What time does Preakness start? Updated odds

What time does Preakness start? Updated odds

Justify's trainer expects a victory.

Kentucky Derby victor Justify drew the seventh post on Wednesday for Saturday's Preakness Stakes in Baltimore where he will seek the second jewel of USA thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown. Justify, who will run from the No. 7 post, is gunning to become the first Triple Crown victor since American Pharoah in 2015 and must win both the Preakness and June's Belmont Stakes in order to do so. So these numbers could change plenty between now and Preakness post time (7:35 p.m. ET) on May 20.

At the top of that list comes Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) victor Justify, who is owned by WinStar Farm, China Horse Club, Starlight Racing, and Head of Plains Partners and trained by Bob Baffert. He's got a great trainer in Chad Brown and has been running well, but barring a major catastrophe for Justify out of the gate, Good Magic will fall short again.

Baffert is 4-0 in the Preakness with the Derby victor and doesn't see any reason Justify shouldn't have another big run in him. "He's wearing me out", Baffert said with a laugh to a large group of press after walking the strapping chestnut around the shedrow.

Sporting Chance is the most experienced of the Preakness runners on wet racetracks with a win, one third, and one unplaced finish in three attempts. "I think the break is so important, so I'm fine with it. Quip has speed, but you just don't know what's going to happen".

"You can't control it", Justify trainer Bob Baffert said.

He won by 2½ lengths, and while one of his weaknesses was supposed to be that he had beaten a total of 14 horses in his three previous wins, all at Santa Anita, he beat 19 on that first Saturday of this month at Churchill Downs.

Graphic shows silks horses trainers jockeys and odds for the entries in the Preakness Stakes
Graphic shows silks horses trainers jockeys and odds for the entries in the Preakness Stakes

This year's Preakness features an eight-horse field for the first time since 2015, when American Pharoah won the second leg of the Triple Crown on his path to winning the first Triple Crown since Affirmed did it in 1978. None of the other seven horses can beat him. Good Magic, the second-choice at 3-1, was assigned slot five. No. 2 Lone Sailor is 15-1, No. 6 Tenfold and No. 8 Bravazo are 20-1 and No. 3 Sporting Chance and No. 4 Diamond King are 30-1 on the morning line.

Earlier Wednesday, Justify arrived at Pimlico Race Course after flying into Thurgood Marshall Baltimore-Washington International Airport from Louisville.

"I think it's less pressure for us because the Kentucky Derby, for me, it was so special", Baffert said. "He looks terrific, he's doing well".

"Bob Baffert and I are very close friends, but I'm going to try every way I can to beat him", Lukas said. This year in particular, the Derby victor is the overwhelming obvious choice. Elliott Walden of WinStar Farm, which co-owns Justify and Quip, showed his allegiance at the draw by wearing a "Justify" hat and hopes the favorite wins for obvious reasons. He shares his Triple Crown picks and betting tips with The Baltimore Sun each year.

The odds are against that, unless a bruised heel Justify was treated for acts up after training on an off track at Pimlico.

The post-position draw for the Preakness was held on Wednesday afternoon, when the morning-line odds were released.

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