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Sport Half the horses in Preakness field get 1st shot at Justify

22:51  17 may  2018
22:51  17 may  2018 Source:   ap.org

Kentucky Derby winner Justify will race in 143rd Preakness as field takes shape

  Kentucky Derby winner Justify will race in 143rd Preakness as field takes shape Newly anointed Kentucky Derby champion Justify is shaping up as an overwhelming favorite for the May 19 Preakness, with many of his top rivals uncertain to be in Baltimore for the second jewel of the Triple Crown series. Bob Baffert said the strapping chestnut colt came out of his commanding Derby win in excellent form. In fact, thoroughbred racing's newest star seemed to enjoy pulling his white-haired trainer around on Sunday morning as they both came out of Barn 33 at Churchill Downs to pose for photographs."If he stays healthy and he looks good, I think he's just getting it now," Baffert said when asked about Justify's Preakness chances.

BALTIMORE (AP) — Half the participants in the eight- horse Preakness field have yet to experience the sensation of chasing Justify to the finish line. Quip, Sporting Chance, Diamond King and Tenfold skipped the Derby to focus on earning a chunk of the .5 million Preakness purse.

Half the participants in the eight- horse Preakness field have yet to experience the sensation of chasing Justify to the finish line. Perhaps one of the new shooters in Saturday's race can find a way to leave the Kentucky Derby winner in his wake.Quip, Sporting Chance

FILE - In this May 1, 2018, file photo, Kentucky Derby hopeful Bravazo runs during a morning workout at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas brings back Bravazo, who finished sixth in the Derby, along with Sporting Chance, to take on Derby winner Justify on Saturday in the Preakness. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)© The Associated Press FILE - In this May 1, 2018, file photo, Kentucky Derby hopeful Bravazo runs during a morning workout at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas brings back Bravazo, who finished sixth in the Derby, along with Sporting Chance, to take on Derby winner Justify on Saturday in the Preakness. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File) BALTIMORE — Half the participants in the eight-horse Preakness field have yet to experience the sensation of chasing Justify to the finish line.

Perhaps one of the new shooters in Saturday's race can find a way to leave the Kentucky Derby winner in his wake.

Justify draws 7 post, is heavy 1-2 favorite for Preakness

  Justify draws 7 post, is heavy 1-2 favorite for Preakness Justify is the 1-2 morning-line favorite in an eight-horse field at the Preakness coming off his impressive win in the Kentucky Derby. Trainer Bob Baffert's undefeated colt will leave from the same No. 7 post that he did at the Derby. Baffert is 4-0 with Derby winners at the Preakness and has the opportunity to win his second Triple Crown in four years after American Pharoah did it in 2015.Baffert says being such a heavy favorite puts more pressure on Justify, who beat Good Magic by 2½ lengths in the Derby.

Half of the 8- horse Preakness field get first shot at unbeaten Derby winner Justify , seek to make mark at Pimlico Race Course. BALTIMORE (AP) — Half the participants in the eight- horse Preakness field have yet to experience the sensation of chasing Justify to the finish line.

Half the participants in the eight- horse Preakness field have yet to experience the sensation of chasing Justify to the finish line. A new shooter — a horse which runs in one of the two remaining Triple Crown races after passing up the Derby — has won the Preakness four times since 2000.

Quip, Sporting Chance, Diamond King and Tenfold skipped the Derby to focus on earning a chunk of the $1.5 million Preakness purse.

History just might be on their side.

A new shooter — a horse which runs in one of the two remaining Triple Crown races after passing up the Derby — has won the Preakness four times since 2000. Just last year, Cloud Computing paid $13.40 in an upset over Derby winner Always Dreaming.

Then again...

"Derby runners have done well over the course of time," insisted W. Elliott Walden, president and CEO of racing operations for WinStar Farm, which owns Justify and Quip. "Now is it because they're the better horses? Quite possibly that's the case. They're just the best horses of the crop and that's why they run in the Kentucky Derby."

Good Magic, Quip are top challengers to Justify in Preakness

  Good Magic, Quip are top challengers to Justify in Preakness Justify is the talk of Pimlico Race Course and the horse racing industry with a very real chance to win the Triple Crown.But he's got a few notable challengers in the Preakness. BALTIMORE — Justify is the talk of Pimlico Race Course and the horse racing industry with a very real chance to win the Triple Crown.

Half the horses in the eight- horse Preakness field have yet to experience the sensation of chasing Justify to the finish line. A new shooter – a horse which runs in one of the two remaining Triple Crown races after passing up the Derby – has won the Preakness four times since 2000.

Half the participants in the eight- horse Preakness field have yet to experience the sensation of chasing Justify to the finish line. Perhaps one of the new shooters in Saturday's race can find a way to leave the Kentucky Derby winner in his wake. Quip, Sporting Chance, Diamond King and Tenfold.

The finest of the newcomers this year appears to be Quip, who has three wins and a second-place showing in five career races.

"He's a really good horse. He's fast," Justify trainer Bob Baffert said of Quip.

Trained by Rodolphe Brisset and ridden by last year's Breeders' Cup Classic winner Florent Geroux, Quip captured the Tampa Derby in March before finishing second in the Arkansas Derby.

While unbeaten Justify comes in with just two weeks' rest — the quickest turnaround of his career — Quip enters the Preakness coming off an extended break.

