Justify, following in footsteps of American Pharoah, is one race away from Triple Crown

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BALTIMORE -- The day after the Preakness Stakes, the sun came out for the first time in six days. And with it the reflections of those who watched Justify win the second leg of the Triple Crown also turned brighter.

The half-length victory, over a muddy track shrouded in a heavy layer of fog, had some questioning the chances of this 3-year-old ...Read more

Justify looks good the day after, returns to Kentucky; Triple Crown next?

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Justify's trial by rain, mud and fog was over, and on Sunday morning, the sun finally beamed over Pimlico Race Course and the new Triple Crown aspirant.

He'd endured the hardest fight of his career in winning the Preakness the previous evening, but he looked none the worse for it as he boarded a van to the airport just after 8:30 a.m. Justify ...Read more

Justify holds on to win Preakness in mud and fog at Pimlico

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BALTIMORE -- Though he ranked among the heaviest Preakness favorites in recent history, Justify's quest to take the second leg of the Triple Crown carried several notes of uncertainty.

Would the big chestnut colt be disturbed by a tender heel that bothered him the morning after the Kentucky Derby?

Would he finally take a step back, or even ...Read more

With Supreme Court ruling, sports betting could become a friend and foe to horse racing

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BALTIMORE -- With the Supreme Court's decision to strike down bans on sports gambling, clearing the way for states such as Maryland to embrace wagers on sports events, officials in the horse racing industry have become like the bettors they rely on: They just hope that what comes next is a winner.

In a vote Monday, the nation's highest court ...Read more

Justify's rapid ascent puts Preakness favorite in same company as American Pharoah

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BALTIMORE -- The comparisons were inevitable.

One of the most famous trainers in thoroughbred racing, Bob Baffert, brings a talented Kentucky Derby champion to the Preakness just three years after he ended a 37-year Triple Crown drought with another horse who seemed to float above the dirt.

It's impossible to talk about Justify, the 1-2 ...Read more

Bob Baffert stares down all-time records with his latest Preakness favorite, Justify

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BALTIMORE -- Bob Baffert will talk to almost anyone about almost anything.

Want to shut him up though? Ask him about history, specifically his standing in it and the records he's on the cusp of breaking with his latest thoroughbred superstar, Justify.

If Justify wins the Preakness on Saturday -- something each of Baffert's four previous ...Read more

With rain in forecast after wet week, few seem concerned with track conditions for Preakness

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There have been many comparisons drawn between American Pharoah and Justify in the two weeks between the Kentucky Derby and Saturday's 143rd Preakness.

Most of them have been raised with trainer Bob Baffert, who in 2015 helped American Pharoah become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.

By Saturday night, there might also be ...Read more

Despite mud at Pimlico, Preakness favorite Justify looked comfortable in morning workout

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BALTIMORE -- Preakness favorite Justify galloped over the track at Pimlico Race Course for the first time Thursday morning, appearing comfortable despite the mud from a relentless overnight rain.

Trainer Bob Baffert said he kept the workout light because of the conditions, though the rain abated briefly as Justify walked from the Preakness barn...Read more

Complex partnership behind Preakness favorite Justify reveals state of racing in 2018

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BALTIMORE -- Behind the mighty chestnut horse stands an ambitious Kentucky farm owner, a former Johns Hopkins lacrosse player who bought in with less than two months to spare, an executive with the NFL's New York Giants and a consortium of Chinese business people looking to popularize thoroughbred racing in their home country.

On Saturday at ...Read more

Preakness' training titans Bob Baffert and Wayne Lukas might have made a super team

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BALTIMORE -- It's always fun to speculate about what would have happened if, almost a half-century ago when Bob Baffert called Wayne Lukas for a job, Lukas would have said yes.

Instead, he said no.

"I asked him for a job one time out of high school, and he turned me down," Baffert said. "I tell him, 'I'm sure glad you turned me down because ...Read more

With big crowd on hand, Justify arrives at Pimlico

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BALTIMORE -- A little over an hour behind schedule Wednesday afternoon, Kentucky Derby winner Justify arrived at Pimlico Race Course in preparation of Saturday's 143rd Preakness Stakes.

