65-year-old Justify trainer Bob Baffert listens to Post Malone daily

The Preakness will be run Saturday, May 19, at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.

Kentucky Derby victor Justify will break from the seventh post in the Preakness Stakes on Saturday in search of the second leg of USA flat racing's coveted Triple Crown.

He is the most likely victor, despite the rainy weather forecast for the Baltimore area.

"It's not ideal track conditions, but we're doing everything we can", Bosley said outside his office Thursday as the rain came down.

Heading into Preakness Stakes No. 143, any discussion surrounding the most likely victor begins with Justify. 3 of which ran in the Kentucky Derby.

"We took him out there and we backed him up to near the half-mile pole and just went easy around there", Baffert said. "I like being the favorite".

I'll tie my fate to Swayze (5-1), making his second start off a layoff for trainer Phil D'Amato. "I like knowing that I have a chance to win". Good Magic and Audible both impressed in the stretch to finish in second and third, respectively, but never threatened the leader. "He understands that on a big day there is a lot of extra pressure and he comes through".

"There's a saying I heard when I was very young: 'Do the usual unusually well.' Everything this horse does is not ordinary, it's extraordinary", Smith said in a video on the race's social media channels. Brisset doesn't think it odd that Quip's connections would put him up against their own superstar in Justify. To me, that tells me he's still on go. "We know what he does in the afternoon". So with only Lone Sailor to worry about in the final furlong, Smith can just give Justify his head and let him use his pure speed to run all the others into the ground. Not yet anyway. The precipitation that began Tuesday night carried through a soaking of a Thursday morning at Pimlico Race Course and is projected to continue into Saturday's 143rd running of the Preakness Stakes.

Good Magic, trained by Chad Brown, galloped on Pimlico's muddy track for a second straight day on Wednesday. There is so much water on it, but (Gomez) said it was soft. "The track is sloppy, but he handled it pretty well". 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.

Email me or follow me on Twitter if you'd like to get in on the fun next week. When you come out of the Derby, you got to have a blue-collared, tough horse.

"I've seen rain here before in my 38 years", the trainer and six-time Preakness victor D. Wayne Lukas said Thursday morning under cover inside the Pimlico Stakes barn. "Then Baffert paraded him around to get to the barn and I looked very closely at him, and I thought, 'Oh, boy, we are in a lot of trouble'". "I was more anxious about the break, the first jump between horses".

And despite his impressive victory in the Derby, Justify still has a few potential vulnerabilities. Earlier this week, trainer Tom Amoss, who will saddle Lone Sailor, had this to say about the Derby time.

"He's a superior horse, just like American Pharoah", Baffert said. "It's hard to feel off that race that the Preakness isn't a wide-open race".

  • Arturo Norris