Preakness Stakes Odds: Justify in the Clear at Pimlico? It’s not unusual to see the Kentucky Derby winner open as the favorite at the Preakness Stakes. However, Justify is a massive 2/5 favorite on Bovada on the Preakness futures market at press time, moving up from 5/8 following his impressive performance in the slop at Churchill Downs. Good Magic, who finished second at the Derby, is the only horse within shouting distance at 7/2.
Justify certainly deserves to be the favorite for the 2018 Preakness Stakes, which takes place Saturday, May 19 (6:20 PM ET post time on NBC) at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. But his odds got even shorter when a number of horses who ran at the Derby were pulled out of contention for the Preakness. It’s believed that Audible, who finished third in Louisville, will be saved for the Belmont Stakes; the Todd Pletcher-trained colt opened as the second favorite for the Preakness at 5/1 before being taken off the list.
Among the fresh horses expected to chase down Justify at Pimlico are Diamond King and Quip, each available at 16/1. Diamond King is coming off a victory at the Federico Tesio Stakes, while Quip finished second to Magnum Moon at the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby.