Justify wins Preakness Stakes as quest for Triple Crown continues

Justify wins Preakness Stakes as quest for Triple Crown continues

"What keeps Pimlico here in Baltimore is the Preakness, I think if there wasn't any Preakness, you'd probably see no racing here", Ritvo said.

Justify rounded the final turn and hit the top of the stretch winded but with the lead.

Now he will go into Belmont Park as America's next great equine sensation as he looks to enter a storied roll of thoroughbreds to sweep America's three most celebrated races, joining Sir Barton (1919), Gallant Fox (1930), Omaha (1935), War Admiral (1937), Whirlaway (1941), Count Fleet (1943), Assault (1946), Citation (1948), Secretariat (1973), Seattle Slew (1977), Affirmed (1978) and American Pharoah (2015).

All week, the race shaped up as a coronation for Justify, who won the Kentucky Derby by a convincing 2 1/2 lengths and drew immediate comparisons to the likes of American Pharoah and Seattle Slew, the only horse to win the Triple Crown with an undefeated record.

"We've made it pretty clear that we're not going to put any funds into it", Ritvo said.

Justify with jockey Mike Smith atop wins the 143rd Preakness Stakes horse race at Pimlico Race Course on Saturday in Baltimore.


"If the state - and obviously I say city and state because I don't believe the city can do it either - if the state believed that there was a commitment that needed to be done through the [Maryland] Stadium Authority or something, obviously that's something that we would consider", Ritvo said. "I'll see you in NY".

Bravazo finished second while Tenfold got third.

Baffert has won 14 Triple Crown races, tied for most with D. Wayne Lukas.

Fields added that one of the most popular props has been "will Justify win the Preakness?" and the overwhelming majority of bettors are taking "yes". With Baffert praying for the wire at Pimlico, Justify won by a half-length after completing the race in 1:55.93. "What he's done in that short 75 days to win the Kentucky Derby, to go, go, go, - and he ran with some good horses - he makes my job a lot easier". "I'm so happy that we got it done". Consequently, it can never be run before 15 May or after 21 May.

"He's had to really work for it", Baffert said of his horse after the race.

"We're going to try and get a Breeders' Cup there", Ritvo said of Laurel, "and we're going to have the day in and day out racing there, and those improvements needed to come whether the Preakness moved or not".

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