Justify sets off for Baltimore ahead of Preakness Stakes


After taking home first place at the KENTUCKY DERBY, American thoroughbred Justify is favoured to win the second title on route to a potential Triple Crown season.

Justify is the 1-2 morning-line favorite in an eight-horse field at the Preakness coming off his impressive win in the Kentucky Derby.

Kentucky Derby winner Justify draws 7 post, is heavy 1-2 favorite for Preakness

Justify's quest for the Triple Crown continues Saturday at the 143rd running of the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore.

There's no guarantee Quip can beat the two favorites, but he could challenge them at the start of the race, which could end up throwing a wrench in the race plans of Justify and Good Magic.

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No. 5 Good Magic is the second choice at 3-1, and No. 1 Quip is third at 12-1.

Post position has seemed much less important in the Preakness than in the Kentucky Derby because of the smaller fields (the Kentucky Derby usually features 20 horses) and the layout of the race, with the Preakness allowing more time for horses to get into position before the first turn. Trained by the Triple Crown-winning Bob Baffert, he drew Post 7, same as he had in the Derby, and was installed as the 1-2 morning-line favorite during the draw on Wednesday at Pimlico Race Course.

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Justify did have a hoof issue coming out of the Kentucky Derby, and a specialist flew in from Florida to re-shoe the horse's foot, writes Fran Jurga for HoofBlog.com.

James Scully from Brisnet has a look at why Preakness history favors horses who run in the Kentucky Derby. A furlong is one-eighth of a mile, so the Preakness is 110 yards shorter than the Kentucky Derby.

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