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Preakness Stakes picks, preview and everything you need to know

The “Run for the Blackeyed Susans” is next up.

Horse Racing: 142nd Preakness Stakes Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

With the first leg of the Triple Crown passed us many will line up at Baltimore to see if Justify can take the 2nd leg of the Triple Crown at Pimlico. The 143rd running of the Preakness Stakes is on Saturday and there is a talented field including a few horses who by passed the Kentucky Derby and are focused heavily on this race.

Race Details (144th running of the Kentucky Derby)

Venue: Pimlico Race Course, Baltimore, MD
Length: 1.19 Miles
Undercard: 2:30pm
Race Start: 6:30pm
Broadcast: NBC
Winner’s Purse: $2MM

History

Named by Oden Bowie, a Maryland Governor for the colt Preakness, who won the Dinner Party Stakes, this race will feature the Blackeyed Susans, the Maryland State flower which boasts a vibrant yellow color in contrast to the red roses at Kentucky Derby. The record here is 1:53 set by Secretariat in 1973. This race has a wild history including some races where horses were handicapped with heavier weights on them, a 5 year old horse winning in 1890 and changing the distance of the race seven times! The race is capped at 14 horses who will sit and listen to “Maryland, My Maryland” sung by the audience prior to the start. The race was first televised by CBS in 1948.

Field

Horse: Quip (Odds: 12-1); Post Position 1
Jockey: Geroux, Florent Trainer: Brisset, Rodolphe

Florent rode Noble Indy at Kentucky Derby and Rodolphe will make his inaugural appearance this year as the Trainer for Quip. Quip has the third best odds right now coming in with a win at the Tampa Bay Derby and actually had a chance to enter the Kentucky Derby but passed and instead focused on the Preakness.

Horse: Lone Sailor (Odds: 15-1); Post Position 2
Jockey: Ortiz Jr, Irad (1x Belmont Stakes winner) Trainer: Amoss, Thomas

Lone Sailor, who finished 8th at the Kentucky Derby is changing Jockey’s. James Graham will step aside and Irad Ortiz Jr. who manned Hofburg (finished 7th) will step in for the Preakness.

Horse: Sporting Chance (Odds: 30-1) Post Position 3
Jockey: Contreras, Luis Lukas, D. Wayne (4x Kentucky Derby winner, 6x Preakness winner, 4x Belmont Stakes winner)

Luis rode Bravazo (finished 6th at the Derby with 50-1 odds) and Wayne Lukas (one of the most accomplished trainers in the sport) has two horses in the Preakness. He participated in an undercard finishing 4th at the Kentucky Derby.

Horse: Diamond King (Odds: 30-1) Post Position 4
Jockey: Castellano, Javier (1x Preakness winner) Trainer: Servis, John

Winner of the Preakness last year with Cloud Computing - Javier rode Audible (finished 3rdat 8-1 odds) at the Kentucky Derby and John managed Firenze Fire (finished 11th at 50-1 odds) at the Kentucky Derby. Diamond King won the Federico Tesio Stakes to get into the field.

Horse: Good Magic (Odds: 3-1) Post Position 5
Jockey: Ortiz, Jose (1x Belmont Stakes winner) Trainer: Brown, Chad (1x Preakness winner)

Good Magic is back for another race. After placing at the Kentucky Derby (at 12-1 odds) Good Magic has the 2nd best odds to win the Preakness.

Horse: Tenfold (Odds: 20-1) Post Position 6
Jockey: Espinoza, Victor (3x Kentucky Derby winner; 3x Preakness winner; 1x Belmont Stakes winner; 1x Triple Crown winner) Trainer: Asmussen, Steve (2x Preakness winner; 1x Belmont winner)

Victor rode Bolt d’Oro who finished 11thwith 8-1 odds and Steve trained Combatant who exceeded expectations finishing 18th with the lowest odds of the group. Tenfold did not race as a 2 year old much like Justify.

Horse: Justify (Odds: 1-2); Post Position 7
Jockey: Smith, Mike (1x Kentucky Derby winner; 1x Preakness winner; 2x Belmont Stakes winner) Trainer: Baffert, Bob (4x Kentucky Derby Winner)

Odds on favorite at both Kentucky Derby and Preakness; breaker of Apollo Curse and winner at Kentucky Derby.

Horse: Bravazo (Odds: 20-1); Post Position 8
Jockey: Saez, Luis Trainer: Lukas, D. Wayne (4x Kentucky Derby winner, 6x Preakness winner, 4x Belmont Stakes winner)

Finished 6th at the Kentucky Derby and has three career wins to his name.

Fake Team Picks

Mark

Winner: Quip - UPSET ALERT!!
Place: Justify
Show: Good Magic
Superfecta: Quip, Justify, Good Magic , Diamond King

Matt

Winner: Justify
Place: Good Magic
Show: Quip
Superfecta: Justify, Good Magic, Quip, Field

Who Do You Pick? Leave your picks for Winner, Place, Show and Superfecta below in the comments!