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Justify Looks to Continue Triple Crown Hopes at Preakness Stakes

May 15, 2018 - 11:12 am
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By Joe Schiller

As the Orioles finish up a nine-game homestand and the Ravens gear up for OTAs, Baltimore will play host to the 143rd Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on Saturday. The second leg of the Triple Crown attracts thousands of people annually from all over the globe.

Less than two weeks ago, Justify continued its undefeated streak, winning the Kentucky Derby without much competition. It was an impressive running from the horse among rainy and muddy conditions at Churchill Downs.

Justify will now look to defend its crown at the Preakness among an expected eight-horse field.

Justify

Good Magic

Quip

Diamond King

Bravazo

Sporting Chance  

Tenfold

Lone Sailor

Post time is scheduled for 6:20 p.m. ET.

To no surprises, Justify is the overwhelming favorite. This is even after the horse was treated for a heel bruise following its Kentucky Derby win. Trainer Bob Baffert was an integral part of American Pharoah’s Triple Crown-winning season in 2015 and will look to do the same this year. He’s won six Preakness Stakes and is undefeated in the race when his horses have won the Kentucky Derby.

Good Magic finished just behind Justify at the Derby and enters the field again on Saturday. He figures to be the biggest challenge and the two will duel it out again for the second straight race. Behind the top two horses, Diamond King and Quip provide the best upset potential for those hedging their bets.

The weather forecast will be heavily factored into the race. Rain is expected every day this week in and on Saturday. If that’s the case, Justify should have another strong chance given its success under similar conditions just two weeks ago.

It’s going to be another fantastic race and we’ll see if Justify can continue its dominance en route to a Triple Crown title.