Kentucky Derby victor Justify draws No7 post for Preakness Stakes

Kentucky Derby victor Justify draws No7 post for Preakness Stakes

Kentucky Derby victor Justify drew the No. 7 post position for Saturday's Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland. Not the post position, not the other horses in the field and not the sopping-wet forecast.

The Kentucky Derby-winning trainer of Justify is apparently a huge fan of the musician. Fourteen of the last 17 Preakness winners exited the Kentucky Derby, and remember in 2009, the filly Rachel Alexandra similarly had a quick turnaround off her romp in the Kentucky Oaks against females.

The Preakness is known for its rowdy revelers along the infield at Pimlico, where thousands gather to party during race day. The last time there were less than eight runners in the Preakness was 1986, when seven ran.

As he did with 2015 Triple Crown victor American Pharoah, Baffert chose to put Justify in the middle of the Preakness barn rather than in Stall 40, the traditional home of the Derby victor. He seems to have worked his way through it just fine. Behind the undefeated colt is Good Magic at 3-1, while every other horse in the 2018 Preakness field is 12-1 or higher on the morning line.

Trainer Bob Baffert's four prior Kentucky Derby winners have all gone on to win the Preakness, so it was no surprised to see Justify, who will again be ridden by Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, installed as a 1-2 early favorite.

Bravazo will be the horse to Justify's outside in the starting gate. The final six furlongs of the race were run in 1:18. It's very hard to win world-class races without megabucks, and Justify's owners include many from society's 1 Percent.

If Justify wins at Pimlico, he'll get a shot at a Triple Crown at the Belmont Stakes in New York June 9.

Justify won the wettest Kentucky Derby on record at Churchill Downs in early May

There are tons of different ways to bet on a horse race, but here are some of the most common and ones you'll likely hear about come Preakness time on Saturday. Overall, Preakness favorites are 72-for-142 in the second leg of the Triple Crown, and Justify is the overwhelming favorite Saturday at Pimlico.

Good Magic, victor of the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland in April for trainer Chad Brown, was made the 3-1 second choice for the 1 3/16 miles Preakness and drew post position No. 5. But he's got the most important element of a great horse.

Good Magic, trained by Chad Brown, galloped on Pimlico's muddy track for a second straight day on Wednesday. "And the main ingredient is more speed, and that's what he has".

Lukas and Baffert have each trained six Preakness winners.

#2 One Liner - At one point previous year, he was being discussed as a top Kentucky Derby contender after a strong start to his career and a runaway win in the Southwest. Anything's possible, but it's highly unlikely this time around.

Bravazo finished sixth in the Kentucky Derby. Sixteen of those graded stakes victories were in Grade 1 races.

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