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

Tanya Simon
May 17, 2018

Justify will enter the race as the betting favorite, looking to remain undefeated and win the second leg of the Triple Crown after his dominant performance at the Kentucky Derby.

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.

WBAL NewsRadio 1090's Preakness coverage comes from Pimlico Race Course starting at 7 a.m. Saturday.

Trainer Bob Baffert said he's wanted to let Justify develop at his own pace.

Good Magic was a game second-place finisher to Justify at the Kentucky Derby.

Unbeaten in four career races, Justify was accompanied by Preakness contenders Lone Sailor and Quip on the flight from Louisville to Baltimore-Washington International Airport.

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Quip, who shares some of the same owners as Justify, could spoil the party for Justify and Good Magic if he runs like he has in the last few months.

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.

The importance of post position is slightly lesser for the Preakness, the shortest of the three Triple Crown events, given it is typically a much smaller field compared to the Kentucky Derby. Good Magic, the Derby runner-up who is trained by Chad Brown, drew Post 5 and was made the second choice at 3-1.

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

The race is set to start just after 6 p.m. on NBC.

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