Undefeated in four races, Justify will soon head to Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore to attempt to win the second leg of the Triple Crown, the Preakness Stakes on Saturday, May 19.
Justify resumed training Thursday at Churchill Downs for the first time since winning the Kentucky Derby, dispelling any concerns about a minor hind-foot condition.
“Very happy,”assistant trainer Jimmy Barnes said in a statement. “The horse came onto the track perfect, galloped perfect and came back very good, so I couldn’t be happier.
“He was ready to go back to the track. He was getting a little pushy in the stall, and you could tell it was time for him to get back out there.”
Justify is a big 1-2 favorite for the shortest leg of the Triple Crown and could be latest horse to see success in Baltimore.
Over the past 20 years Kentucky Derby winners have fared well at Pimlico Race Course. Nine have won a second straight race, four have finished second, and two have finished third.
Bolt d’Oro, who finished 12th behind Justify in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby, is still under consideration to run in the 1 3/16-mile Preakness Stakes.
“We’re going to see how he’s training up to it, and it doesn’t matter if Justify runs or not. We know we’re going to have to run against him,” owner/trainer Mick Ruis said in a press release. “If we feel we’re good to go in there, we’re going.”
Kentucky Derby runner-up Good Magic also remains a candidate for the Preakness and a decision from trainers is expected very soon.
Odds to win 2018 Preakness Stakes
Good Magic, 3-1
Bolt d’Oro, 8-1
Pony Up, 25-1
Sporting Chance, 28-1
Diamond King, 28-1
Lone Sailor, 30-1
Will there be a 2018 Triple Crown Winner?
Odds via Sportsbook.ag.
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