"Quip is a horse that has shown quality at the highest level," Walden said. "We feel like he could have run in the Kentucky Derby, but we wanted to give him a chance to catch up to himself. He's a slight-made horse we felt like would do better with the five weeks rest."

Quip had a pair of wins last year before staggering to a seventh-place showing in the Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club at Churchill Downs in November.

Justify's Preakness win raises more questions heading into Belmont

  Justify's Preakness win raises more questions heading into Belmont Justify's win in the Preakness did not evoke memories of previous Triple Crown winners, nor will it intimidate any of his potential rivals from trying to beat him in the Belmont. It did not look like a young superstar getting better, but rather a horse that has raced five times in 91 days and regressed for the first time in his career. “I was never relaxed during the race,” trainer Bob Baffert said. “He was in for a fight. I was just praying for the wire.

BALTIMORE -- Half the participants in the eight- horse Preakness field have yet to experience the sensation of chasing Justify to the finish line. Quip, Sporting Chance, Diamond King and Tenfold skipped the Derby to focus on earning a chunk of the .5 million Preakness purse.

Half of the 8- horse Preakness field get first shot at unbeaten Derby winner Justify , seek to make mark at Pimlico Race Course. BALTIMORE (AP) — Half the participants in the eight- horse Preakness field have yet to experience the sensation of chasing Justify to the finish line.

In retrospect, that might have been a turning point.

"He's changed a lot," Brisset said. "After the Kentucky Jockey Club, we gave him a couple of weeks off and you could see the maturation. You still have to be a little careful when he's around too many horses, but he's way more professional."

Well, Quip —the third choice at 12-1 — will have only seven other horses to contend with on Saturday. Two of them will be saddled by Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas.

Lukas brings back Bravazo, who finished sixth in the Derby, along with Sporting Chance.

Unlike the rest of the first-time Triple Crown participants, Sporting Chance is no fresher than the Derby horses. Sporting Chance (30-1) also ran at Churchill Downs on May 5, taking fourth in the Pat Day Mile.

Asked to assess the chances of both his entrants Saturday, Lukas shrugged his shoulders and saluted Justify's impressive performance at the Derby.

"I don't have a lot of confidence if he runs that same race. Let's be honest, at 82 you get more realistic," Lukas said. "If he's the best horse, so be it. We'll throw the bouquets his way and salute him as a second-leg winner and go on to the Belmont. But we'll try to get the best piece of this we can."

John Clay: From out of the fog in the Preakness, we saw another side to Justify

  John Clay: From out of the fog in the Preakness, we saw another side to Justify You couldn't see the horses. Lost in the thick fog that enveloped Pimlico Race Course after yet another day of rain, the eight entries in the 143rd running of the Preakness Stakes could not be seen by most of the crowd as they made the final turn and headed for home. "It seemed like an eternity," said Elliott Walden, President and CEO of WinStar Farm. "You were just hoping to see Editor’s note: The opinions in this article are the author’s, as published by our content partner, and do not necessarily represent the views of MSN or Microsoft.

BALTIMORE — Half the participants in the eight- horse Preakness field have yet to experience the sensation of chasing Justify to the finish line. Quip, Sporting Chance, Diamond King and Tenfold skipped the Derby to focus on earning a chunk of the .5 million Preakness purse.

BALTIMORE — Half the participants in the eight- horse Preakness field have yet to experience the sensation of chasing Justify to the finish line. While unbeaten Justify comes in with just two weeks' rest the quickest turnaround of his career Quip enters the Preakness coming off an extended break.

Tenfold (20-1) began racing this year. Sired by 2007 Preakness winner Curlin, the dark brown colt won his first two races before fading to third in the Arkansas Derby last month.

"We have a fresh horse; he's put on weight since the Arkansas Derby and he's trained really well at Churchill Downs," assistant trainer Scott Blasi said. "The timing is good for us for this race."

If the track is soggy, that would be even better. Curlin earned 2007 Horse of the Year honors after slogging to victory in the muddy Breeders' Cup Classic.

"With all this wet weather, him being a Curlin, he steps up with the sloppy track and moves forward," Blasi said.

Trained by John Servis, Diamond King (30-1) won the Federico Tesio Stakes at nearby Laurel Park in April. While Diamond King probably doesn't have the speed and stamina of Justify, he does trainer who won the Kentucky Derby and jockey Javier Castellano, who guided Cloud Computing to victory at last year's Preakness.

"We've got a top jockey and the horse is doing really well," co-owner Chuck Zacney said.

Baffert has already beaten three of the horses in the field. Though he's never faced the others, they certainly have grabbed his attention.

"You've got new shooters," Baffert said. "John Servis didn't come for the crab cakes. Then you've got Quip. And Wayne? You can't count Wayne Lukas out. That's when he does the most damage, when nobody's talking about him, he's under the radar. He still knows his horses and he's up here for a reason."

Justify gallops for Baffert in training for Belmont Stakes .
Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Justify has galloped at Churchill Downs in front of trainer Bob Baffert as the Triple Crown hopeful trains for the Belmont Stakes. Baffert arrived from Southern California to watch Justify gallop 1½ miles.Baffert arrived from Southern California to watch Justify gallop 1½ miles on Monday. The trainer says the 3-year-old colt could breeze Tuesday. That's a workout when Justify would easily run under a hold without encouragement from his exercise rider.

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