Ridden by Mike Smith, Justify won the Derby as the favorite earlier this month and now all eyes will be on whether the Bob Baffert-trained chestnut colt can create some intrigue going into the June 9 Belmont Stakes, the final stop for the Crown.
We'll have a clearer idea of the odds and each horses chances one post positions are drawn on Wednesday, but for now, you can get a sense of the race schedule for the weekend and where Las Vegas currently has the odds on each horse.
"It went really smooth".
As soon as Justify settled in, Baffert declared: "He's on his game". "We were a little bit anxious last night because the plane was delayed. but the horse shipped well and was full of himself when he got off the van".
Justify will be flanked by Tenfold (20-1) on his left and Bravazo (20-1), who finished sixth at the Derby, on his right.
After a two-and-a-half-length victory in the Kentucky Derby, the unbeaten Justify will try to pick up the second jewel of the Triple Crown on Saturday in the mile and three-sixteenths Preakness Stakes.
With rain expected at Pimlico Race Course in the days leading up to the Preakness and on race day, veteran trainer D. Wayne Lukas expects the pace to be similar to the Derby. In doing so, he's also vying to become the fifth straight Derby victor under trainer Baffert to also win the Preakness, and he'll have to do it from post No. 7, a familiar spot.