Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Justify Draws 7th Position For Preakness

Justify Draws 7th Position For Preakness

Exaggerator finished second in the Kentucky Derby before winning the 2016 Preakness, and Irish War Cry was second in last year's Belmont.

The Tomlinson Ratings in the Daily Racing Form provide insight into horses that might run well on a wet track based on pedigree. There will be just one horse outside of him Saturday at Pimlico. Justify also broke from the seventh gate in his Kentucky Derby victory.

Good Magic, victor of the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland in April for trainer Chad Brown, was made the 3-1 second choice for the 1 3/16 miles Preakness and drew post position No. 5. A Tomlinson Rating of 320 or higher means a horse deserves consideration while a 400 or higher is considered extremely strong.

The second of the Triple Crown's three legs is scheduled for a 6:20 p.m. ET post time.

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While Justify and Good Magic will control most of the spotlight, there may be a horse or two that sneaks up to the front of the race and contends as well. There is no doubt that Justify can handle moisture in the racetrack, but I do still think he is even better on a fast track.

Bravazo was the third longest shot at the Kentucky Derby a few weeks ago, but surprised everyone by placing sixth in that race. Sporting Chance finished fourth in the Pat Day Mile on the Derby undercard. "He's wearing me out", Baffert said with a laugh to a large group of press after walking the strapping chestnut around the shedrow.

Baffert has six Preakness wins, and he'll be joined this year by another six-time Preakness-winning trainer, D. Wayne Lukas. The Bob Baffert-trained colt won the Derby May 5 in those very conditions. But even if public support somewhat juices his odds, Justify still might be the smartest bet in the field this Saturday. He will depart from the No. 7 post position. If none of the horses to his inside shows significant early speed, he can put Justify in front and control the pace.

There's no guarantee Quip can beat the two favorites, but he could challenge them at the start of the race, which could end up throwing a wrench in the race plans of Justify and Good Magic.

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