JUSTIFY WINS PREAKNESS THE SECOND LEG OF THE TRIPLE CROWN

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Justify is an American Thoroughbred racehorse who won the 2018 Kentucky Derby, becoming the first horse since 1882 to win that race without racing as a two-year-old. He also won the 2018 Preakness Stakes.

Justify wins 143rd Preakness Stakes looks for Triple Crown in three weeks at the Belmont Stakes.

Every year at the Preakness, all eyes are on the Kentucky Derby winner, with the hope and expectation that the champion of two weeks ago can win at Pimlico to take the necessary second step toward winning the Triple Crown. Two weeks ago, Justify romped to a decisive victory in Kentucky. Would it happen again in muddy, foggy Maryland? By Jay Busbee

Justify, who has an adhesive reinforcement on his left hind hoof, galloping on a muddy track at Pimlico Race Course on Thursday.CreditPatrick Semansky/Associated Press

It was certainly an odd turn of events. About 13 hours after Justify had splashed to victory in the Kentucky Derby, becoming the first horse since 1882 to win the race without having competed as a 2-year-old, he was trotted out of Barn 33 at Churchill Downs to mug for the cameras and soak up the glory. Instead he was agitated and unable to put much weight on his left hind leg. By Melissa Hoppert

Justify won the 143rd running of the Preakness Stakes on Saturday at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Md. Justify was ridden by jockey Mike Smith.  Justify, the winner of the Kentucky Derby, entered the race as a 1-5 favorite. He was followed by Good Magic (5-1), Quip (11-1) and Lone Sailor (12-1). By NIHAL KOLUR

Justify, with the jockey Mike Smith, won the Preakness Stakes in a fog at Pimlico Race Course on Saturday, two weeks after he won the Kentucky Derby at a muddy Churchill Downs. Justify will go for the Triple Crown in three weeks at the Belmont Stakes.CreditPatrick Smith/Getty Images

Bob Baffert will talk to almost anyone about almost anything. Want to shut him up though? Ask him about history, specifically his standing in it and the records he’s on the cusp of breaking with his latest thoroughbred superstar, Justify. By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun

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