Watch Second Triple Crown Race Online

  • Watch Second Triple Crown Race Online

Watch Second Triple Crown Race Online

When the horses finally emerged into view, Justify had been through a full mile of a head-to-head duel with Good Magic, a battle that clearly exhausted both horses.

If the results stand, Justify can become horse racing's 13th Triple Crown victor —the first since Baffert saddled American Pharoah in 2015— by winning the Belmont on June 9.

The first was whether a heel bruise that surfaced after the Derby was indeed a non-issue, as Baffert consistently maintained, or perhaps that kind of small physical problem that gets magnified under the grueling Triple Crown schedule.

This year, Baffert has his eye on his second Triple Crown, having won it in 2015 with American Pharoah.

With five hours until post time for the Preakness, Kentucky Derby victor Justify is the 1-2 favorite after fluctuating between 2-5 and even money throughout the day.

"He really had to work for it and I'm happy we pulled it out", Baffert said. Derby runner-up Good Magic is the 5-1 second choice, and Quip is 9-1.

Justify was a 2-5 betting favorite.

Competitors Bravazo and Tenfold finished in second and third place, respectively, in the 1 3/16-mile race.

Justify, the favorite to win the Preakness, won the Kentucky Derby on a sloppy track at Churchill Downs.

It is not what Belinda Stronach, the chairman and president of the Stronach Group, envisioned when she approved upgrades to the tents, entertainment and concessions for this year's event. American Pharaoh was the last Post 1 victor of the Preakness.

"They tested his fitness today", Smith said.

"We're going to make sure that he comes out of the race well and he trains well for it", Baffert said. "Somebady had to give, and I'm glad it wasn't us".

The weather has led to the Budweiser Clydesdales being scratched and a demonstration by parachute jumpers to be canceled from pre-Preakness festivities. It has rained around Baltimore for the past three days, and the precipitation has continued in spurts all through Saturday morning and afternoon. He saddled his first Triple Crown race victor in last year's Preakness with Cloud Computing.

Justify, the undefeated Kentucky Derby champion, came out of the mist and beat back a vigorous, extended challenge from his emerging rival Good Magic in the slop to win the Preakness Stakes by a half-length over Bravazo on Saturday, setting the stage for a Triple Crown bid at Belmont Park in three weeks' time.

Baffert has won 14 Triple Crown races, tied for most with D. Wayne Lukas. The only unknown about the big chestnut colt was how he would react when pushed to the limit.