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Derby Winner Justify Atop 2018 Preakness Stakes Odds

Derby Winner Justify Atop 2018 Preakness Stakes Odds - Bovada Sportsbook

A rain-soaked day at Churchill Downs on Saturday led to a shakeup on the odds in the hours ahead of the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby, but it was favorite Justify who would eventually make his way to the winner’s circle after running through the mud to victory and paying out as a 13/4 bet on the 2018 Kentucky Derby odds.

Justify’s win in 2:04:20 marked the first time that a horse that did not race as a two-year-old has gone on to claim victory in the Kentucky Derby since 1882, and has lifted the Bob Baffert-trained colt to a 5/12 favorite on the 2018 Preakness Stakes odds.

With last weekend’s victory, Justify is now undefeated in four career races, including an impressive run at the Santa Anita Derby, where he pulled away down the stretch to finish three lengths ahead of Bolt d’Oro, and pay out on 4/5 odds.

Bred to run in the mud, Good Magic seized the opportunity on the sloppy track to finish second to Justify, after entering the Run for the Roses as a 10/1 bet, and will move on to Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore sporting 15/4 odds to win the Preakness Stakes on Saturday, May 19.

This year’s Florida Derby winner, Audible, posted a third-place finish as a 7/1 wager in Kentucky Derby betting, but will be skipping the 143rd running of the Preakness Stakes to prepare for the Belmont Stakes on June 9, while Mendelssohn, who dueled with Justify for top spot on the Kentucky Derby odds in the days leading up to the race, is expected to return to Ireland after turning in a disappointing last-place finish as a 7/2 bet.

 

Bravazo, Sporting Chance, Noble Indy All Longshots

Two additional horses from last Saturday’s race are also expected to leave the gate at this year’s Preakness Stakes. After finishing sixth at the Kentucky Derby, Bravazo joins Sporting Chance at 25/1, while Noble Indy, who struggled to a 17th-place finish, rounds out the pack as a 33/1 longshot.

Bravazo traveled to Churchill Downs last week sporting long 75/1 odds after recording a disappointing eighth-place finish in this year’s Louisiana Derby, but the Calumet Farm-bred colt posted victories in his previous outings, including a win in the Risen Star in mid-February.

Noble Indy finished third to Bravazo in the Risen Star but punched his ticket to the Kentucky Derby with an impressive victory in the Louisiana Derby that paid out on 7/2 odds, and has posted first-place finishes in three of five career races.

After being pulled from the Kentucky Derby despite qualifying, Quip will return to action at Pimlico knotted with Diamond King at 16/1 on the Preakness Stakes betting odds. Believing his colt would be better off running fresh in the Preakness, trainer Rodolphe Brisset made the surprising decision to rest the three-year-old. Quip has a trio of victories to his credit, but finished second to Magnum Moon at this year’s Arkansas Derby.

Diamond King is coming off a winning run in the Federico Tesio Stakes at Laurel Park in late April, but finished a distant 14th at Kentucky Jockey Club (G2), in his only other race exceeding a mile in length.

 

*Odds as of May 9, 2018

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