WASHINGTON (AFP) — Kentucky Derby winner Justify will break from the seventh post in the Preakness Stakes on Saturday in search of the second leg of US flat racing’s coveted Triple Crown.
The chestnut colt, greeted by a throng of admirers and reporters when he arrived at Pimlico racetrack in Baltimore from Louisville on Wednesday, is coming off a commanding 2 1/2-length victory in the Kentucky Derby.
Trainer Bob Baffert’s four prior Kentucky Derby winners have all gone on to win the Preakness, so it was no surprise to see Justify, who will again be ridden by Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, installed as a 1-2 early favorite.
Kentucky Derby runner-up good Magic will start from the fifth post in the eight-horse field and was made the 3-1 second choice.
Baffert said Justify, who was unraced as a 2-year-old but has won all four of his starts, would have his first Pimlico workout on Friday.