STAKES ARE HIGH FOR JUS­TIFY

Edmonton Journal - - SPORTS -

Hav­ing the Preakness favourite has never both­ered Bob Baf­fert be­fore and it doesn’t bother him with Jus­tify. Com­ing off an im­pres­sive vic­tory in the Ken­tucky Derby, Jus­tify is the 1-2 morn­ing-line favourite for Satur­day ’s sec­ond race in a field of eight horses in Bal­ti­more. Derby run­ner-up Good Magic is the sec­ond choice at 3-1, but Jus­tify is the horse to beat with the chance to give Baf­fert his sev­enth Preakness win­ner and a shot at a sec­ond Triple Crown in four years after Amer­i­can Pharoah did it in 2015. Baf­fert is 4-0 in the Preakness with the Derby win­ner and doesn’t see any rea­son why Jus­tify doesn’t have an­other big run in him. Jus­tify will face three other Derby chal­lengers — Good Magic, Lone Sailor, Bravazo — and four horses who skipped it: Quip, Ten­fold, Sport­ing Chance and Di­a­mond King. If Jus­tify runs his best race, the rest of the field could be run­ning for sec­ond.

Bob Baf­fert

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