Bovada has Justify at 5-8 odds as the early favorite to win his second race in three weeks, CBSSports.com reports.
Saturday being a wet, muddy day at Churchill Downs made for flawless conditions for long-short horses to come in (sometimes a wet track makes it more likely for long-short horses to finish in the money).
Baffert admitted the wet conditions had him concerned. Audible and Good Magic, who both raced in Louisville and finished in the money, are at 5-1 and 6-1 odds, respectively.
"Amazing horse", Smith said. "Usually they're a little bit exhausted, but he was good". Baffert is four for four in winning the Preakness after winning the Derby.
"He got beat up out of the gate and proceeded to check on the first turn, and was never in a good place", jockey Ryan Moore said.
We asked if we could start putting Justify in the same conversation as American Pharoah - who won the Triple Crown - and Baffert told us it's not a insane comparison.
Winning the Kentucky Derby in only a horse's fourth lifetime start has been accomplished just twice before. Trainer Chad Brown told Walker on Sunday that he will reassess his Preakness chances after recuperating back in NY. "He says to me, 'Johnny, I got a horse I want to bet in the future book.' I said, 'I'll tell you what I'll do".
"There's no telling what this horse can do", Smith said.
The telecast's rating peaked at 10.9 (with a 25 share) from 6:45 to 7:00 p.m.as Justify earned the blanket of roses. The colt is owned by WinStar Farm, one of Justify's multiple owners. The Belmont Stakes in Elmont, New York, is June 9 at Belmont Park.