Baffert, Justify Hope To Shine At Wet Preakness

21 May, 2018, 22:14 | Author: Wade Massey
  • Heavy favorite Justify wins Preakness

The will now attempt to become the only undefeated Triple Crown victor besides Seattle Slew in 1977 and just the 12th horse overall to sweep the Derby, the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes, three storied races run at varying lengths in different states over five weeks.

Next up is the Belmont Stakes, assuming Justify is entered.

"But right now I say why not?" In the last two years, the Derby runner-up finished ahead of the Derby victor in the Preakness.

While it's a field of eight horses, it's expected to be a two-horse race: Justify and Good Magic.

Justify's rider, Mike Smith, said he saw Bravazo coming 100 yards from the finish. If the weather doesn't influence the race - Justify is the heavy favorite - it most certainly could have an impact on attendance after the event drew a record 140,327 in 2017.

"It just wasn't a good trip", Good Magic trainer Chad Brown said. "I would have liked to see a different scenario, maybe where we're just off the pace a little bit, we weren't getting pressed on the fence the whole way". Today, he edged out the field at foggy Pimlico to capture the Preakness Stakes.

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"We're going to try and get a Breeders' Cup there", Ritvo said of Laurel, "and we're going to have the day in and day out racing there, and those improvements needed to come whether the Preakness moved or not".

The Kentucky Derby hero will line up against seven rivals for the Preakness Stakes, the second leg on the US Triple Crown trail. Baffert also remained undefeated with Derby winners in the Preakness following Silver Charm, Real Quiet, War Emblem and American Pharoah.

Justify was the first horse to win the Kentucky Derby having not run as a two-year-old, breaking the so-called "Curse of Apollo", a reference to the last horse to achieve the feat in 1882.

Trainer Bob Baffert, who also trained 2015 Triple Crown victor American Pharoah, won his 14th classic race, tying D. Wayne Lukas for most all-time.

"Nobody gets a horse ready after a two-week layoff than Bob Baffert", Goldberg explained on CBS Sports. "He ran hard early and fast (in the Derby)".

Justify, whose five races have come in 91 days, showed no ill effects from a bruise to the colt's left hind heel, likely incurred while racing on the wet surface at the Derby. However, only the latter was able to go on and secure the Triple Crown, the first horse to do so since Affirmed in 1978, something even the great California Chrome could not achieve after winning the Derby and Preakness in 2014.

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