Preakness Stakes Betting — It’s Justify – and Then What?
Justify steamrolled his way into the history books in the Kentucky Derby, and is in a very unique position to win the Triple Crown. He faces a rather short field in the Preakness Stakes, which is slated for Saturday, rain or shine (and we mean that) at approximately 6:48 PM ET at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. BetAnySports has great wagering options available for this race, in both the sportsbook and the racebook, and there is every angle covered.
Bob Baffert’s star colt did not race as a three-year-old, and no horse like that had won the Derby since 1882. And we have seen the superlatives fly, with many calling him the best three-year-old in a generation. What was extremely encouraging, relative to what is going to happen on Saturday, is that he mastered the slop at Churchill Downs, and we are expecting to see that kind of off-track and even worse at Pimlico. The key was being able to get out to the front of the pack quickly, so that jockey Mike Smith did have a lot of muck in his “windshield.”
In all, there are four contestants here who were also in the Derby – the others are Lone Sailor, Good Magic (the second-place finisher and the second favorite here) and Bravazo.
We are not sure there is anything in this field that would necessarily prevent Baffert, who has won the Preakness six times, from pulling down his seventh. But there may be a possibility to put together an interesting exotic wager.
Here is the lineup for the 143rd running of the Preakness Stakes, as its is posted at BetAnySports:
1 – Quip +1200
2 – Lone Sailor +1500
3 – Sporting Chance +3000
4 – Diamond King +3000
5 – Good Magic +300
6 – Tenfold +2000
7 – Justify -200
8 – Bravazo +2000
Quip’s part-owners also have a piece of Justify, and although we’re not sure this is going to have any effect on the race, we do know that this horse, who usually likes to get out in front, isn’t going to win any speed duels with the favorite. At the same time, Quip’s pedigree has had more races in the slop than that of any other contestant here, winning 19% of the time.
Sporting Chance won a Grade 1 race in only his third time out (the Hopeful Stakes) , but that was at seven furlongs, and there has not been a heck of a lot from him since. There was a game effort in the Blue Glass, but this is more of a sprinter-type.
Bravazo is given a chance to run in the money by quite a few people. Like Sporting Chance, this is a D. Wayne Lukas horse, and the general feeling is that he did not like the rail in the Louisiana Derby, and got caught up in the pack in the Derby. They hope to come off the pace here.
Good Magic won the Blue Grass with a Beyer Speed Rating of 95, then held form and then some in the Derby with a Beyer of 99. He may have won the Run for the Roses in many other years, but it was his ill-fortune to be running against Justify. There’s no mystery as to whether he can run on an off-track, and clearly this is the second best in the field. Could you possibly leave him out of the exacta or trifecta picture, even though it’ll be chalk?
Tenfold is the “wild card” in this one, because there seems to be no question about the talent,. but there is an air of mystery because of only three career races, and a disappointing performance in the Arkansas Derby. Victor Espinoza rode him there, but now it’s a return for Ricardo Santana, who rode his first two victories – one of which came from out front and the other off the pace. Curlin, the sire, could run in the mud, and trainer Steve Asmussen truly believes “the timing is right” for his charge.
We usually like to have a deep closer involved, and that is why we could also turn to Lone Sailor, who got hemmed in a couple of weeks ago but never gave up and never gave in. Only one win, but that was by eleven lengths on a sloppy track, and trainer Thomas Amoss has had a lot of success with these horses who “bounce” from a short time between races. Obviously if Amoss is sending Lone Sailor to post he believes this colt is ready. With Justify a good bet to get out front, and one or two others possibilities to chase him, Lone Sailor might be able to make a big move from back in the pack to get into the money. We’ll use him, Tenfold and Good Magic in our boxes underneath Justify.
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