Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas, aboard his popular stable pony Starbuck, was already leading back last year's GI Hopeful S. victor and 'TDN Rising Star' Sporting Chance (Tiznow) to the stakes barn as some light rain continued to fall shortly after sunrise.
The most recent horse to start from Post 7 and win the Preakness was Lookin at Lucky in 2010. Trained by the Triple Crown-winning Bob Baffert, he drew Post 7, same as he had in the Derby, and was installed as the 1-2 morning-line favorite during the draw on Wednesday at Pimlico Race Course. "I've tended to do pretty well in math, and I know it's the shortest way around there", he said.
"You're putting some added pressure on all of us", Baffert said.
The Preakness, the second jewel of thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown, will be run Saturday, May 19.
Good Magic was a game second-place finisher to Justify at the Kentucky Derby. Newcomers to the Triple Crown series are Quip, Sporting Chance, Diamond King and Tenfold. These numbers are especially useful with first-time starters or horses who haven't run on an off or wet racetrack previously, and as you'll see below most of these Preakness runners should relish a wet track.
Bravazo was the third longest shot at the Kentucky Derby a few weeks ago, but surprised everyone by placing sixth in that race.
Hammerin' Hank Goldberg of CBS Sports is high on Lone Sailor, who opened as a 25-to-1 shot.
"They're two superior horses", Baffert said of his colt and Good Magic.
Undefeated in four races, Justify may not have a lot of experience. But if he were to make it six, he had to break the "Curse of Apollo" which dictated that horses who didn't race as a two-year-old can't win at the Derby - no such horse had accomplished the feat since Apollo did in 1882.