Good Magic confirmed for Justify rematch in Preakness 2018

Good Magic confirmed for Justify rematch in Preakness 2018
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A 2018 Preakness Stakes that lacked in a supporting cast has reversed that trend in a matter of days, with the latest addition the Kentucky Derby runner-up to Justify.

Trainer Chad Brown announced Sunday morning that Good Magic will indeed run next weekend at Pimlico in the Triple Crown series' middle jewel.

Brown has already said his champion 2-year-old colt will not go a mile and a half in the Belmont Stakes. Plus, the Brown barn recently acquired Gronkowski for a potential try at the third and final leg.

“I think it’s a great opportunity for the horse,” he said. “I really don’t have anything else planned for him before, say, either the Haskell or the Jim Dandy anyway. That said, I wouldn’t do it just because he’s going to get a bit of a freshening. He has to be doing well, and he’s doing exceptionally well.

"He’s doing far better than I expected exiting the Derby. It’s remarkable to see how well the horse is moving and his energy level. He already has his weight back. He just looks great. I’m excited about it.”

A son of Curlin, Good Magic ships to Baltimore on Monday. This will mark the fourth straight year the Derby winner and runner-up have gone on to meet again on two weeks' rest.

"We’re going to need to close the gap on him somehow," Brown said of Justify. "We’re going to need to improve. Even though our horse ran an excellent race in the Derby and earned a lot of respect from everybody, he needs to again move forward and we need to have Justify come back to us a little bit. I think that the margin that I saw between the two horses is not out of the question that we’ll be able to make up that difference.”

Last week, co-owner e Five Racing Thoroughbreds' Bob Edwards had said a decision on the Preakness would be left up to the multiple Eclipse Award-winner Brown.

Chad is one of the best guys in placing horses in spots where you’re going to get in the money or win,” Edwards said. “He wants this horse to win and he’s going to put this horse in the best position to win.”

Others targeting the Preakness out of the Kentucky Derby are Bravazo (sixth) and Lone Sailor (eighth).

UPDATE: Bolt d'Oro to pass on Preakness Stakes

Probable "new shooters" -- horses that didn't run in the Derby -- are Quip, Sporting Chance, Tenfold and Diamond King.

Post positions will be drawn Wednesday.


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