Kentucky Derby Winner Justify Is Favored To Win Soggy Preakness

What time does the Preakness Stakes start

What time does the Preakness Stakes start

He could also break a tie with his friend, D. Wayne Lukas, for the most Triple Crown race victories.

It will be another muddy track for a Triple Crown race, with Justify the overwhelming favorite entering Saturday's 143rd running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.

The three-year-old fought off a lengthy challenge from Kentucky Derby runner-up Good Magic, then withstood hard-charging Bravazo for a half-length victory. Tenfold, at 26-1, was a neck farther back and another neck in front of a tired Good Magic, the 7-2 second choice.

And considering the dense, eerie fog at Pimlico, it's fair to wonder how many people at the track had clear sight of this fantastic finish? The last time a horse won the Triple Crown was American Pharoah in 2015, but before that, there hadn't been a victor since Affirmed in 1978.

Twenty-three other horses have won the first two jewels of the Triple Crown and have not captured the Belmont Stakes, most recently California Chrome in 2014.

With veteran jockey Mike Smith shepherding the way, Justify has taken first place in all five of his career races.

Ridden by Mike Smith, Justify won the Derby as the favorite and all eyes will be on whether the Bob Baffert-trained chestnut son of Scat Daddy can create some intrigue going into the June 9 Belmont Stakes, the final stop for the Crown. The weather led to several scratches on the undercard but as of yet none in the Preakness. Those races started at 11:30 a.m.




Justify won the 143rd Preakness Stakes, defeating seven competitors on a sloppy track.

It is not what Belinda Stronach, the chairman and president of the Stronach Group, envisioned when she approved upgrades to the tents, entertainment and concessions for this year's event. In the last two years, the Derby runner-up finished ahead of the Derby victor in the Preakness. "We hope the race goes off without a hitch".

"We'll go to Laurel, and we're still in the state of Maryland, and we'll give you a better, more elevated and prestigious experience", the 52-year-old Ritvo explained to a scrum of media in the press box at Pimlico Saturday. "He looks terrific, he's doing well". The mud built up from days of rain made that implausible.

Both of those horses have something in common: Hall of Fame trainer Baffert.

Baffert saddled Justify in a Kentucky Derby victory on a wet track two weeks ago, and the duo is looking for a repeat performance Saturday at Pimlico Race Course.

The race was first run in 1867 and this year will be its 150th running.

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