"They had their own private match race", Baffert said. He has won the Preakness six times - including with all four of his previous Derby winners.
It was Baffert who saddled American Pharoah in 2015 when the three-year-old became the first horse in 37 years to win all three.
Fields added that one of the most popular props has been "will Justify win the Preakness?" and the overwhelming majority of bettors are taking "yes".
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert will be chasing history, and Justify hopes to keep his Triple Crown bid alive in what is shaping up to be a soggy Preakness.
CBS Sports writes only eight horses will be racing Saturday, the smallest Preakness field since 2000.
Tim Ritvo, the chief operating officer of the Stronach Group, said in a news conference Saturday afternoon at Pimlico Race Course before the 143rd Preakness that there are no plans on the table to invest more of the organization's funds into the 148-year-old facility. "He might have a quarter crack and they put a patch over it, but a quarter crack could cause an infection". "I knew he was in for a fight", Baffert said.
Baffert was proven correct, and has not tried to squash the comparisons to American Pharoah.
It also made it hard for Baffert and his team to watch as the horses went down the backside. "He's been running every three weeks".
"I have a really good layout in my head of what Laurel [Park] could look like with about 75-80,000 people [in attendance, ] continued Ritvo, when discussing his plans on more renovations". Chad Brown, trainer of Good Magic, who like Justify ran well at Churchill Downs for the runners-up spot, is well aware of both those elements, and jockey Jose Ortiz feels his horse can reverse the form.
The Triple Crown of horse racing is now in play. The horse was able to overcome injury prior to the Preakness, and hopefully will not have to do the same before the Belmont.
Justify, whose five races have come in 91 days, showed no ill effects from a bruise to the colt's left hind heel, likely incurred while racing on the wet surface at the Derby.
Here's a look at the opening Belmont odds courtesy of OddsShark (via Bet365).