Preakness Stakes 2018: Start time, odds, and where to watch

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Justify, the victor of the 144th Kentucky Derby, is headed to Pimlico to get ready to run for a chance at the triple crown.

The 1 3/16th-mile Preakness figures to be a duel between Justify and Derby runner-up Good Magic.

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This is because no such horse had won since Apollo, who at age 3 in 1882 won the Kentucky Derby.

Justify broke the curse, and now has an even stronger trend backing him heading into the Preakness Stakes. And the forecast for wet weather and a sloppy track Saturday does not figure to be an adverse factor for Justify.

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The race for the Triple Crown returns this weekend with the 143rd running of the Preakness Stakes.

Headed into the post draw, CBS Sports had Justify a heavy favorite at 2-5, with Good Magic (7-2) and Quip (16-1) behind. Quite a few records are on the line as we head into the second leg of the Triple Crown. If he wins it, and he's a favorite to do just that, then the public's interest in horse racing will be peaked as he takes his Triple Crown quest into the final jewel race - the Belmont Stakes.

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Proven sires are in good number in the short field for Saturday's Preakness Stakes, including Distorted Humor and Curlin, each seeking his third classics victor. He'll be facing some fresh competition that didn't race in the Derby, and it looks as though the race will once again be on a muddy track, lending even more "anything can happen" potential to the already somewhat unpredictable realm of horse racing. As soon as Bob Baffert unloaded Justify from the van, the chestnut colt led the Hall of Fame trainer on several laps around the stakes barn.

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