CRAWFORD | Report: Derby runner-up Good Magic a go for the Preakness
The addition of Kentucky Derby runner-up Good Magic to the Preakness field would ramp up the competition for Justify as he seeks the second leg of thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – What was shaping up as a rather thin field of challengers to Kentucky Derby winner Justify’s bid in the Preakness is picking up more muscle.
Two-year-old champion Good Magic, runner-up in the Derby, will make the trip to Pimlico on Monday to set up a Derby rematch in Saturday’s Preakness, according to David Grening, who spoke to trainer Chad Brown.
Good Magic won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile last Fall, and captured the Grade 2 Blue Grass Stakes before the Derby.
In the Kentucky Derby, Good Magic claimed second on the backstretch and held onto it in the slop but couldn’t reel in Justify, who won by 2 ½ lengths.
He’s not the only Derby participant looking to jump into the Preakness. Owner/trainer Mick Ruis has been weighing a trip to Pimlico for Bolt d’Oro, 12th in the Derby after finishing runner-up to Justify in the Santa Anita Derby.
Good Magic is confirmed to run in Preakness, per Chad Brown. Ships to Baltimore Monday morning.— David Grening (@DRFGrening) May 13, 2018
Ruis has said he’ll consider the Preakness for Bolt d’Oro as long as it’s not a sloppy track at Pimlico.
Other Derby horses who could possibly try the Preakness are Wayne Lukas’ Bravazo and Tom Amoss’ Lone Sailor.
Quip, who qualified for the Derby, was not entered in the race and instead was pointed toward the Preakness.
Whoever faces Justify, Lukas said, has an uphill battle.
"They can beat him but it’s going to be very difficult," Lukas said. "You have to look back down the years. Who would have thought Barbaro would have got beat? Who would have thought Fusaichi Pegasus would have got beat? Who would’ve thought that – any of these horses that were heavily favored out of the Derby. It’s his race to lose. Give him a chance to run – give him a clear shot at it and everything, I definitely think he’s going to be very difficult to beat. But you can’t mail it in. You got to go over there, and you got a different track, a different surface, a different trip, but if you had to – if you’re going to bet on the fastest horse and the most powerful, you better bet on him."
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