Preakness Stakes Results
Justify fought through slop, rain and fog to pass his second test on the Triple Crown trail with a resilient 2018 Preakness Stakes victory. By far one of the most thrilling Classic runs at Pimlico in recent memory as unusual foggy conditions brought an air of tension to the event.
Throughout the early stages of the second jewel of the Triple Crown, Good Magic would run toe-to-toe with his rival Justify, driving Justify to provide his best effort from the moment the gates cracked open.
The camera angles changed rapidly to try and catch any action through dense, white fog blanketing Pimlico as Justify led the field early. Good Magic was right on Justify’s heels as the group soared through fractions of :23.11, :47.19 and 1:11.42.
At the top of the final turn, the tv race angle appeared to show Justify building a lead, but the traditional homestretch view revealed not to be the case.
Good Magic eventually gave way, but an entire field of late runners rocketed from behind to close the gap. Justify narrowly edged out a surging Bravazo, who had flown four wide only to come up a half length short of the eventual winner. Tenfold blitzed at the last moment, catching a tiring Good Magic for third place.
Justify secured the 2018 Preakness win in a time of 1:55.93.
It was an intense, unique and thrilling race that paid tribute to the eerie overcast that had descended on the track.
"That was a nail-biter," Bob Baffert said after claiming his record-tying sixth win in the Preakness. "They put it to us. That was a good horse,” Baffert continued regarding Good Magic, “and it was like they had their own private match race. Somebody had to give, and I'm glad it wasn't us. He had to really work for it, Good Magic, I tip my cap to him. He made us really work. He's a really good horse."
The finish for Good Magic, who is likely to skip the Belmont, was a gut punch as Tenfold caught him at the wire. This was the first time that the colt finished out of the top-three.
"I didn't want the horse on the lead. I'm disappointed with the trip," Chad Brown noted. "The post didn't help. We were inside the whole way. Unfortunately, our horse took the worst of it being on the fence and getting pressed the whole way. He's not a horse that runs on the lead, so I'm pretty disappointed. He didn't give up. I know this horse very well, and he's not a horse to be on the lead. No way.”
Baffert echoed Brown’s sentiments to a certain extent, because a battle so early in a race can wear down a horse no matter his quality. However, Justify proved his mettle under incredible circumstances for the second time in two weeks.
His performance in the 2018 Preakness may have been closer than the Kentucky Derby, but his ability to rally a heroic effort in adverse conditions should still send a clear message.
"These great horses, they find themselves when they get in that situation,” Trainer Bob Baffert continued, ”and today he showed he's not only this big, beautiful, gorgeous horse, but he is all racehorse. And that's what it took today."
With a sloppy Kentucky Derby and a blindingly foggy 2018 Preakness Stakes behind him, Justify now has the exclusive Triple Crown in plain sight with a trip to the 2018 Belmont Stakes.