Justify is the favorite for the Preakness

Justify is the favorite for the Preakness

Lukas has two entries in the eight-horse field for the Preakness, Sporting Chance (30-1) and Bravazo (20-1).

Baffert joked, "He's going to wear me out!"

Justify will race in the seven position.

Justify, the Bob Baffert-trained victor of the Kentucky Derby and the heavy favorite coming into the second leg of the Triple Crown, overcame a rainy day and a sloppy track almost two weeks ago, winning by two and a half lengths. It was there for Baffert if he wanted it, but the white-haired Hall of Fame trainer opted for a cubicle that was far less obtrusive. His previous four Derby champions all won two weeks later in Baltimore. If Justify does what's expected of him, Baffert will tie 19th century trainer R.W. Walden's record.

The Derby champ left Wednesday morning for Baltimore ahead of this weekend's Preakness Stakes.

"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. Secondly, Baffert has never lost at the Preakness after winning the Derby (Silver Charm 1997, Real Quiet 1998, War Emblem 2002 and American Pharoah 2015).

The Tomlinson Ratings in the Daily Racing Form provide insight into horses that might run well on a wet track based on pedigree. The Preakness is known as "The Run for the Black-Eyed Susans" and is the second leg of horse racing's Triple Crown. It's the same size field American Pharoah beat three years ago, thin in part because Justify scared away many of his rivals.

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A almost 136-year-old streak of odd luck, set on May 16, 1882, was broken May 5 of this year, with the victory of 3-year-old Justify in the Kentucky Derby. Should Justify finally show he is mortal, Good Magic would be the most likely victor and would give Brown his second consecutive Preakness. He was fine with how both drew. "We should be close early".

He said it saves the horse.

Baffert has six Preakness wins, and he'll be joined this year by another six-time Preakness-winning trainer, D. Wayne Lukas. The 20-1 choice will start from the No. 8 post. "I don't want to be 50 to 1".

Justify faces a smaller field than that which the horse faced at the Derby. A Tomlinson Rating of 320 or higher means a horse deserves consideration while a 400 or higher is considered extremely strong. I like knowing that I have a chance to win. Justify, the Kentucky Derby victor, is expected to be the heavy favorite. Justify made history with his win at Churchill Downs, becoming the first horse since Apollo in 1882 to win the Derby having had no racing experience as a two-year-old. It's a mile and an eighth against some of the better fillies in the country, and not many horses can do what we are asking of her. "The Black-Eyed Susan is one of the biggest races in Maryland and to be there with a Maryland-bred just adds to it".

"He shipped really well", Baffert said.

Like Justify, Quip likes to run with the lead or from just off the pace.

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