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Preakness 2018 Draw and Odds: Justify Is Overwhelming Favorite

Preakness 2018 Draw and Odds: Justify Is Overwhelming Favorite

Bob Baffert leads Justify out of the barn the morning after his winning Kentucky Derby run at Churchill Downs.

Before his Kentucky Derby victory, Justify looked dominant in three races, including the Santa Anita Derby. To do so, he's had very specific instructions for jockey Mike Smith.

As soon as Justify settled in, Baffert declared: "He's on his game". Then Justify came along, and beat the closest contender, Good Magic, by 2 1/2 lengths.

Curlin, who won the 2007 Preakness, kept alive a remarkable streak when Good Magic finished second in the Kentucky Derby, as he has now produced a classic victor or classic-placed runner from each of his first six crops to race.

The two horses have different resumes. But if he were to make it six, he had to break the "Curse of Apollo" which dictated that horses who didn't race as a two-year-old can't win at the Derby - no such horse had accomplished the feat since Apollo did in 1882.

The undefeated 2-year-old colt comes into the race as the favorite. Prior to the Kentucky Derby, he won the Santa Anita Derby. His victory at the Kentucky Derby was decisive, winning by two-and-a-half lengths in bad, wet track conditions.

Preakness 2018 Draw and Odds: Justify Is Overwhelming Favorite
Preakness 2018 Draw and Odds: Justify Is Overwhelming Favorite

Proven sires are in good number in the short field for Saturday's Preakness Stakes, including Distorted Humor and Curlin, each seeking his third classics victor.

Bravazo finished sixth in the Kentucky Derby.

Quip, who shares some of the same owners as Justify, could spoil the party for Justify and Good Magic if he runs like he has in the last few months. "Whether it's good enough, we'll see".

The race for the Triple Crown returns this weekend with the 143rd running of the Preakness Stakes.

"I get paid to spoil dreams", Lukas said.





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