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Justify and the top favorites in the Preakness Stakes betting odds


We take a look at the Preakness horse race favorite contenders

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Justify stole the show at a soggy Kentucky Derby, becoming the sixth straight morning odds favorite to win the “Run for the Roses”. That has the Bob Baffert colt high above the rest of the field in the Preakness Stakes odds.

We take a look at the Preakness horse race favorite and which contenders could spoil his push for horse racing’s Triple Crown when the top three-year-olds take the track at Pimlico Race Course on May 19.

Justify (-200)
Snapping a 136-year-old “curse” will earn you some brownie points with the oddsmakers. Justify ran a great race at the Kentucky Derby, becoming the first horse since Apollo in 1882 to win the Derby without racing as a two-year-old. Baffert’s prized pupil is undefeated through four races and it looks like the distance of the Preakness – 1 3/16 miles – won’t be an issue. He had more than enough in the tank during the Derby to pull away down the stretch. The only knock against Justify was the track conditions on May 5. This horse runs well in the slop, so perhaps he didn’t get a true test from a field that was slowed by the muddy course.

Good Magic (+300)
Good Magic gave Justify everything he had coming out of the final turn of the Kentucky Derby but still lost by two and a half lengths when it was said and done. This horse isn’t shaken by the pageantry or crowds of the Triple Crown races, winning the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile-G1 back in November, so he should be running up front once again in the Preakness – at least for most of the races. Some are concerned about his power outage at the end of the Derby, which could have been fatigue or just the poor running conditions.

Bolt d’Oro (+800)
This horse was the early Kentucky Derby favorite when odds came out this past winter. But when it came time to actually run the first jewel, Bolt d’Oro left many wondering what went wrong, finishing 12th. The main reason was the lack of experience for trainer Mick Ruis, who is a relative unknown compared to the likes of Baffert and Todd Pletcher in the Triple Crown circles. But the team instead pointed to the jockey and swapped out Victor Espinoza for Corey Nakatani, who will mount Bolt d’Oro for the Preakness or whatever race comes next for this three-year-old. It’s a head scratcher as to why his odds are so high after such a poor showing.

Quip (+1,200)
This horse did not run in the Kentucky Derby and that lack of name power has it as an outside contender for the May 19 race. He finished second behind Magnum Moon in the Arkansas Derby-G1 and took to the Winner’s Circle at the Tampa Bay Derby-G2 in March. Quip is a stable mate of Justify at WinStar Farm LLC but doesn’t have the same level of training, under Rodolphe Brisset. He fought hard for a runner-up finish among a tight pack of horses at Oaklawn Park, so there is some grit with this horse should he be tested.

Bravazo (+1,800)
He wound up sixth in the Kentucky Derby, which wasn’t a bad showing considering he was pegged as a 50/1 long shot. Bravazo has been terribly inconsistent in his racing career, following race wins with poor showings. He does have the Triple Crown chops with trainer D. Wayne Lukas and his six Preakness wins by his side and he was sired by 1998 Breeders’ Cup Classic champion Awesome Again, so the ability to run with the elite is there. It’s just a matter of if this horse wants to or not.

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