Justify draws No. 7, updated odds, contenders, best positions

Kentucky Derby winner Justify draws 7 post, is heavy 1-2 favorite for Preakness

Kentucky Derby winner Justify draws 7 post, is heavy 1-2 favorite for Preakness

Sporting Chance was fourth at the Pat Day Mile at Churchill Downs on Derby day, but has never run a race as long as Preakness. He overwhelmingly won his first two starts and then stepped up to stakes company to win the Santa Anita Derby by three lengths and the Kentucky Derby by two-and-one-half lengths.

Most recently, Baffert trained American Pharoah to wins at the Derby and Preakness, before going on to take home the Belmont Stakes as well and become the first Triple Crown victor since Affirmed in 1978.

Roswell, New Mexico native Mike Smith will ride Justify for Baffert, who is trying for a record-equaling seventh Preakness win.

After winning the Kentucky Derby rather handily from the No. 7 post, Justify will stay in that spot for the Preakness, and he's a big favorite with 1-2 morning-line odds. The difference? There were 13 horses outside of him that day.

Justify might have gotten the best draw merely for the fact that he was already going to be a heavy favorite in Baltimore.

Justify did not run as a 2-year-old but is undefeated as a 3-year-old with four straight wins. Trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, Sara Street is a well-bred daughter of 2007 Kentucky Derby victor Street Sense out of the Malibu Moon mare Sara Louise, who won the Grade 3 Victory Ride Stakes on a sloppy track in 2009.

While Justify and Good Magic will control most of the spotlight, there may be a horse or two that sneaks up to the front of the race and contends as well.

This is because no such horse had won since Apollo, who at age 3 in 1882 won the Kentucky Derby. "But we want a handsome day [on Saturday] so people can come enjoy the spectacle of the Preakness".

Bravazo finished sixth in the Kentucky Derby.

Hammerin' Hank Goldberg of CBS Sports is high on Lone Sailor, who opened as a 25-to-1 shot.

"I don't think I'll be next to him very long, " Bravazo trainer Wayne Lukas said of Justify. "Whether it's good enough, we'll see".

Baffert said he used to tell jockey Victor Espinoza the same thing with Triple Crown Winner American Pharaoh.

"I get paid to spoil dreams", Lukas said.

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