Justify is looking to add his name to the most prestigious list in horse racing. Only 12 horses have been able to claim the Triple Crown, and only one, American Pharoah, has been able to do it since 1978. Justify will be the first horse to have a chance to win the Triple Crown at the Belmont Stakes since American Pharoah, and he will be looking to start a new streak. Before American Pharoah did it, 13 straight horses had won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes, only to fall short in the last leg.
The second leg of the Triple Crown, the Preakness Stakes is set for Saturday at Pimlico Racecourse in Baltimore, Maryland. Kentucky Derby winner Justify is the odds-on favorite to keep his Triple Crown hopes alive against a small field of challengers. Just seven horses will take a shot at Justify in the Preakness on Saturday afternoon on NBC. Let’s look at the race and Preakness Stakes picks.
The Kentucky Derby takes place on Saturday, May 5 and it is expected that Justify will go off as the betting favorite. Justify is currently listed with odds of just over 3-1, while Bolt D’Oro is the second choice in the betting at odds of just over 5-1. It used to be that you never wanted to bet the Kentucky Derby favorite, but recently that has not been the case, as the favorite has won the Kentucky Derby the last five years. Let’s look at the latest Kentucky Derby odds and the top contenders.
For horse racing fans, this is flat out the greatest week of the year. The first Saturday in May is just a thrilling time, as over a hundred thousand will cram into Churchill Downs and millions more will watch on television as 20 of the best three-year old thoroughbreds the globe has to offer descend upon the holy grail of the Sport of Kings. Bust out your oversized hats and the mint juleps! It's time for the Kentucky Derby!
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