Preakness Stakes 2018: Who Are The Potential Contenders?

Preakness Stakes 2018: Who Are The Potential Contenders?

The race to the Triple Crown is well underway, with Justify securing the first jewel with his impressive Kentucky Derby win. Now, the question is who will take on Justify in the upcoming Preakness Stakes?

While it is too early to know exactly which horses will be in the 2018 Preakness field, there are a few possibilities to put on your radar. Find out which horses may run in the race, as well as their early odds to win the Preakness.

All odds courtesy of Bovada.

Justify (-225)

This is almost a no-brainer, as the three-year-old is now undefeated in four starts and has drawn many comparisons to previous Triple Crown winner American Pharoah.

Though trainer Bob Baffert stated that Justify has a “diaper rash”-like condition on his left hind foot, it is nothing to worry about and the horse will be competing for the Triple Crown.

“He’s had it before. You get it from wet [tracks] and you have to soften it up. It can be irritating. When he stepped on those rocks… it bit him,” stated Baffert. “He was fine in the morning, and today he was fine.”

Good Magic (+350)

Good Magic was the Kentucky Derby runner-up, coming in just two and a half lengths behind Justify. The Chad Brown-trained horse had an excellent run but was not able to catch up to Justify down the stretch.

While Brown initially said that the Thoroughbred would likely skip the trip to Baltimore, he has since changed his mind. The 2017 Preakness-winning trainer stated the following over the weekend:

“I’ve got an idea, but I’ve got to wait until I talk to the owners. I’ll get their thoughts on it and let them weigh in on it,” he said. “I’ll tell them what I see and see what they want to do. I think for me to rule it out this morning would be foolish.”

Diamond King (+1600)

Diamond King is a horse trained by Jason Servis and could be a potential Preakness Stakes contender. The colt recently won the one and one-eighth-mile Federico Tesio Stakes at Laurel Park on April 21. The distance at the Preakness Stakes is one and one-sixteenth, which could bode well for the Thoroughbred.

Quip (+2000)

Quip was the runner-up in the Arkansas Derby and the winner of the Tampa Bay Derby. WinStar owns co-owns both Quip and Preakness favorite Justify.

While the owners decided to rest Quip after his run in the Arkansas Derby on April 7th, the official the probable greenlight for Pimlico has not yet been given.

“My first inclination is to go ahead and run him, but we need to talk to our partners and see. But we’d set the horse up to run in the Preakness and he worked very well on Thursday,” stated WinStar CEO Elliott Walden.

“If Justify is supposed to win the Triple Crown, he’ll beat Quip. I just think you try to manage your horses the best you can and that it’s the right thing for Quip. The horse is doing really well, and we’ll see.”

Bravazo And Sporting Chance (+2500)

Both Bravazo and Sporting Chance are trained by Hall of Famer D. Wayne Lukas. Bravazo finished sixth in the Kentucky Derby but is expected to perform better on a dry Pimlico track that has a shorter distance.

Sporting Chance was fourth in the Pat Day Mile that was part of the Derby Day undercard, and he won the Hopeful Stakes in Saratoga last year. Sporting Chance was also third behind Good Magic and Flameaway in the Blue Grass Stakes.

What About Audible?

Though Audible did not win the Kentucky Derby, he did finish in the money by coming in third place. Trainer Todd Pletcher had four Kentucky Derby starters and has already stated that the quartet will move onto New York for the Belmont Stakes.

Pletcher has been known to skip the Preakness Stakes due to the two-week turnaround between races.

"Everybody came well back. Everybody's happy and sound today,” Pletcher stated. "I thought Audible ran great. I love the way he finished and am proud of his effort. Everybody ships back to Belmont (Monday). We'll regroup there and not make any decisions for a week or so."

The 2018 Preakness Stakes will take place on Saturday, May 19th at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, MD. The post time for the race is 6:20 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on NBC. Time's running out, go to any USA online sportsbooks and place a wager now.