Justify emerged from the fog holding the lead as the field rolled down the stretch in Saturday’s 143rd Preakness Stakes and held on gamely to win by a narrow margin over Bravazo, setting up a chance to sweep the Triple Crown.
Justify ran his record to 5-for-5 with the victory. But it was a close call. Much of the race was shrouded in fog and the Pimlico track was a sea of slop.
For much of the 1 3/16 miles, Justify battled with the Kentucky Derby runner-up, Good Magic. They turned into the stretch with the other six runners slightly indistinct through the inclement weather. But it was the Kentucky Derby winner who ran on as Good Magic faded.
The victory gives trainer Bob Baffert, who won his seventh Preakness, an odds-on chance to nail down a second Triple Crown if Justify can continue his roll in the 1 1/2-miles Belmont Stakes in New York three weeks after the Preakness. American Pharoah turned that trick for Baffert in 2015.