Preakness Stakes 2018: Justify prohibitive favorite in morning-line odds

Justify will try to become the 11th Kentucky Derby winner since 1997 to also win the Preakness Stakes

Justify will try to become the 11th Kentucky Derby winner since 1997 to also win the Preakness Stakes

Kentucky Derby victor Justify will run from the seventh post at the Preakness Stakes on Saturday.

Baffert is 4-0 with Derby winners at the Preakness and has the opportunity to win his second Triple Crown in four years after American Pharoah did it in 2015.

The biggest challenger to Justify should be Good Magic, who placed second at Churchill Downs two weeks ago.

Post time for the 143 Preakness Stakes is set for 5:20 p.m. CDT Saturday at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.

Baffert and the horses then traveled to Pimlico by van with a police escort. Justify also broke from the seventh gate in his Kentucky Derby victory.

Following the PREAKNESS STAKES, TSN heads to Belmont Park in NY, to deliver the final stop in the American Triple Crown, the 150th running of the one and a half mile BELMONT STAKES on June 9.


While it may be tough to pick Justify straight up as the victor, he is a flawless horse to include in a trifecta or superfecta bet because he's expected to be at the front of the field.

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

Diamond King, who will start one spot inside of Good Magic, and Sporting Chance, who will break from the third post, each had the longest odds at 30-1.

Good Magic is back to challenge Justify again, along with Bravazo and Lone Sailor, which finished sixth and eighth in the Kentucky Derby, respectively.

With rain expected at Pimlico Race Course in the days leading up to the Preakness and on race day, veteran trainer D. Wayne Lukas expects the pace to be similar to the Derby.

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