Preakness Stakes 2018: Everything you need to know about the 8 horses running in the 2nd leg of the Triple Crown

Andy Lyons/Getty ImagesEight horses are set to run in the Preakness Stakes this Saturday, as Justify looks to win the second leg of the Triple Crown. Here’s everything you need to know about every horse in the field.

The race for the Triple Crown is officially on.

After a dominant performance in the Kentucky Derby earlier this month, Justify is back racing this weekend in the Preakness Stakes, looking to move one step closer to Triple Crown glory.

Facing off against him will be seven horses of strong pedigree – some raced in the Derby with Justify, others are on fresh legs, looking to offer a new challenge.

Post positions and opening lines were set on Wednesday, leaving horse-racing enthusiasts to start scanning the field for their picks to win at Pimlico.

Justify is the heavy favourite heading into the race, but Good Magic, the second-place Derby finisher, might be able to take advantage of the shorter track. Meanwhile, the fresh legs of the new contenders Quip and Diamond King could also prove decisive in the muddy conditions expected on Saturday.

Whether you’re taking the favourite, at 1-2, or looking for a viable longshot to spoil Justify’s Triple Crown run, there’s plenty to know about each horse in the field. Below, we go post-by-post to give you the rundown on every horse racing this weekend at the Preakness Stakes.


1. Quip (12-1)

Trainer/jockey: Rodolphe Brisset/Florent Geroux

Career wins: Three

Recent result: Second at the Arkansas Derby

One thing to know: Brisset cared for Justify as a 2-year-old before shipping him off to Bob Baffert and eventual Kentucky Derby glory. Could Quip help him play Triple Crown spoiler on his former horse?


2. Lone Sailor (15-1)

Trainer/jockey: Thomas M. Amoss/Irad Ortiz Jr.

Career wins: One

Recent result: Eighth at the Kentucky Derby

One thing to know: Lone Sailor’s eighth-place finish in the Kentucky Derby wasn’t an ideal result, but in a field of 20 horses, it’s still an admirable effort. Amoss and his team are hoping a jockey change can get them on the podium.


3. Sporting Chance (30-1)

Trainer/jockey: D. Wayne Lukas/Luis Contreras

Career wins: Two

Recent result: Fourth at the Pat Day Mile

One thing to know: Sporting Chance will be used to the mud on Saturday, having raced in the Pat Day Mile at Churchill Downs just before the Kentucky Derby two weeks ago. He ran well but fell short as the longshot Funny Duck ran away with the race.


4. Diamond King (30-1)

Trainer/jockey: John C. Servis/Javier Castellano

Career wins: Four

Recent result: First at the Federico Tesio

One thing to know: Diamond King could cause trouble if the horses that raced in the Derby feel a bit of fatigue. He has won four of his six career races and will bring fresh legs into the Preakness Stakes on Saturday.


5. Good Magic (3-1)

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Trainer/jockey: Chad C. Brown/Jose L. Ortiz

Career wins: Two

Recent result: Second at the Kentucky Derby

One thing to know: Good Magic kept pace with Justify through the entirety of the Kentucky Derby but didn’t have enough to catch him in the final stretch. In the shortest race of the Triple Crown, expect Ortiz to push Good Magic a bit earlier so as not to run out of track on the chase.


6. Tenfold (20-1)

Trainer/jockey: Steve M. Asmussen/Ricardo Santana Jr.

Career wins: Two

Recent result: Fifth at the Arkansas Derby

One thing to know: There are plenty of reasons to think Tenfold, the son of the former Preakness winner Curlin, will have a shot heading into this year’s race at Pimlico with fresh legs. But in the one race he’s run against this calibre of competition, he finished a disappointing fifth.


7. Justify (1-2)

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Trainer/jockey: Bob Baffert/Mike E. Smith

Career wins: Four

Recent result: First at the Kentucky Derby

One thing to know: Justify is the heavy favourite heading into Saturday, and the trends justify (sorry) his short odds on the race – Baffert had trained four horses to Kentucky Derby wins before this year, and each went on to win at the Preakness.


8. Bravazo (20-1)

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Trainer/jockey: D. Wayne Lukas/Luis Saez

Career wins: Three

Recent result: Sixth at the Kentucky Derby

One thing to know: Bravazo has finished in eighth and sixth in his past two races – not exactly the form you like to see from a horse you’re picking to contend in a Triple Crown race.


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