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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