Preakness Stakes 2018: Start time, odds, and where to watch

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Throw in the fact that weather forecasts are calling for rain at Pimlico this week, and the task gets even harder.

With or without that issue, the 2018 Preakness Stakes is "no gimme" for Justify, trainer Bob Baffert told Horse Racing Nation.

Headed into the post draw, CBS Sports had Justify a heavy favorite at 2-5, with Good Magic (7-2) and Quip (16-1) behind.

The race for the Triple Crown returns this weekend with the 143rd running of the Preakness Stakes. The 1 1/8-mile race is held just two weeks after the prestigious Longines Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs, meaning that the Black-Eyed Susan field tends to be comprised of up-and-comers and fillies who missed the Oaks - not the easiest collection of horses to analyze. He arrived Wednesday about 90 minutes before the post-position draw, and Baffert expects to take him on the track for the first time Thursday morning to see how he'll handle it. Of course, once your bet is a victor, you don't care about the doubts you had before you placed it, and with Baffert's success in Preakness' past, Justify feels like a ticket that will cash on Saturday.

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Champion Good Magic was non-threating second to Justify in the Kentucky Derby and is back to take a second shot at Justify in the Preakness.

After facing off with 19 other Thoroughbreds in Louisville, this post probably gets a little better for the Preakness favorite considering he's got only seven other horses to deal with on Saturday. "So you have wiggle room when you have two superior horses like that".

Justify was installed as the 1-2 morning-line favorite.

This is because no such horse had won since Apollo, who at age 3 in 1882 won the Kentucky Derby.

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The undefeated 2-year-old colt comes into the race as the favorite.

"I think it's less pressure for us because the Kentucky Derby, for me, it was so special", Baffert said. Bravazo was 66-1 in the Derby. Trainer D. Wayne Lukas also has six Preakness victories and will have longshots Bravazo and Sporting Chance in the Preakness.

"It would point him toward the Triple Crown", Walden said.

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