Preakness 2018 Draw as well as Odds: Justify is actually Overwhelming Favorite

BALTIMORE — After a two-as well as-a-half-length victory inside the slop at the Kentucky Derby, the unbeaten Justify will try to claim the second jewel of the Triple Crown on Saturday inside the mile-as well as-three-sixteenths Preakness Stakes.

Trained by the Triple Crown-winning Bob Baffert, Justify drew Post 7, same as he had inside the Derby, as well as was installed as the overwhelming 1-2 morning-line favorite during the draw on Wednesday at Pimlico Race Course.

Baffert has long had great racehorses sent to his barn, however lately he has been downright spoiled. American Pharoah swept the Triple Crown in 2015, becoming the first horse to do so in 37 years. A year later came Arrogate, who won the Travers Stakes, the Breeders’ Cup Classic, the Pegasus Cup as well as the Dubai World Cup on the way to becoming the earth’s richest racehorse.

Baffert said of which what makes all of those horses so special is actually the way they cover ground while producing the item look easy. “I love watching him move, the item’s like Pharoah,” he said of Justify.

Still, Justify is actually no sure thing. He was found to have a hoof bruise after the grueling Derby, however Baffert said he was doing fine as well as ready to roll. Seven horses are set to line up against him, including three he beat inside the Derby. Great Magic, the Derby runner-up who is actually trained by Chad Brown, drew Post 5 as well as was made the second choice at 3-1.

“With an eight-horse field, as well as a long run to the first turn, there’s truly no disadvantage to where anyone drew,” said Tom Amoss, the trainer of Lone Sailor, who finished eight inside the Derby.

As was the case for the Derby, rain is actually inside the forecast for the Baltimore area on Saturday. Justify, who did not race as a 2-year-old as well as has only four races on his short however impressive résumé, has won twice on wet tracks.

Elliott Walden, president as well as chief executive of WinStar Farm, which co-owns Justify, said he thought the draw was a Great omen.

“To come out of the 7 like he did at Churchill, I think is actually Great,” he said.

Here’s the full field:

1. Quip

Trainer: Rodolphe Brisset Jockey: Florent Geroux Odds: 12-1

2. Lone Sailor

Trainer: Tom Amoss Jockey: Irad Ortiz Jr. Odds: 15-1

3. Sporting Chance

Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas Jockey: Luis Contreras Odds: 30-1

4. Diamond King

Trainer: John Servis Jockey: Javier Castellano Odds: 30-1

5. Great Magic

Trainer: Chad Brown Jockey: Jose Ortiz Odds: 3-1

6. Tenfold

Trainer: Steve Asmussen Jockey: Ricardo Santana Jr. Odds: 20-1

7. Justify

Trainer: Bob Baffert Jockey: Mike Smith Odds: 1-2

8. Bravazo

Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas Jockey: Luis Saez Odds: 20-1