Justify sets off for Baltimore ahead of Preakness Stakes

Justify sets off for Baltimore ahead of Preakness Stakes

Justify sets off for Baltimore ahead of Preakness Stakes

Kentucky Derby victor Justify was expected to arrive in Baltimore from Louisville Wednesday afternoon, and he's getting the same weather reception he had on Derby day a week and a half ago.

Justify and Good Magic are the two big-name horses in the field for the Preakness Stakes, but there's another worth keeping an eye on as Saturday's race inches closer.

Justify's quest for the Triple Crown continues Saturday at the 143rd running of the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore.

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Baffert joked that being such a heavy favorite puts more pressure on Justify, who held off a hard-charging Good Magic in the Derby.

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 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.

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Undefeated through four starts, Justify was rated an odds-on 1-2 morning line favorite after the draw for the eight-horse field in the 1 3/16-mile race at Pimlico. With rain expected in Baltimore through Saturday, the conditions at Pimlico may not be much better. NBC will televise the race.

After another dominant performance at the Kentucky Derby, Justify will enter the race as the odds-on favorite, hoping for another victory on his way to a potential Triple Crown. Exaggerator finished second in the Kentucky Derby before winning the 2016 Preakness, and Irish War Cry was second in last year's Belmont.

Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group.

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