Derby streak set in 1882 broken by 3-year-old Justify

Posted May 17, 2018

Sporting Chance was fourth at the Pat Day Mile at Churchill Downs on Derby day, but has never run a race as long as Preakness.

When they drew the Preakness posts late Wednesday afternoon, Kentucky Derby victor Justify got the same No. 7 spot he started from at Churchill Downs.

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.

All four of Baffert's previous Kentucky Derby winners went on to also win the Preakness Stakes - Silver Charm, Real Quiet, War Emblem and American Pharoah.

The post draw can be watched live on Pimlico's official website or on the Preakness Stakes Facebook page.

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.

Brown is optimistic the quick turnaround will benefit Good Magic, per Jeremy Balan of America's Best Racing.

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.