With all the talk and excitement about the royal wedding on Saturday, don’t forget about the Preakness! It’s going to be a rematch between several of the horses that ran in the Derby, including the winner Justify.
Remember the Preakness is a much shorter race. Will the horses be tired from past performance? Will the weather be rainy and yucky? It will definitely be a sloppy track from the east coast weather this week.
It’s going to be a hard race to handicap. Justify is a great horse and didn’t have any trouble winning on the first Saturday in May. The morning line on Justify is 1-3. When I make a bet I would like to get some money back! That means if you be $2.00 to win you would only get back .66. That’s a tough one.
Good Magic who placed in the Derby is also running. He ran a great race, but who knows if the short course will give him enough time to win. You know that I picked this horse to place in the Derby. His mom is Glinda the Good and his dad is Curlin. Wow! He has a terrific bloodline and his trainer Chad Brown is the icing on the cake! The morning line on Good Magic was 3-1. Better, but not great!
As I was looking at the other horses in the mix the horse Diamond King jumped out at me. Maybe it was the name. Just kidding. Quality Road and Akron Moon, by Malibu Moon are his parents. But the best thing about him is his trainer, John Servis. You may remember his last horse in the Preakness, Smarty Jones. That was my all time favorite horse. His jockey is Javier Castellano and his record is 4-0-1. Not bad. His morning line was 25-1.
Quip may also be one to watch. His sire is Distorted Humor and he’s owned by WinStar Farm. He ran second in the Arkansas Derby. The quote I saw in the Courier-Journal was from the trainer, Rodolphe Brisset that said, ” you still have to be a little careful when he’s around too many horses. He’s still studdish. You have to be a little careful, but he’s way more professional.” Now, I’m not at all certain what that means, sounds like he’s a little frisky. But at his morning line of 12-1, I would check him out!
Break out the black-eyed Susan’s and giddy up! Good luck xoxo.
Photos by Zimbio.com and Maryland Jockey Club