After a big win in the Kentucky Derby everyone’s attention is on Justify. It is now his turn to make a Triple Crown bid. Consequently, Justify will be a heavy Preakness Stakes betting favorite. The Derby winner is nearly always the favorite in the next race at Pimlico. But the Preakness Stakes brings its own set of unique challenges. It is the second leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown. The Kentucky Derby champion will be under intense pressure. And that is after all of the stress of preparing for the Derby. And then there is the danger of an ambush.
2018 Preakness Stakes
Date and Time: Saturday, May 19, 2018, 6:20 p.m. ET
Location: Pimlico Race Course, Baltimore, Maryland
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2018 Preakness Stakes TV Coverage: NBC
Can a fresh horse beat a dominant horse?
There will be several horses in the Preakness that will be well rested. Horses that did not run at Kentucky will be waiting at the Preakness. This makes for a tremendous handicapping challenge. Horses that skipped the Derby will have a
Preakness Stakes betting advantage. The Preakness is known for being a fun party. Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lucas says there is a far less pressure there. He likes coming to Pimlico after the high intensity of the Kentucky Derby. But can a fresh horse beat a dominant horse like Justify?
Justify will be relatively fresher than most Kentucky Derby winners. That is because he did not race as a two-year-old. In fact, he is just the second colt to win the Derby having not raced at the age of two. Justify was the Derby favorite and ran like one. He now is running to be only the second horse since 1978 to win the Triple Crown
Bravazo is a D. Wayne Lucas horse that finished sixth at the Kentucky Derby. His top career win was in the Risen Star. He won that race as a 21-1 long shot. Bravazo has been inconsistent while showing potential.
Quip is one of those quality horses that skipped the Derby. A victory in the Tampa Bay Derby is his claim to fame. He also had a second place finish at the Arkansas Derby. Running in the Preakness and skipping the Derby was his management’s vision.
Diamond King skipped the Kentucky Derby as well. He was the winner of his last race on April 21. At Maryland’s Laurel Park he took the Frederico Tesio. Diamond King has run just two races in 2018. Nobody will have fresher legs.
Bolt d’Oro could be the biggest bargain online sportsbook bargain at Pimlico. He was on the top tier of betting choices in the Derby. But after fading badly down the stretch he finished 12th. It was a major disappointment. Much more was expected. A race to point to is the Santa Anita Derby. It ran on April 7 and showed Bolt d’Oro’s potential. He finished second to Justify.
Matchup to Watch
The Preakness Stakes betting matchup is Justify vs. the fresh horses. After his win in the Derby its hard to see Justify letting down. The price will be high. But nobody seems to compare.
Preakness Stakes Betting Odds Picks
Justify is the pick to win the Preakness. He will be two-thirds towards a Triple Crown!
Preakness Stakes Derby Betting Online Pick: Justify
Check out Justify’s thrilling Kentucky Derby win!