Justify Draws Lucky No. 7 for 143rd Preakness Stakes
The 143rd Preakness Stakes Post Posicitions are in. Post No. 7 worked out quite well for Justify at the Kentucky Derby. He’ll break from the same post at Saturday’s Preakness Stakes. The race starts at 6:20 PM ET post time on NBC. It doesn’t look like he’ll get much competition as the 1/2 favorite on the Morning Line.
Good Magic will break from the 5-hole as the 3/1 second favorite in this eight-horse race. Quip, who skipped the Kentucky Derby after finishing second at the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby, is next on the inside rail at 12/1.
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Justify arrived at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore on Wednesday with trainer Bob Baffert. They arrived about 90 minutes before the post position draw. Baffert led the chestnut colt to Stall 28. He avoided the potential media circus around Stall 40. That is the usual destination for Kentucky Derby winners.
Quip and Lone Sailor (15/2, post No. 2) arrived on the same flight.
Baffert is 4-0 at the Preakness when bringing in Derby winners. Winners include American Pharoah, who claimed the Triple Crown in 2015. At press time, Justify is available at 6/4 on the horse racing props market to complete the Triple Crown by winning both the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, June 9.
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143rd Preakness Stakes Odds: The Contenders
The 143rd running of the Preakness Stakes will take place at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland on May 19, 2018. Here is a look at the competing field with each horse, along with their post position and their Preakness Stakes betting odds:
|1. Quip (Rodolphe Brisset, Florent Geroux)||14/1|
|2. Lone Sailor (Tom Amoss, Irad Ortiz Jr.)||20/1|
|3. Sporting Chance (D. Wayne Lukas, Luis Contreras)||40/1|
|4. Diamond King (John Servis, Javier Castellano)||20/1|
|5. Good Magic (Chad Brown, Jose Ortiz)||13/4|
|6. Tenfold (Steve Asmussen, Ricardo Santana Jr.)||33/1|
|7. Justify (Bob Baffert, Mike Smith)||4/9|
|8. Bravazo (D. Wayne Lukas, Luis Saez)||18/1|
*Odds as of May 17, 2018
2018 Preakness Stakes Odds: Betting Preview
We knew that Justify would be on top of the Preakness Stakes betting lines heading into Saturday’s race. But it’s still a bit of a shock to see how far ahead of the pack he is. The reigning Kentucky Derby champion is far and away the best of the 2018 Preakness Stakes favorites.
Only Good Magic, who finished second at the Derby, is within shouting distance. Here are the eight horses in Saturday’s field. They are listed in order from shortest to longest odds. Bovada Racebook will have fresh odds for the Preakness Stakes all the way up to post time.
Trained by Bob Baffert, who also led American Pharoah to Triple Crown glory in 2015, Justify has drawn the same post position that he had at Churchill Downs: post No. 7. Five horses have won the Preakness from this comfortable position since 1987. Both horse and trainer arrived in Baltimore on Wednesday after flying in from Louisville.
Baffert has won the Preakness six times, including 4-0 when bringing the Kentucky Derby winner to Pimlico. Jockey Mike Smith will try to win the Preakness for just the second time after riding Prairie Bayou to victory in 1993.
Good Magic (3/1)
The reigning Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner has raced six times in his career and has always finished on the podium. He’s drawn post No. 5, which has produced two Preakness champions since 2011. Trainer Chad Brown is lamenting the expected rainy conditions at Pimlico. This after finishing 2 ½ lengths behind Justify at the wettest-ever Kentucky Derby.
Brown won his first Preakness last year with Cloud Computing, while jockey Jose Ortiz has yet to win the Run for the Black-Eyed Susans.
There are four “shooters” in this year’s lineup. Quip has the best Preakness Stakes 2018 odds of the bunch. Only two horses have won the Preakness from post No. 1 since 1994. The most recent was American Pharoah. Quip finished second to Magnum Moon at the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby on April 14. He then skipped the Kentucky Derby.
Three shooters have won the Preakness this millennium: Cloud Computing, Rachel Alexandra (2009) and Bernardini (2006).
Diamond Kind (30/1)
He may be the shooter of choice this year. This is after finishing first at the Federico Tesio Stakes on April 24 at Laurel Park – just a stone’s throw from Pimlico. Trainer John Servis also won the 2004 Preakness with Smarty Jones, while jockey Javier Castellano was on top of Cloud Computing last year.
Diamond King will try to become the third horse since 2000 to win the Preakness from post No. 4.
This is one of two Preakness horses this year for six-time winning trainer D. Wayne Lukas. While he finished sixth at the Kentucky Derby, Bravazo is an experienced horse with a victory under his saddle at the Grade 2 Risen Star Stakes on February 17.
Bravazo will be on the outside in post No. 8, which has produced two Preakness winners since 2002.
Lone Sailor (12/1)
Of all the hopefuls at the 2018 Preakness Stakes Lone Sailor drew post 2. Only Cloud Computing has won from that inside spot since 1986. Both trainer Tom Amoss and jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. are still looking for their first win at the Preakness.
Trainer Steve Asmussen has won the Preakness twice, in 2007 and 2009. Tenfold’s odds on the Preakness Stakes have dropped from 30/1 on the Morning Line despite drawing post No. 6. That is the most successful post since 1987 with five champions.
Tenfold will also have three-time Preakness winning jockey Victor Espinoza on board.
Sporting Chance (30/1)
If you like to bet on Preakness Stakes long shots, Sporting Chance is aptly named 30/1 after drawing post No. 3. Three horses have won the Preakness from there since 1988. This is the second horse for Lukas in Saturday’s field. Although Sporting Chance is technically a shooter, he raced on Derby Day, finishing fourth at the Grade 3 Pat Day Mile.
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