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[ALL] May 17, 2018

Horse Racing Betting Preview: Preakness Stakes

By Gracenote

With a small field set for the Preakness Stakes, Justify tries to remain undefeated and continue his bid for horse racing's Triple Crown. Only three other familiar faces from the Kentucky Derby will continue on to the second leg meeting, with some other long shots hoping to play spoiler.

Here's a breakdown on who we think the top horses are for this Saturday's Preakness Stakes. The race will start with a post time of 7:45 p.m. AST from Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland.

Justify: He's still undefeated in his career and looks to be getting better with each start. In the Kentucky Derby, he used a very solid break to his advantage and looked like a winner every step of the way. A day after the Derby, Justify was spotted with a noticeable limp in his left hind leg. While it was initially reported as a skin rash, it changed to a bruise then to being treated for a minor crack in the hoof. Regardless, none of these are completely out of the ordinary and all reports on the track have him looking like his normal self.

Good Magic: Good Magic has two huge wins under his belt with the 2017 Breeders' Cup Juvenile and 2018 Blue Grass Stakes. He ran well to finish second in the Derby, but couldn't pass a well-rated Justify. Trainer Chad Brown won the Preakness a year ago with Cloud Computing and could certainly be primed for a big performance again this year. He will likely be forwardly placed in the Preakness and could find himself with another stretch run against Justify. The second choice of oddsmakers, and clearly second best.

Diamond King: He's won four of six career races and although that translates well on paper, they haven't been nearly as impressive as some of the prep races others have won and his time figures have not been up to par. He takes a huge class jump trying his luck against Grade-1 competition for the first time.

Bravazo: He outperformed his odds in the Derby, rallying for a sixth-place finish. He closed well in a race in which the front runners held strong late, despite having one of the widest trips in the deep stretch. The Preakness should see similar quicker early fractions like the Derby did and it could prove to be advantageous for horses making late bids.
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