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Preakness Stakes 2018: Justify prohibitive favorite in morning-line odds

Preakness Stakes 2018: Justify prohibitive favorite in morning-line odds

Trainer Bob Baffert said he's wanted to let Justify develop at his own pace.

Triple Crown hopeful Justify will start from Post 7 as a prohibitive favorite in the 143 Preakness Stakes on Saturday.

The post draw can be watched live on Pimlico's official website or on the Preakness Stakes Facebook page.

Justify did have a hoof issue coming out of the Kentucky Derby, and a specialist flew in from Florida to re-shoe the horse's foot, writes Fran Jurga for HoofBlog.com.

While it's easy for the casual horse racing fan to root for the second Triple Crown in four years, it may be a hard choice for bettors, who won't make much money off the overwhelming favorite in an eight-horse field.




Good Magic was second in the morning line at 3-1, and Quip got the shortest odds of the new shooters at 12-1.

Justify will enter the race as the betting favorite, looking to remain undefeated and win the second leg of the Triple Crown after his dominant performance at the Kentucky Derby.

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.

Hammerin' Hank Goldberg of CBS Sports is high on Lone Sailor, who opened as a 25-to-1 shot.

The Derby champ left Wednesday morning for Baltimore ahead of this weekend's Preakness Stakes. Exaggerator finished second in the Kentucky Derby before winning the 2016 Preakness, and Irish War Cry was second in last year's Belmont.