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Lo Duca: Will Justify Make It Look Easy at the Preakness Stakes?

May 18, 2018 7:00 PM EDT

Trainer Bob Baffert walks Kentucky Derby winner Justify through the Preakness Barn after arriving at Pimlico Race Course in preparation for the 143rd Preakness Stakes. Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The 2018 Kentucky Derby has come and gone and now all eyes are on Justify as he goes for the Triple Crown. Bob Baffert’s latest Triple Crown threat arrived at Pimlico Race Course yesterday and drew the same post position (No. 7) that he charged out of to win the Run for the Roses on May 5.

Eight horses are in Baltimore for the second leg of the Triple Crown, and after a record crowd watched the Preakness in 2017, this year’s competition figures to warrant just as much attention as Justify looks like a serious threat to take all three of the famed Grade 1 Stakes races like American Pharoah — also trained by Baffert — did in 2015. In fact, Baffert’s past four Derby winners have all followed up their Kentucky victories with a win in Maryland.

Here’s a look post positions and the odds:

Familiar Digs

After winning the Kentucky Derby rather handily from the No. 7 post, Justify will stay in that spot for the Preakness, and he’s a big favorite with 1-2 morning-line odds. This post in a paceless field is much better for the heavy favorite considering that he has to deal with only seven other horses, compared to 19 others in the Derby.

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