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Justify received the Kentucky Derby in spectacular trend towards 19 different opponents.
If he’s going to take the second jewel of the Triple Crown within the Preakness Stakes Saturday, he must beat simply seven different horses.
This is historically the case, because the race at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore attracts a lot smaller fields than its counterpart at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.
That doesn’t imply Justify can have a straightforward time of it, as he runs the 1 Three/16-mile race. The race observe at Pimlico options tighter turns and a shorter stretch run, and it normally implies that come-from-behind horses can have much less of a chance to get to the winner’s circle.
That doesn’t essentially apply to Justify, who’s able to successful in some ways, together with with the lead or whereas stalking the tempo.
Justify will begin from the No. 7 post within the Preakness, and he’s favored at odds of 1-2.
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Good Magic, who finished second to Justify at the Derby, is going to try his rival again in the Preakness, and he is the second choice in the race at 3-1.
Trainer Chad Brown likes the way his horse has responded since the Derby, and that’s why he is going to test Justify once again. Good Magic looked good at the top of the stretch in that race, but Justify was not about to let anyone run by him. Good Magic will start from the No. 5 hole
Here’s a look at the Preakness field, along with the post positions and morning-line odds, according to Pimlico track announcer Dave Rodman:
Post Position, Horse, Odds
1. Quip (12-1)
2. Lone Sailor (15-1)
Three. Sporting Chance (30-1)
four. Diamond King (30-1)
5. Good Magic (Three-1)
6. Tenfold (20-1)
7. Justify (1-2)
eight. Bravazo (20-1)
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Preakness entrant, Quip, led out by his coach Rodolphe Brisset https://t.co/xuxwsLChiP
The horse to look out for could also be Quip, who didn’t run within the Derby. Quip is rated at 12-1 within the morning line; nonetheless, his connections have been pointing to this race, and he could possibly give Justify an honest problem.
Like Justify, Quip likes to run with the lead or from simply off the tempo. If no one else goes to the entrance with respectable pace, it will not be a shock to see Quip leap to the lead early on within the race. If he can keep his benefit with out having to go to quick within the first half of the race, he could have an opportunity to tug off an upset.
Quip must run out of the No. 1 gap, and whereas that’s not as large a drawback within the Preakness as it’s within the Derby as a result of the sphere is a lot smaller, the rail at Pimlico has been a really troublesome project in latest weeks.
However, since Justify likes to run the identical sort of race, it could be an excessive amount of for Quip to tug off. If Bob Baffert’s Derby champion is pretty shut or presses the tempo, he’s simply too large, too sturdy and too quick for many horses to beat.
If Justify is profitable on the Preakness, he can have an opportunity to finish the Triple Crown within the Belmont Stakes three weeks in a while June 9.
He would possible face a discipline of contemporary challengers within the 1 1/2-mile race, and that is typically what makes successful the Triple Crown such an enormous problem.
Good Magic is a superb horse who ran a tremendous race on the Kentucky Derby however was not adequate to beat Justify.
Credit Brown for wanting one other shot at Justify, and he is without doubt one of the finest trainers round. However, he nonetheless can have a tough time bettering on his second-place standing.
Justify is as soon as once more within the No. 7 gap as he was within the Kentucky Derby, and that ought to work out effectively for him. He needs to be ready close to the entrance, and by the point the horses have run one mile, he ought to have the lead and no one will get in entrance of him.
Quip is an efficient horse who needs to be prepared for the Preakness, however having to run from the lifeless rail at Pimlico will damage him. Look for Diamond King to select up a share and end in third place.