Who Can Beat Justify At The 2018 Preakness?

Who Can Beat Justify At The 2018 Preakness?

Justify drew the lucky number seven for the second time in a row. The last time out, he blew out a field of the world’s top twenty thoroughbreds for the Kentucky Derby crown. Now he faces Derby-runner up, a couple of Derby losers and four fresh faces.

What: 143rd Preakness Stakes
Where: Pimlico Race Course | Baltimore, MD
When: Saturday, May 19th, 2018
Post Time: 6:20 p.m. ET
TV Coverage: 5-7:15 p.m. ET
Watch: NBC
Stream: NBC Sports Live

Let’s find out who has a shot at beating Justify for the 2018 Preakness Stakes crown.

#1 Quip +2000

Trainer: Rodolphe Brisset
Jockey: Florent Geroux

Drawing the post position is not ideal. The colt earned a spot in the Kentucky Derby with a Tampa Bay Derby win. Quip has the same ownership group as Justify, WinStar Farm. Team Quip decided to skip the Kentucky Derby in order for Quip to be Preakness ready.

There is a reason WinStar Farm had Quip skip Churchill to focus on Pimlico. Quip’s early speed will give him an advantage on a track like Pimlico that favors speed. I am betting to Quip to find out.

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#2 Lone Sailor +3000

Trainer: Tom Amoss
Jockey: Irad Ortiz Jr

Lone Sailor is coming off of a disappointing eighth-place finish at the Kentucky Derby after placing second at the Grade II Louisiana Derby. He prefers to run well behind the pace. That running style doesn’t bode well for a short track full of speedsters.

#3 Sporting Chance +4000

Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas
Jockey: Luis Contreras

Sporting Chance failed to earn enough points for an invite to the big Kentucky Derby race. Instead he finished fourth in the Pat Day Mile at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby day.

#4 Diamond King +3000

Trainer: John Servis
Jockey: Javier Castellano

Diamond King 6-4-0-1. His jockey won his second Preakness last year. His trainer won the Preakness in 2004.

#5 Good Magic +350

Trainer: Chad Brown
Jockey: Jose Ortiz

Runner-up to Justify in the 2018 Kentucky Derby and the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner is the only challenger in the field of eight. This son of two-time Horse of the Year Curlin’ was born for the 1 3/16-mile Preakness.

#6 Tenfold +4000

Trainer: Steve Asmussen
Jockey: Victor Espinoza

Tenfold ran fifth in the Arkansas Derby in just his third career start and didn’t race as a 2-year old. That fifth place finish cost Tenfold the points needed for a Kentucky Derby invite this year.

Can a three-time Preakness winning jockey get this colt into the winner’s circle?

#7 Justify -230

Trainer: Bob Baffert
Jockey: Mike Smith

Justify won the Kentucky Derby by a collosal 2.5 lengths to break Apollo’s curse. He is undefeated. Baffert is 4 for 4 in the Preakness with his Derby winners. Preakness favorites are 72 for 142 in the second leg of the Triple Crown.

#8 Bravazo +2800

Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas
Jockey: Luis Saez

Bravazo disappointed at Churchill, finsihing sixth in the Kentucky Derby. He’s got a record of 9-3-1-1. In preparing for the Preakness Bravazo breezed four furlongs in :50.60 with eighth-mile splits of :13, :25.40 and 38 before a five-furlong gallop out in 1:04.80.