After an impressive victory in the muddiest Kentucky Derby in history, Justify is an early 1/2 favourite on the horse racing futures market for the 2018 Preakness Stakes. Baltimore’s Pimlico Race Course will host the 143rd Run for the Black-Eyed Susans on Saturday, May 19; coverage on NBC begins at 5 PM ET, with a scheduled post time of 6:20 PM.
Justify was the 3/1 Morning-Line favourite for the Kentucky Derby, and he didn’t disappoint despite the heaviest rainfall ever recorded on Derby Day. The Bob Baffert-trained colt won by 2 ½ lengths over Good Magic (12/1), followed by Audible (8/1) and pace-setter Instilled Regard (50/1). This superfecta paid out a healthy $19,618.20 on a $1 ticket.
Baffert has already confirmed that Justify will race in the Preakness Stakes, the second jewel of North American horse racing’s Triple Crown. At press time, the Derby winner is available at 7/5 to sweep the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes. Audible and Good Magic are Justify’s top threats at Pimlico, although neither has been confirmed to appear. Notables on the Preakness futures market include May Boy Jack (16/1), Diamond King (16/1), Runaway Ghost (18/1) and Hofburg (18/1).