Trainer Bob Baffert reported that Kentucky Derby winner Justify came out of his Preakness victory on May 19, 2018 in good order. Baffert said he expects Justify to run in the Belmont Stakes on June 9 to try and sweep the Triple Crown.
Blue Grass Stakes winner Good Magic finished second to Justify in the Kentucky Derby. Two weeks later, trainer Chad Brown is taking another shot with Good Magic against Justify in the Preakness Stakes.
Trainer Bob Baffert will try to win the Preakness Stakes for a seventh time when he sends Kentucky Derby winner Justify to the post on Saturday. He sees Derby runner-up Good Magic as Justify’s top competition.
Kentucky Derby winner Justify took to the track at Pimlico Race Course for the first time on Thursday, May 17, 2018. Trainer Bob Baffert talked about the muddy track and the possible conditions for Saturday’s Preakness Stakes.
Six-time Preakness winning trainer D. Wayne Lukas thinks Kentucky Derby winner Justify, trained by Bob Baffert, is the deserving favorite in this year’s Preakness. Lukas has two horses in the race — Bravazo and Sporting Chance.
Trainer John Servis has not had a horse in the Preakness Stakes since winning the 2004 Kentucky Derby and Preakness with Smarty Jones. In this year’s race, Servis has Diamond King, winner of the Federico Tesio on April 21 at Laurel Park.
Talk continues that the Stronach Group May move the Preakness Stakes from Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore to Laurel Park in Laurel, Maryland. Trainer D. Wayne Lukas, who has won the Preakness six times, gives his opinion on the idea.