Justify, who went off as a heavy 2-5 favorite out of the No7 post, took the lead early on but briefly surrendered it to Good Magic along the backstretch running side by side ahead of the pack.
And considering the dense, eerie fog at Pimlico, it's fair to wonder how many people at the track had clear sight of this fantastic finish?
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".
A fixture in the horse racing world who has been writing about, talking about and betting on races for years, Demling comes into the 2018 Preakness on a mind-blowing streak: He has called eight of the last 13 winners in this Triple Crown race.
"He just has to stay the way he is", said Baffert, who has won the Preakness Stakes six times, including with all four of his previous Derby winners.
Although Justify did not have his best race and was noticeably exhausted at the end, Baffert would not necessarily agree that the longer Belmont Stakes would be an opportunity to derail his prized horse.
The will now attempt to become the only undefeated Triple Crown victor besides Seattle Slew in 1977 and just the 12th horse overall to sweep the Derby, the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes, three storied races run at varying lengths in different states over five weeks. In the last two years, the Derby runner-up finished ahead of the Derby victor in the Preakness.
"I think change is coming, and it will be for the better", said Tim Ritvo, COO of track operator The Stronach Group, which also runs nearby Laurel Park, with the latter the company's desired future location for the Preakness. Baffert also remained undefeated with Derby winners in the Preakness following Silver Charm, Real Quiet, War Emblem and American Pharoah.
"We're going to make sure that he comes out of the race well and he trains well for it", Baffert said. "He looks terrific, he's doing well. Somebody had to give, and I'm glad it wasn't us".
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.
Baffert has won this race seven times, tying the record.
Weather forecasters are calling for rain much of the day. The chestnut colt has won all four of his career races, including the Derby by 2 1/2 lengths.
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