If you have been paying attention to the news coming out of the horse racing world since the completion of the Kentucky Derby a couple of weeks back, you would be excused for believing that Justify was the only horse entered into the 143rd running of the Preakness Stakes. The second leg of the Triple Crown goes this coming Saturday at Pimlico racetrack in Baltimore, and it is the Derby winner who is making all the headlines. Yes, his performance at Churchill Downs was spectacular, but let’s not forget that only 23 horses in the past 142 years have been able to do the Derby/Preakness double. Second favorite Good Magic, who ran second in the Derby, seems the most likely to spring the upset, but this race has given us more than our fair share of longshot winners. Let’s take a look at some of the dark horses this weekend.
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One of the most lethal combinations in horse racing is speed and the rail, which is exactly what Quip gets in the Preakness. This horse loves to come out quickly, and given that he drew the #1 post, he is going to have no problems running the type of race that he likes. Quip had actually earned enough points to be in the Kentucky Derby, but he was held out of that race in favor of this one. That extra time to prep may not only put him in the money, it may just place him in the winner’s circle. I am going to have a little win wager going on this one.
This is a horse who never seems to run a bad race, yet who has only been in the money in 4 of his 7 career starts. He always seems to find himself boxed in or in some other type of trouble, but with only 8 horses in this race, that should not be an issue for him this time around. Something else that may play into his favor here is his role as a closer. If we get into a speed duel up front in the early part of the race, Sporting Chance may be able to run them all down in the home stretch. Given that we are looking at a potentially sloppy track, those tired legs up front may just give him a shot at getting in the money.
Justify and Good Magic ran 1 and 2 in the Kentucky Derby, and the only other horse in the Preakness field who ran at Churchill Downs a couple of weeks ago was Bravazo. He finished a very respectable 6th in the big race, seemingly reveling in the sloppy conditions. He seems an unlikely choice to take out the two favorites here, but he is certainly one to consider playing in your exotics. Judging by the weather reports coming out of Baltimore, we are going to see a similarly sloppy track at Pimlico on Saturday, so maybe expect another strong run.
These are the only 3 longer priced horses who I see as having a shot at getting in the money on Saturday, but as this race has proven over the years, you just never know who is going to come out on top.