morning-line odds were released.

"That's putting some added pressure on us", Baffert said of the odds. The horse was "closing well" at both the Kentucky Derby and Louisiana Derby, Goldberg said, and could hit the board at the Preakness.

He said it saves the horse. "So you have wiggle room when you have two superior horses like that".

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Good Magic, who is 3-1 in the morning line for the Preakness, was the 2-year-old champion with a win in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile. He's the victor of the Federico Tesio Stakes and his jockey, Javier Castellano, won the Preakness past year. Justify also broke from the seventh gate in his Kentucky Derby victory. "But we want a attractive day [on Saturday] so people can come enjoy the spectacle of the Preakness". John Cherwa from the Los Angeles Times asks the big question: can Justify repeat at the Preakness?

Undefeated in four starts, Justify was rated the 1/2 favourite after the draw for the eight-horse field in the 1-3/16-mile (1900m) race at Pimlico. Joining Justify and Good Magic as contenders from the Kentucky Derby will be Lone Sailor, and Bravazo.

"I don't think I'll be next to him very long, " Bravazo trainer Wayne Lukas said of Justify. "Whether it's good enough, we'll see".

Ridden by Mike Smith, Justify won the Derby as the favourite earlier this month and now all eyes will be on whether the Bob Baffert-trained colt can create some intrigue going into the June 9 Belmont Stakes, the final leg of the Triple Crown.

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