Preakness Entries 2018: Horses in the Field Best Suited for Pimlico

Gill Clark@@gillclarkyFeatured Columnist IMay 15, 2018

LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 10: Kentucky Derby winner Justify, with exercise rider Humberto Gomez, gallops at Churchill Downs on May 10, 2018 in Louisville, Kentucky. It was his first visit to the track since his Kentucky Derby win five days earlier. (Photo by Mary M. Meek/Eclipse Sportswire/Getty Images)
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The second leg of the Triple Crown takes place on Saturday with the Preakness Stakes being held at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.

Kentucky Derby 2018 winner Justify will headline the event after claiming glory at Churchill Downs, and victory would give him the chance of completing the Triple Crown in June's Belmont Stakes.

Trainer Bob Baffert has excellent form when it comes to taking Kentucky Derby winners to the Preakness. Alysse Jacobs of the New York Racing Association noted his perfect record:

Justify is the heavy favourite going into the race after his victory at a rain-soaked Churchill Downs where he broke the long-standing "Curse of Apollo." He became the first horse since 1882 to win the Kentucky Derby having not raced as a juvenile.

The Kentucky Derby winner has been treated for a bruised heel but has shown no ill effects after the injury, per sports journalist Eric Crawford:

Justify has already shown in Kentucky he can live up to expectations. He has the pace and strength needed, while Baffert's know-how means he will take some beating.

He can expect competition again from Good Magic, who finished second at Churchill Downs and pushed him for most of the way.

Trainer Chad Brown said Good Magic trained well after the Kentucky Derby and "deserves another shot," per Jeremy Balan at Blood Horse.

David Aragona at Daily Racing Form showed how history is not on Good Magic's side:

To succeed, Good Magic will need to cut the gap to Justify after he finished 2 ½ lengths behind at Churchill Downs.

Yet Brown won last year's Preakness Stakes with Cloud Computing, and if Good Magic can build on his performance in Kentucky, he will run Justify close again.

D. Wayne Lukas is another trainer who has a strong record at the Preakness, having claimed six victories, the last of which came in 2013 with Oxbow.

He will hope either Sporting Chance or Bravazo can secure him another win, although both are considered long shots. Owner Victor Collazo said Bravazo is a sleeper horse:

One Preakness contender who skipped the Kentucky Derby is Quip, who has won three of his five starts so far. Trainer Rodolphe Brisset explained his omission and also talked about his chances at Pimlico, per Meredith Daugherty at Blood Horse.

"We just monitored him week by week. We meant to bypass the Kentucky Derby because he didn't want to run at three weeks, and now he's showing us some good signs. Everything is good, and we are happy to go. It's exciting, for sure, but we don't have time to think about nerves."

Thoroughbred Insider showed why he's such a strong contender:

Quip won the Tampa Bay Derby in March but finished second at the Arkansas Derby, as he could not quite match Magnum Moon's strong finish.

The decision to skip Kentucky may work in his favour, but there seems little doubt that Justify is the horse who could scoop all the headlines at Pimlico.

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