Justify is one win away from capturing the elusive Triple Crown after winning the Preakness Stakes Saturday at Pimlico Race Course.
The undefeated thoroughbred held off a strong eight-horse field on a foggy day in Baltimore as he was able to move one step closer to greatness.
NBC Sports cameras were barely able to catch the action on the track due to the foggy and sogyy nature of the race.
But as Justify came down the stretch on the muddy surface, he was able to just hold off Bravazo in the final lengths.
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2018 Preakness Stakes results
This is trainer Bob Baffert’s record-tying seventh win at the Preakness Stakes, the shortest of the three Triple Crown races.
Justify will now look to become just the 13th thoroughbred to win the Triple Crown and the first since American Pharoah ended the drought in 2015 (also a Baffert trained horse).
“He’s had to really work for it,” Baffert told NBC Sports of his horse after the race. “I’m just glad, I’m happy for the horse, Mike (Smith) and all the connections, and we pulled it out.”
Justify ($2.80 to win on a $2 bet) was pushed throughout the Preakness Stakes by Good Magic, who had the second-best odds to win the race, but he was able to pull away around the final turn to win the second leg of the Triple Crown.
Bravazo ($7.60) finished second while Tenfold ($6.80) was third.
If you bet the $2 Exacta, the payout is $27.40. The 7-8-6 $1 Trifecta pays $148.30, while the $1 Superfecta pays $372.50
Justify will run for the Triple Crown June 9 at the Belmont Stakes.
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