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The monitor was muddy and the fog was thick, however there was no stopping Justify within the Preakness Stakes on Saturday at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.
After dominating the 20-horse discipline within the Kentucky Derby, Justify was all out to win in almost each stride that he took in successful the second jewel of the Triple Crown.
Justify held off the onrushing Bravazo and Tenfold to earn the victory by a quickly disappearing margin of half of a size because the horses hit the wire. The undefeated three-year-old was put to the take a look at by Good Magic for the massive majority of the race.
Those two horses broke strongly from the gate, and Good Magic was capable of maintain the lead or keep inside a neck of his rival till they reached the pinnacle of the stretch.
That’s when jockey Mike Smith requested Justify to run, and he was capable of get to the entrance and keep there for the remainder of the race.
Good Magic got here again at Justify within the center of the stretch, however robust late operating by Bravazo and Tenfold stored Good Magic from getting a share.
Preakness Stakes Payout
1st: Justify (win: $2.80; place: $2.80; present: $2.60)
2nd: Bravazo (place: $7.60; present: $four.80)
third: Tenfold (present: $6.80)
Based on $2 Bet, per NBC Sports.
Preakness Stakes Results List
Win ($900,000): Justify; jockey: Mike Smith; coach: Bob Baffert
Place ($300,000): Bravazo; jockey: Luis Saez; coach: D. Wayne Lukas
Show ($165,000): Tenfold; jockey: Ricardo Santana; coach: Steve Asmussen
4th ($90,000): Good Magic; jockey: Jose Ortiz; coach: Chad Brown
fifth ($45,000): Lone Sailor; jockey: Irad Ortiz; coach: Thomas Amoss
sixth: Sporting Chance; jockey: Luis Contreras; coach: D. Wayne Lukas
seventh: Diamond King; jockey: Javier Castellano; coach: John Servis
eighth: Quip; jockey: Florent Geroux; coach: Rodolphe Brisset
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Justify will attempt to be a part of American Pharoah because the second horse prior to now 4 years to win the Triple Crown. American Pharoah was additionally skilled by Baffert, and the coach was thrilled with the end result of the tight race.
“It was like we had our own private match race and someone had to give—I’m just glad it wasn’t us,” Baffert said on NBC after the race, (h/t Melissa Hoppert of the New York Times). “I’m just glad that everyone got to see a great horse race.”
Jockey Mike Smith realized his horse was getting pushed onerous by Good Magic, however he didn’t let his colt get drained because the tempo of the primary half was cheap and not extraordinarily quick. That approach, Justify had one other gear on the prime of the stretch and then simply sufficient power to outlast Bravazo and Tenfold.
The victory within the Preakness marked the 14th time a Baffert-trained horse had received a Triple Crown race. That allowed him to tie D. Wayne Lukas’ document because the coach with essentially the most Triple Crown winners, per ESPN’s wire services.
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Even though Good Magic ran a competitive race, trainer Chad Brown was not happy with the way the race unfolded.
“It just wasn’t a good trip,” Brown said, per Stephen Whyno of the Associated Press (h/t the News & Observer). “I would have liked to see a different scenario, maybe where we’re just off the pace a little bit, we weren’t getting pressed on the fence the whole way. Disappointing.”
Justify is one race away from changing into the game’s 13th Triple Crown winner. The last race is the Belmont Stakes, a 1 ½-mile occasion set for June 9. It is grueling for horses which might be coming off back-to-back performances within the Kentucky Derby and Preakness.
Baffert is aware of his cost goes to should be in peak kind if he’s going to win the June 9 race.
“We’re going to make sure that he comes out of the race well and he trains well for it,” Baffert said. “He’s going to have to be really training well.”