Preakness Stakes Betting Tips & Predictions: It's all about Justify

Could Kentucky Derby-winner Justify be the next Triple Crown hopeful?
Justify ridden by jockey Mike Smith lead the field to the first turn during the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Preakness Stakes Tips & Betting Predictions


All the money is with Justify to win the 2018 Preakness Stakes this Saturday.

The Kentucky Derby winner is always well-favoured to win the second leg of the Triple Crown and that's no different this year with the Bob Baffert-trained colt taking most of the action with bookmakers.

Bookmakers currently have Justify as the $1.44 (-225) favourite to win at Pimlico this Saturday and it's tough to rule against the son of Scat Daddy.

The three-year-old handled the extremely wet conditions best at Churchill Downs two weeks ago where he remained unbeaten from four starts.

Punters all love backing the unbeaten Triple Crown contender but is Justify as good as some of the Kentucky Derby winners in recent years? We think so and there doesn't appear to be any newcomers on the scene.

He defeated Good Magic by 2.5 lengths in the Kentucky Derby and jockey Mike Smith showed all of his experience by going forward and not letting Justify get any of the kick-back.

Weather conditions at Pimlico are expected to be fine throughout the week and although that could throw a spanner into the mix, we think Justify could be better on a dry track.

There might not be much value with the $1.44 but we're struggling to find a thoroughbred which has shown enough to turn the tables.

The only runner that could pose a threat to Justify is Good Magic, which exceeded expectations when running second in the Kentucky Derby.

Trained by Chad Brown, the three-year-old colt was coming off a win at Keeneland where he defeated a field of 14 runners and that form could stack up well under these conditions.

Bookmakers currently have him on the second line at $4.40 (+350) which is a touch shorter than we were expecting, but there has clearly been support in the betting and that should be respected.

Best Bet: Justify to win @ $1.44

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Daryl Curnow 13 May 2018

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