Justify is the horse to watch going into the 2018 Preakness Stakes, the second leg on the road to the Triple Crown. After winning the Kentucky Derby and breaking “Apollo’s Curse”, Justify has been favored to take the 9 1/2 furlong Preakness. It’s set to go down on Saturday, with a post time of approximately 6:20 p.m. ET.
Television coverage of the race will be carried by NBC, which begins pre-race coverage at 5 p.m. Further pre-race coverage can be found at NBC Sports from 2:30 p.m. Online streaming of the race will be handled by NBC Sports or a streaming service that carries NBC, such as fuboTV.
Justify was not raced as a two-year-old, which is what the aforementioned “curse” refers to. The last horse to win the Derby having not been raced as a two-year-old was Apollo in 1882. The horse is trained by Bob Baffert, and Mike Smith is the jockey. Justify is 4-0 with over $2 million in career earnings.
Baffert also trained American Pharoah, the 2015 Triple Crown winner. He also has had six of his horses win the Preakness, tied with D. Wayne Lukas in second place all-time.
The other horses to watch are Bravazo, Quip, and Good Magic. The latter of the three has been considered Justify’s top competition for the Preakness.
Justify also started seventh in the Derby, though post position is a different thing when it comes to the Preakness, as the field is down from 20 horses to eight.
Below, you can see the full post position lineup for the eight-horse field.
2018 Preakness Stakes post positions
2. Lone Sailor
3. Sporting Chance
4. Diamond King
5. Good Magic
And below is all you need to know to watch the action.
How to watch the 2018 Preakness Stakes
All times ET
Date: Saturday, May 19
Location: Pimlico Race Course, Baltimore
Post time: 6:20 p.m. (approx)
TV: NBC (from 5 p.m., more pre-race coverage on NBCSN from 2:30 p.m.)
Online Streaming: NBC Sports, fuboTV