The unbeaten Justify, who secured a two-and-a-half-length victory within the slop on the Kentucky Derby, will attempt to seize the second jewel of the Triple Crown on Saturday within the Preakness Stakes. Seven horses are set to line up in opposition to him, together with three he defeated within the Derby.
The horses are listed so as of submit place, with feedback by Joe Drape and Melissa Hoppert of The Instances. The morning-line odds had been set by Keith Feustle of Pimlico Race Course.
[Associated: Justify is the sturdy favourite, however does a bruise that was noticed after the Kentucky Derby make him susceptible? Learn extra right here.]
How one can watch: NBC has the published, starting at 2:30. NBC Sports activities Community protection runs beforehand from midday to 2:30. Protection may even be streamed on NBC Sports activities Stay.
Purse: $1.5 million assured
Distance: 1 Three/16 miles
Observe file: 1:52.2 (Farma Approach, 1991)
Weight: 126 kilos
Publish time: 6:48 p.m. Jap
Joe Drape’s win-place-show picks: Sporting Probability, Good Magic, Justify
Melissa Hoppert’s picks: Justify, Good Magic, Bravazo
Right here’s how we see the sphere:
Coach: Rodolphe Brisset Jockey: Florent Geroux
Drape: This one’s ideas additionally personal Justify. So are they hedging? Going for an possession exacta? Both method, he’s prone to be overbet.
Hoppert: The second-place Arkansas Derby finisher certified for the Derby however sat out in anticipation of the Preakness. However the Arkansas winner, Magnum Moon, completed second-to-last within the Derby.
2. Lone Sailor
Coach: Tom Amoss Jockey: Irad Ortiz Jr.
Drape: He had a gradual begin at Churchill, was roughed up and finally stymied. He’s due for a greater journey and would possibly clunk as much as hit the board.
Hoppert: The eighth-place Derby finisher is a better and has received on a moist monitor. He additionally picked up one of many hottest jockeys within the nation. He may positively end within the cash.
Three. Sporting Probability
Coach: D. Wayne Lukas Jockey: Luis Contreras
Drape: This can be a hard-luck colt who has been unable to get out of his personal method. He additionally seems an terrible lot like Lukas’s shock 2013 Preakness winner Oxbow.
Hoppert: I’ve favored this horse since I noticed him win the Hopeful in Saratoga. There’s little doubt he’s gifted, however he’s additionally bizarre. He’s veered out in deep stretch twice and final week he merely refused to breeze.
four. Diamond King
Coach: John Servis Jockey: Javier Castellano
Drape: His homeowners and coach received the 2005 Preakness and Belmont with Afleet Alex. Don’t assume they’ll do it once more.
Hoppert: The winner of the Federico Tesio at Laurel would be the native favourite, and he has hit the board in 5 of his six races, however he faces a tall process.
5. Good Magic
Coach: Chad Brown Jockey: Jose Ortiz
Drape: This one gave dogged chase to Justify and couldn’t reel him in at Churchill Downs. Like the actual fact he’s right here and appears to be none the more serious for the damage.
Hoppert: Brown’s first response after the Derby was to level his second-place finisher towards the Belmont. Then he reversed course. Does he assume Justify might be beat? Perhaps he can. However Baffert is four for four within the Preakness together with his Derby victors.
Coach: Steve Asmussen Jockey: Ricardo Santana Jr.
Drape: This colt has completed nothing incorrect in a really transient profession. He has an upside, however not till the summer time races.
Hoppert: Calmly-raced colt completed fifth within the Arkansas Derby. He’ll seemingly enhance off that efficiency and has two-time Preakness winner Asmussen in his nook, however is that ok right here?
Coach: Bob Baffert Jockey: Mike Smith
Drape: He’s massive. He’s quick. He’s the Derby winner. However is he extra like American Pharoah or All the time Dreaming? I’m betting the latter.
Hoppert: Positive the Derby winner seems a bit susceptible, with 4 races since February and an ailing hoof from the slop, which he’s set to come across once more, however is he so good that none of that may matter?
Coach: D. Wayne Lukas Jockey: Luis Saez
Drape: Lukas comes from the you-got-to-be-in-it-to-win-it college. Dismiss this one at your individual danger.
Hoppert: The colt outperformed expectations with a sixth-place end within the Derby. Plus, Lukas is aware of the right way to win the Preakness: He and Baffert have received the race six occasions, and a victory Saturday would tie the file.