"He's run well both ways", Smith said.
"I chose 28 because it's quieter, and we want it as quiet as it can be", Baffert said. They had more than a little help from the air controllers at BWI, who shut down the Baltimore airport and the two alternates that service nearby Washington, D.C. But what makes this field of eight so interesting is that there is only one true closer in the field, and that is Lone Sailor. In those bets, you're trying to pick winners in multiple consecutive Pimlico races, with Justify the lone selection ("singled", in the nomenclature) in the Preakness. "Plus, he's a speed type of horse, and generally if you like a wet track and are a speed horse, that's a good combo".
With this in mind, I'm going to play against #1 Quip and #3 Sporting Chance, potential candidates to challenge Justify for early supremacy, and focus my attention on #5 Good Magic and #8 Bravazo. I'm picking Good Magic third but not betting him, and Lone Sailor for fourth. Derby third Audible can be absent, additional justifying the claims of the favourite. Other than that this horse has not made much noise.
"There is a saying I heard after I was very younger: 'Do the standard unusually properly.' Every part this horse does will not be atypical, it is extraordinary", Smith stated in a video on the race's social media channels.
Three years ago, after his horse Mr. Z seem to skid down the backstretch to go from a close second to a distant fifth behind American Pharoah, Lukas said he couldn't think of many races he had experienced in more hard conditions. As a son of Curlin, he's bred to enjoy a wet track and is another that could come running late to finish on the board at a nice price. Baffert also saddled Point Given (2001) and Lookin At Lucky (2010) for Preakness wins after Derby losses.
The final Triple Crown victor was American Pharoah in 2015 - additionally saddled by Corridor of Fame coach Baffert. That's what makes him so great. Remember 3-5 chalk Nyquist in 2016? After not racing as a 2-year-old, he has won his only four races by a combined 21½ lengths and is far and away the horse to beat in the Preakness.
If the chestnut colt lives up to his favorite's status, Baffert will move one clear of D. Wayne Lukas and into a tie with R. Wyndham Walden for the all-time record of seven wins in the Preakness - a record Walden set with his last victor in 1888.
Will Chad Brown and Jose Ortiz use a different strategy this time to try to turn the tables on Justify? "We'll see what happens".
Justify doesn't need that. His sire, Tiznow, had his quirks on the track and his offspring in general take a while to mature. "I've seen it dry out quickly". Sometimes they don't run well, but I have a lot of faith in him. We all know how well he handled the sloppy conditions at Churchill Downs.
"No doubt about it, #7 Justify will win", wrote contributor Ray Lanfear, adding that the colt is "class of the pack, has good Beyers, won in slop and carried the weight". "He won a Breeders' Cup Classic in it". His number in the Derby was surprisingly fast.
Demling is at his best in the biggest horse races in the world. That has endless possibilities, especially if you're bold enough to go superfecta.
The Hall of Fame trainer is seeking a record-tying seventh victory in the middle jewel of the Triple Crown. And right now most people believe that is a foregone conclusion. Let's stick to the Preakness itself.