Justify, with Mike Smith up, was all alone at the finish in the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., on Saturday, May 5, 2018. I watched him all week. The track is the same for everybody, We know that the Derby winner liked the mud, and we know he’s the one to beat. He'll get it, but not sure it will matter much. The timing is good for us for this race." If the track is soggy, that would be even better.
That’s what bonds these relationships,” Lukas said. “I have the greatest respect for Bob Baffert. The cruelty of the sport never diminishes, nor do owners’ expectations for big-race victories. Baffert doesn’t go back that far, but he’s held the Preakness stage longer than most. ARTeriors: 14 S. One thing to know: There are plenty of reasons to think Tenfold, the son of the former Preakness winner Curlin, will have a shot heading into this year’s race at Pimlico with fresh legs.