Despite a spitting rain, a large crowd of reporters and fans waited for trainer Bob Baffert's horse to emerge from the van that shipped him and other horses ...Read more

Derby champ Justify to start Preakness from No. 7 post as 1-2 favorite

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BALTIMORE -- Kentucky Derby champion Justify will start from the seventh post as a 1-2 favorite in the morning line for Saturday's 143rd Preakness at Pimlico Race Course.

Trainer Bob Baffert's previous four Derby champions have all won two weeks later in Baltimore. And Justify is coming off a commanding 21/2-length victory over a muddy track at...Read more

Bravazo, Sporting Chance have light Preakness workouts on muddy track; Good Magic running better

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BALTIMORE -- D. Wayne Lukas wasn't taking any chances Wednesday morning.

The Hall of Fame trainer of Preakness runners Bravazo and Sporting Chance didn't think his horses "needed to do much," especially on Pimlico Race Course's muddy track, so he schooled both in the paddock, familiarizing the horses with their environs, before backtracking ...Read more

Will Justify win and go for a Triple Crown? Here's the answer to that and other Preakness Stakes questions

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Trainer Bob Baffert once called the Preakness Stakes the easiest of the Triple Crown races to win. Of course, he said that in a year when he didn't have the Kentucky Derby winner staring at a bit of horse racing immortality.

Baffert knows a little bit about the Preakness, having won it six times. He's also four for four when he has taken the ...Read more

Kentucky Derby runner-up Good Magic is first to arrive at Pimlico for Preakness

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Justify's top competition in Saturday's Preakness was the first to arrive at Pimlico Race Course.

Kentucky Derby runner-up Good Magic was unloaded at the Pimlico stakes barn at approximately 10:50 a.m. Monday before a crowd of photographers. Joining the Chad Brown-trained colt on his journey from Belmont Park were stablemates Elysea's World and...Read more

Good Magic in and Bolt d'Oro out as Preakness field nears final shape

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Mother's Day weekend proved to be a tumultuous one for the 2018 Preakness field, with trainer Chad Brown committing Kentucky Derby runner-up Good Magic to a rematch with Justify while Bolt d'Oro's trainer-owner Mick Ruis pointed his contender to New York rather than Baltimore.

Brown's decision on Good Magic, the 2017 Breeders' Cup Juvenile ...Read more

Justify is the early favorite in the Preakness, but he's also far from a sure thing

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BALTIMORE -- The Preakness, the second leg of horse racing's Triple Crown, is historically a less crowded affair, with fewer horses in the field and more money focused on the favorites.

Three years ago, after a win in the Kentucky Derby, American Pharoah got 9-10 odds at the Preakness' post time. Affirmed, another Triple Crown winner, was a 1-2...Read more

With help from Maryland doctors, horse racing industry takes on concussions

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BALTIMORE -- Juan Acosta wears a gnarled knuckle and misaligned collarbone like badges earned during his 16 years racing horses nearly 20,000 times. He also recalls times when he's "seen stars."

"Concussions, I've had maybe five or more," said Acosta, known as J.D., a regular at the Laurel Park racetrack. "You get back on. We're always going to...Read more

Five storylines for Preakness 2018

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The Kentucky Derby lived up to our lofty expectations for drama, challenging a gifted field of 3-year-old thoroughbreds with a miserable rain that created the perfect, if muddy, platform for Justify to assert his brilliance.

The Bob Baffert-trained colt stomped all over the Curse of Apollo, the 136-year run in which no horse had won the ...Read more

Bolt d'Oro pointed toward Preakness; Justify gallops without discomfort

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BALTIMORE -- The potential field for the May 19 Preakness Stakes grew more interesting Thursday when owner/trainer Mick Ruis said he would point Bolt d'Oro toward the race after previously saying his colt would return to California to regroup from a 12th-place finish in the Kentucky Derby.

Asked why he changed his mind, Ruis texted a photograph...Read more