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Justify sets off for Baltimore ahead of Preakness Stakes

Justify sets off for Baltimore ahead of Preakness Stakes

Headed into the post draw, CBS Sports had Justify a heavy favorite at 2-5, with Good Magic (7-2) and Quip (16-1) behind.

The two horses have different resumes.

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.

Curlin, who won the 2007 Preakness, kept alive a remarkable streak when Good Magic finished second in the Kentucky Derby, as he has now produced a classic victor or classic-placed runner from each of his first six crops to race. He's the victor of the Federico Tesio Stakes and his jockey, Javier Castellano, won the Preakness previous year.

After Apollo's win, no other horse who hadn't been raced by age 2 won the Derby. His victory at the Kentucky Derby was decisive, winning by two-and-a-half lengths in awful, wet track conditions.

The horse trained by Rodolphe Brisset took the Tampa Bay Stakes in March and finished second behind Kentucky Derby participant Magnum Moon in April's Arkansas Derby. "But we want a lovely day [on Saturday] so people can come enjoy the spectacle of the Preakness". Of course, once your bet is a victor, you don't care about the doubts you had before you placed it, and with Baffert's success in Preakness' past, Justify feels like a ticket that will cash on Saturday.

Eight horses are now expected to run in the 2018 Preakness Stakes.

"I don't think I'll be next to him very long, " Bravazo trainer Wayne Lukas said of Justify. The Chad Brown-trained colt was named 2016 champion two-year-old male after winning the Breeders' Cup Juvenile and then prepped for the Kentucky Derby with a win in the Blue Grass Stakes. "Whether it's good enough, we'll see".

Roswell, New Mexico native Mike Smith will ride Justify for Baffert, who is trying for a record-equaling seventh Preakness win.


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