- Dual Classic winner Justify exited his Grade 1 Preakness score in good shape and shipped back to Churchill Downs the morning after the race.
- Trainer Bob Baffert plans to train Justify at Churchill Downs for two and a half weeks before shipping to New York for the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes and a shot at becoming the 13th Triple Crown winner.
- Conditioner D. Wayne Lukas’ Preakness duo of runner-up Bravazo and sixth-place finisher Sporting Chance left Pimlico by van well before dawn on May 20 for the return trip to Churchill Downs.
- Lukas said Bravazo is likely to challenge Justify again in the final leg of the Triple Crown while Sporting Chance will be given a break and be pointed to Saratoga.
- Trainer Steve Asmussen reported that Tenfold came out of his third-place effort in the Preakness well and the colt’s connections will make a decision on the Belmont Stakes about a week before the June 9 race.
- Good Magic, who completed the Preakness superfecta, returned to New York on May 20 and will be freshened up for a summer campaign that will likely include the Grade 1 Travers Stakes at Saratoga in August.
- Conditioner Tom Amoss said that Preakness fifth-place runner Lone Sailor came out of the Preakness in good order and will train at his Churchill Downs base while plans for his next race are determined.
- Trainer John Servis says Diamond King came out of his seventh-place finish in the Preakness well and is likely to race next in the Grade 3 Ohio Derby at Thistledown or Grade 3 Indiana Derby at Indiana Grand.
- Quip, who finished last after bobbling at the start of the Preakness, was in fine condition the morning after the race and was scheduled to return to Keeneland to prepare for races like the Ohio, Indiana, and West Virginia derbies.
- Elliott Walden, the president and chief executive of WinStar Farm, which owns both Justify and Kentucky Derby show finisher Audible along with China Horse Club, Head of Plains Partners, and Starlight Racing, said the group will takes its time before deciding whether to have Audible attempt to spoil the Triple Crown bid.
- Ontario-bred Flameaway, who finished 13th in the Kentucky Derby, will not run in the $1 million Queen’s Plate at Woodbine on June 30 and instead be pointed to the Ohio Derby.
Preakness Stakes News & Notes: May 13, 2018
Grade 1 Kentucky Derby champ Justify arrived at Pimlico for the Grade 1 Preakness Stakes on the afternoon of May 16 and was installed as the race’s 1-2 morning line favorite after drawing post position seven.