Justify only the latest success story for Baffert-Smith duo

Florence Fletcher
May 18, 2018

A flood watch is in place in Baltimore through Saturday morning, according to The Weather Channel, and steady showers are expected all the way through race day. I do not believe Justify can be beaten - best horse plus best trainer in Bob Baffert, who has won this race six times including after each of his previous Derby victories - which limits the options for lucrative Preakness wagers.

He is the most likely victor, despite the rainy weather forecast for the Baltimore area.

"It's quieter, and we want it as quiet as it can be", Baffert said. Often, speed can be even tougher on wet tracks.

The Preakness is followed by the Belmont Stakes on June 9.

Kentucky Derby victor Justify, center, with exercise rider Humberto Gomez aboard, waits before being escorted to the track for a workout, Thursday, May 17, 2018, at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.

The race for the Triple Crown is officially on.

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Bob Baffert has done it again.

"I think it's behind us", Baffert said. "I like being the favorite". "I don't like being 50-1. I like knowing that I have a chance to win".

Post Malone's new album, "Beerbongs & Bentleys", was certified platinum after just four days, and is now No. 1 in the country for the second week in a row. Good Magic returns to challenge him, and he is the plus-325 second choice. "That's a lot of pressure". In those bets, you're trying to pick winners in multiple consecutive Pimlico races, with Justify the lone selection ("singled", in the nomenclature) in the Preakness. But he was pretty sharp the whole time. He'll go slow, quick, fast, whatever. "He told me yesterday it's going to be raining". "We know what he does in the afternoon". "My job was just to make sure I didn't mess it up". Good Magic, who will go out as the second favorite behind Justify, was also an offspring of Curlin. If a similar bomb shot hits the board this year - especially behind a Justify/Good Magic exacta, which we would have as well - the trifecta gets better.

"The horse trained really well and took to the track really well", Brown said. He galloped a little more than a mile and a quarter and he liked it. "But it seems to be that the horse isn't able to relax because it's right on the corner and you have lookie-loos all day long and they're snapping the click of the cameras". (The decision) came down to our horse and how he was doing. A photo that made the rounds this week showed the colt's ribs rather prominently, which led to concerns Good Magic has lost weight after the slog through the mud at Churchill Downs. With jockey Jose Ortiz, I'm hoping he has enough to hold off the favorite in what may be a very exciting stretch duel.

Shortly after the horse arrived in Baltimore on Wednesday, Baffert joked that he might consult with a "good weatherman" about when he should work Justify out before the race. Of course, if Justify gets separation as he did in the Derby, no one is going to catch him.

Three years ago, after his horse Mr. Z seem to skid down the backstretch to go from a close second to a distant fifth behind American Pharoah, Lukas said he couldn't think of many races he had experienced in more hard conditions.

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