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    The 2018 Preakness field: Handicapping the contenders

    Trainer Bob Baffert walks Kentucky Derby winner Justify in a barn, Wednesday, May 16, 2018, after arriving at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. The Preakness Stakes horse race is scheduled to take place Saturday, May 19. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
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    Justify with trainer Bob Baffert at Pimlico Wednesday.

    A look at the field, in post position order, for Saturday’s 143rd running of the $1.5 million Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, to be contested at 1 3/16 miles for 3-year-olds. Post time: 6:48 p.m. TV: NBC

    1. Quip

    Odds: 12-1

    Jockey: Rodolphe Brisset


    Trainer: Florent Geroux

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    Comment: After a second-place finish in the Arkansas Derby, his connections decided to bypass the Kentucky Derby and wait for this. He has the French connection to guide his career; Brisset is young but regarded as an up-and-comer.

    2. Lone Sailor

    Odds: 15-1

    Jockey: Irad Ortiz

    Trainer: Tom Amoss


    Comment: In the Derby, he started poorly, ran into some trouble while skimming the rail, and never really made up ground. Amoss is a great trainer, however, so improvement is possible.

    3. Sporting Chance

    Odds: 30-1

    Jockey: Luis Contreras

    Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas

    Comment: He was a nonthreatening fourth in the Pat Day Mile on Derby Day at Churchill. He’s a troublemaker, too; he has interfered with other horses multiple times.

    4. Diamond King


    Odds: 30-1

    Jockey: Javier Castellano

    Trainer: John Servis

    Comment: The Philadelphia-based horse won the Maryland prep race for the Preakness April 21. He’s 4 for 6 lifetime, but three of the wins were in sprints.

    5. Good Magic

    Odds: 3-1

    Jockey: Jose Ortiz

    Trainer: Chad Brown

    Comment: He valiantly chased Justify throughout the Kentucky Derby but could not overtake him. Brown was expected to skip the Preakness but changed his mind.

    6. Tenfold

    Odds: 20-1

    Jockey: Ricardo Santana

    Trainer: Steve Asmussen

    Comment: He has had only three races (winning two) and contended in the early pace of the Arkansas Derby before fading to fifth. His connections, however, make him an interesting proposition.

    7. Justify

    Odds: 1-2

    Jockey: Mike Smith

    Trainer: Bob Baffert

    Comment: His Derby victory was spectacular, as he ran second behind a fast front-runner and still no horse could come close to passing him. His final quarter-mile wasn’t fast, but no one was catching him. It was a top-notch ride by Smith.

    8. Bravazo

    Odds: 20-1

    Jockey: Luis Saez

    Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas

    Comment: He was 67-1 in the Kentucky Derby, got bumped coming out of the gate, and still managed to rally to finish sixth.

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