Preakness 2018 Draw and Odds: Justify Is Overwhelming Favorite

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Kentucky Derby winner Justify draws 7 post, is heavy 1-2 favorite for Preakness

Last year, however, Cloud Computing won last year's Preakness Stakes in an upset, despite darting from the second position.

Justify has been the heavy Preakness favorite since a convincing victory in the May 5 Kentucky Derby. And renowned trainer Bob Baffert's latest Triple Crown threat will race from the same post it charged out of to win the Run for the Roses earlier this month at Churchill Downs.

Baffert and the horses then traveled to Pimlico by van with a police escort.

Baffert is seeking a record-tying seventh Preakness victory, having previously won with Triple Crown victor American Pharoah (2015), Lookin At Lucky (2010), War Emblem (2002), Point Given (2001), Real Quiet (1998), and Silver Charm (1997).

While it may be tough to pick Justify straight up as the victor, he is a ideal horse to include in a trifecta or superfecta bet because he's expected to be at the front of the field.

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It's a little harder to pinpoint "bad" positions when there's only eight horses running as opposed to 20, but Quip, on the outside at Post 1, isn't necessarily in a good position unless his team thinks he can run full bore from the get-go and overpower Justify down the stretch.

Diamond King, who will start one spot inside of Good Magic, and Sporting Chance, who will break from the third post, each had the longest odds at 30-1.

The horse trained by Rodolphe Brisset took the Tampa Bay Stakes in March and finished second behind Kentucky Derby participant Magnum Moon in April's Arkansas Derby.

Good Magic was a game second-place finisher to Justify at the Kentucky Derby.

If Quip's fresh legs help him stay near the front of the first half of the race, he could make a sprint for the finish line in first while the favorites try to figure out a way to get around him.

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