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. Trainer Bob Baffert's horses have won the Preakness six times, and he expects Justify to bring that total to seven.
On Friday, the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes for three-year-old fillies will run.
Billy's Race Book opens at 8:00 a.m. each day and the All American Turf Club will open at noon on Saturday. Twenty-three others have won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness but failed to close the deal in the Belmont - most recently California Chrome in 2014. A lunch buffet will be offered in the Turf Club.
Wagering on all of Saturday's Pimlico races will be available on Friday.
We'll keep this page updated as Saturday's post time approaches. The colt did not start as a two-year-old, however is unbeaten from four 2018 starts.
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He flew under the radar until a former coach at North Mesquite High School recognized him as a former player. The woman said she only spoke to Gilstrap-Portley, known to her as Rashun Richardson , once over the phone.
Justify stayed undefeated in his racing career with a dominant run through a field crowded with talent at the Kentucky Derby, and will be the heavy favorite to continue his impressive streak at the Preakness Stakes on Saturday. "I've never been on a 3-year-old like this", said jockey Mike Smith after their winning run at the Kentucky Derby.
The biggest challenger to Justify should be Good Magic, who placed second at Churchill Downs two weeks ago.
Baffert is seeking a record-tying seventh Preakness victory, having previously won with Triple Crown victor American Pharoah (2015), Lookin At Lucky (2010), War Emblem (2002), Point Given (2001), Real Quiet (1998), and Silver Charm (1997).
Champion Good Magic was non-threating second to Justify in the Kentucky Derby and is back to take a second shot at Justify in the Preakness.
This year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve served as a reminder for racing fans and handicappers that the ability to race well on a wet racetrack (often referred to as an off track) can be a key factor in classic success.