Justified survived a 7 furlongs match race with Good Magic. Then Bravazo and Tenfold took their turn to run down Justify. Both made their move around the eighth pole. Justify dug down deep to hold off Bravazo and Tenfold. Justify was able to record a half-length victory over Bravazo and Tenfold. Good Magic finished fourth about three lengths behind Justify. Justify won the 143rd Preakness in 1:55.93, over Pimlico’s sloppy track and in the fog.
“He got a little tired,” admitted Smith. “This is the hardest race that he’s had, but he was also waiting on competition. It was awful loud out there and the track’s pretty narrow and he was kind of looking and jumping tracks and doing a few things, but it was a good kind of tired. It was that kind of tired I’m hoping, anyway, and I feel like he’ll move forward.”
Justify’s win is the seventh win of the Preakness for Bob Baffert.
Justify now heads to New York for the Belmont, the last race in Triple Crown series, on June 9 at 1 ½ miles on dirt. Purse $1,500,000.