2018 Preakness Stakes lineup, post positions: Current odds, horses, contenders

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Will it be lucky No. 7 again for Justify? The Kentucky Derby winner, who broke the Apollo Curse two weeks ago, will attempt to win the second leg of the Triple Crown from the same post it bolted out of at Churchill Downs, but the field will look quite different for the 1-2 favorite at PimlicoOnly four of the horses from the 20-horse Derby field will race Saturday at the Preakness. 

Eight horses will take Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore for the second leg of the American Triple Crown, and after a record attendance in 2017, this year's competition figures to warrant just as much attention as Justify looks to become the first Thoroughbred to take all three of the famed Grade 1 Stakes races since American Pharaoh did it in 2015.

In doing so, he's also vying to become the fifth straight Derby winner under trainer Baffert to also win the Preakness, and he'll have to do it from post No. 7, a familiar spot. If he's able to do so, he will complete the feat in similar track conditions to what he faced in Louisville as heavy downpours of rain have made for sloppy track conditions in Baltimore.

Here's a complete look at the 2018 Preakness Stakes post positions and morning-line odds:

Post draw, odds

POSTHORSEODDS

1

Quip

9-1

2

Lone Sailor

10-1

3

Sporting Chance

19-1

Diamond King

14-1

5

Good Magic

5-1

6

Tenfold

21-1

7

Justify

1-2

8

Bravazo

12-1

Justify back at No. 7

After winning the Kentucky Derby rather handily from the No. 7 post, Justify will stay in that spot for the Preakness, and he's a big favorite with 1-2 morning-line odds. After facing off with 19 other Thoroughbreds in Louisville, this post probably gets a little better for the Preakness favorite considering he's got only seven other horses to deal with on Saturday.

Best and worst post positions

It's a little harder to pinpoint "bad" positions when there's only eight horses running as opposed to 20, but Quip, on the outside at Post 1, isn't necessarily in a good position unless his team thinks he can run full bore from the get-go and overpower Justify down the stretch. The D. Wayne Lukas-trained Bravazo at Post 8, meanwhile, will be right next to the race's overwhelming favorite, which isn't always the best position to be in -- Lukas himself admitted after the post draw that he thought his horses were in "deep doo-doo" after he saw Justify in person on Wednesday.

Justify might have gotten the best draw merely for the fact that he was already going to be a heavy favorite in Baltimore. At No. 7, where he started in Kentucky, he should still have room to break out and gain steam on the straightaway to handle the first turn.

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