The race for the Triple Crown returns this weekend with the 143rd running of the Preakness Stakes.
Justify will enter the race as the betting favorite, and the success that his trainer Bob Baffert has had at this track makes a strong case that bettors should back him on Saturday.
While Justify will have to face off against a few fresh horses that decided to skip the Kentucky Derby, he still has never lost a race and knows how to navigate a messy track.
This Saturday will mark the 143rd running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland.
All eyes will be on Justify, who is still undefeated in his racing career after another dominant performance in the Kentucky Derby He’ll enter the race as the heavy favorite, thanks not only to his strength on the track but also to the betting public’s tendency to root for a horse to win the Triple Crown. But even if public support somewhat juices his odds, Justify still might be the smartest bet in the field this Saturday.
Ahead of the Kentucky Derby, two opposing trends applied to Justify. He was the favorite in the race, and the favorite had won five consecutive Derbys. But if he were to make it six, he had to break the “Curse of Apollo” which dictated that horses who didn’t race as a two-year-old can’t win at the Derby — no such horse had accomplished the feat since Apollo did in 1882.
Justify broke the curse, and now has an even stronger trend backing him heading into the Preakness Stakes.
Before 2018, trainer Bob Baffert has won four Kentucky Derbys in his career, and all four have gone on …read more
Source:: Business Insider