Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Justify Draws 7th Position For Preakness

Justify Draws 7th Position For Preakness

Other proven classics sires represented in this Preakness include the late Scat Daddy, whose son Justify gave him a breakthrough victory in the Kentucky Derby two weeks ago, and Tiznow, who sired 2008 upset Belmont victor Da' Tara and now has Sporting Chance in the Preakness.

It's a little harder to pinpoint "bad" positions when there's only eight horses running as opposed to 20, but Quip, on the outside at Post 1, isn't necessarily in a good position unless his team thinks he can run full bore from the get-go and overpower Justify down the stretch.

Curlin, who won the 2007 Preakness, kept alive a remarkable streak when Good Magic finished second in the Kentucky Derby, as he has now produced a classic victor or classic-placed runner from each of his first six crops to race.

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The 2018 Preakness Stakes starts to take shape this evening with the draw for post positions live at Pimlico Race Course starting at 5 p.m. EST.

Unbeaten in four career races, Justify was accompanied by Preakness contenders Lone Sailor and Quip on the flight from Louisville to Baltimore-Washington International Airport. Justify also broke from the seventh gate in his Kentucky Derby victory.

While Justify and Good Magic will control most of the spotlight, there may be a horse or two that sneaks up to the front of the race and contends as well.

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As in the Derby, rain is forecast for the Baltimore area on Saturday. NBC will televise the race.

Trainer Bob Baffert said he's wanted to let Justify develop at his own pace.

James Scully from Brisnet has a look at why Preakness history favors horses who run in the Kentucky Derby.

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