Preakness Field Grows Clearer: Good Magic In, Bolt d'Oro Out

Elias Hubbard
May 18, 2018

After several laps around the shedrow of the Preakness Stakes barn, Good Magic was led into Stall 26, which is on the same side of the barn where Kentucky Derby victor and heavy Preakness favorite Justify will be bedded down upon his arrival from Kentucky on Wednesday.

With major sports books taking action, Demling has released his Preakness picks and listed where he believes every horse will finish.

Kentucky Derby (G1) runner-up Good Magic will run in the 143rd Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico Race Course, trainer Chad Brown announced on Sunday.

"I think it's a great opportunity for the horse". "I really don't have anything else planned for him before, say, either the Haskell (G1) or the Jim Dandy (G2) anyway". "The Euros never learn", Goldberg said of the decision to have Mendelssohn shipped in just two days before the race. He has to be doing well, and he's doing exceptionally well. It's remarkable to see how well the horse is moving and his energy level. "I'm excited about it".

Bravazo was the sixth-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby, but finished eighth in the Louisiana Derby and hasn't hit the board since February. "Brown skipped him for the Kentucky Derby, rested him, and trained him up for the Preakness".

With Kentucky Derby victor Justify looking to clinch the second leg of this year's Triple Crown, there is an obvious lack of competition going up against the three-year-old colt in Baltimore this month as many horses from the Derby won't be participating. Brown acknowledged that Justify presents an imposing challenge for his colt. "The horse is unbeaten and to a degree untested".

Sporting Chance: The second Lukas-trained horse in the field finished fourth in the one-turn Pat Day Mile on the Kentucky Derby undercard. "If you're asking how we're going to close the gap of a couple lengths, that's it". We're going to need to improve. "We're hopeful our horse responds to that well".

Good Magic, co-owned by e Five Racing Thoroughbreds and Stonestreet Farm, broke his maiden winning the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) and was voted the Eclipse Award as the 2-year-old male champion.

Brown, 39, has won the Eclipse Award as the champion trainer the past two years.

Demling followed up last year's Kentucky Derby win by successfully calling Cloud Computing as one of his long shots with a chance to win the Preakness.

This race for the time being-unless the field suddenly and magically takes a different shape-will literally be a two-horse race between Justify and Good Magic.

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