Preakness 2018 Draw and Odds: Justify Is Overwhelming Favorite

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The Kentucky Derby victor comes into Pimlico Race Course as the overwhelming favorite to win from an eight-horse field.

Justify comes off an impressive Kentucky Derby victory and enters the 2018 Preakness Stakes as a prohibitive favorite in a much smaller field expected to go off with eight horses.

BALTIMORE (AP) - Kentucky Derby victor Justify has arrived at Pimlico Race Course, full of energy in advance of Saturday's Preakness.

Baffert joked that being such a heavy favorite puts more pressure on Justify, who held off a hard-charging Good Magic in the Derby.

Four new challengers for Justify are in the Preakness field - Diamond King, Quip, Sporting Chance and Tenfold.

Quip, who shares some of the same owners as Justify, could spoil the party for Justify and Good Magic if he runs like he has in the last few months. 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. The D. Wayne Lukas-trained Bravazo at Post 8, meanwhile, will be right next to the race's overwhelming favorite, which isn't always the best position to be in - Lukas himself admitted after the post draw that he thought his horses were in "deep doo-doo" after he saw Justify in person on Wednesday.

The race is set to start just after 6 p.m. on NBC.

James Scully from Brisnet has a look at why Preakness history favors horses who run in the Kentucky Derby.

In addition to race-day coverage, TSN also brings viewers the BLACK-EYED SUSAN on Friday, May 18 at 3 p.m. ET live on TSN5, which features the top three-year-old fillies as they compete in a mile and one-eighth race.

Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group.

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