Although Justify is expected to lead the eight-horse field, there are a few other contenders worth watching at Pimlico Race Course.
Of the seven other horses in the race, a pair of competitors have emerged as Justify's top threats, and with experienced jockeys on board, they could deliver a surprising win.
Justify (Jockey: Mike Smith) Justify's rightfully received the bulk of the attention entering the Preakness Stakes because of his dominant showing at the Kentucky Derby.
After dominating the first leg of the Triple Crown at Churchill Downs, Justify is the favorite to continue his quest for horse racing immortality.
“It don’t hurt (to start early) – unless you are not getting better.
I can be extremely patient and be very aggressive if I need to be.”He said his early start on the race tracks was valuable simply because it provided him with more practice.“Like anything in life, the more you do things, the better you get,” he said.
Ups and some downs Smith’s career has been studded with lots of good times but some sobering ones as well.
In 1993, he won his first Preakness on a horse named Prairie Bayou.