History has always preceded the arrival of the reigning Derby champion in Maryland, a well-worn reminder that there is no such thing as a sure thing, not for bettors. Justify is this year’s early Preakness favorite, undefeated in four races, the last a convincing May 5 win at Churchill Downs.
Mother’s Day weekend proved to be a tumultuous one for the 2018 Preakness field, with trainer Chad Brown committing Kentucky Derby runner-up Good Magic to a rematch with Justify while Bolt d’Oro’s trainer-owner Mick Ruis pointed his contender to New York rather than Baltimore.
With 6,997 career victories, Edgar Prado needs three to reach 7,000, a mark met by just seven other jockeys. Named to ride two horses Thursday and two Friday, Prado could hit that goal by Preakness Day (May 19).
After a spirited run through the heart of the Kentucky Derby before a fade to 12th, Bolt d’Oro was unequivocally ruled out of the Preakness by owner and trainer Mick Ruis. Until, he unequivocally wasn’t.
Horses and Harford County have been synonymous for most of the county's 242-year history, and the Sport of Kings has a proud local heritage with some of the greatest thoroughbred champions of the past 150 years having strong local ties.