Justify remained perfect winning Kentucky Derby and has registered triple-digit BRIS Speed ratings in all four career starts. The Bob Baffert-trained colt will face seven challengers when he lines up for Saturday’s second leg of the American Triple Crown, the 143rd running of the $1.5 million Preakness Stakes at Pimlico.

Here are the last three BRIS Speed ratings for the 2018 Preakness field:

HORSE

 

RACE

 

BRIS Speed

BRAVAZO

 

Kentucky Derby

 

93

 

 

Louisiana Derby

 

76

 

 

Risen Star

 

98

 

 

 

 

 

DIAMOND KING

 

Federico Tesio

 

95

 

 

Swale

 

93

 

 

Heft

 

91

 

 

 

 

 

GOOD MAGIC

 

Kentucky Derby

 

99

 

 

Blue Grass

 

98

 

 

Fountain of Youth

 

98

 

 

 

 

 

JUSTIFY

 

Kentucky Derby

 

102

 

 

Santa Anita Derby

 

114

 

 

Allowance

 

104

 

 

 

 

 

LONE SAILOR

 

Kentucky Derby

 

92

 

 

Louisiana Derby

 

100

 

 

Allowance

 

83

 

 

 

 

 

QUIP

 

Arkansas Derby

 

95

 

 

Tampa Bay Derby

 

98

 

 

Kentucky Jockey Club

 

84

 

 

 

 

 

SPORTING CHANCE

 

Pat Day Mile

 

79

 

 

Blue Grass

 

95

 

 

Rebel

 

93

 

 

 

 

 

TENFOLD

 

Arkansas Derby

 

94

 

 

Allowance

 

93

 

 

Maiden

 

92

 

 

 

 

 

Analysis

Justify looms as a towering presence. After generating a whopping 114 in the Santa Anita Derby, his Speed rating tumbled 12 points in the Kentucky Derby (102 Speed) but it’s still faster than any number generated by rivals in the last three starts.

Expected wet conditions won’t be an issue for Justify. He captured the Kentucky Derby in the slop and registered a 104 BRIS Speed rating winning an allowance on a muddy track at Santa Anita.

Lone Sailor is the only other runner with a triple-digit figure from the last three outings, receiving a 100 for a close second in the Louisiana Derby. The Tom Amoss-trained late runner brought improving form into the Kentucky Derby but was repeatedly stopped and forced to regain his momentum recording a severely-troubled eighth. Irad Ortiz Jr. will pick up the mount for the Preakness.

Good Magic has not run back to the 105 he earned posting an upset win in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Del Mar. The Kentucky Derby runner-up will be the clear second choice in the wagering, but Good Magic’s Speed ratings are far from overwhelming.

BRIS Speed ratings for last 20 Preakness winners (* denotes Kentucky Derby winner):

HORSE

 

RACE

 

BRIS Speed

CLOUD COMPUTING

 

Wood Memorial

 

94

 

 

Gotham

 

100

 

 

Maiden

 

90

 

 

 

 

 

*EXAGGERATOR

 

Kentucky Derby

 

103

 

 

Santa Anita Derby

 

102

 

 

San Felipe

 

101

 

 

 

 

 

*CALIFORNIA CHROME

 

Kentucky Derby

 

103

 

 

Santa Anita Derby

 

106

 

 

San Felipe

 

102

 

 

 

 

 

*AMERICAN PHAROAH

 

Kentucky Derby

 

100

 

 

Arkansas Derby

 

102

 

 

Rebel

 

99

 

 

 

 

 

OXBOW

 

Kentucky Derby

 

98

 

 

Arkansas Derby

 

90

 

 

Rebel

 

101

 

 

 

 

 

*I’LL HAVE ANOTHER

 

Kentucky Derby

 

108

 

 

Santa Anita Derby

 

98

 

 

Robert B. Lewis

 

102

 

 

 

 

 

SHACKLEFORD

 

Kentucky Derby

 

101

 

 

Florida Derby

 

101

 

 

Fountain of Youth

 

77

 

 

 

 

 

LOOKIN AT LUCKY

 

Kentucky Derby

 

97

 

 

Santa Anita Derby

 

92

 

 

Rebel

 

102

 

 

 

 

 

RACHEL ALEXANDRA

 

Kentucky Oaks

 

111

 

 

Fantasy

 

104

 

 

Fair Grounds Oaks

 

102

 

 

 

 

 

*BIG BROWN

 

Kentucky Derby

 

111

 

 

Florida Derby

 

110

 

 

Allowance

 

102

 

 

 

 

 

CURLIN

 

Kentucky Derby

 

99

 

 

Arkansas Derby

 

102

 

 

Rebel

 

101

 

 

 

 

 

BERNARDINI

 

Withers

 

110

 

 

Maiden

 

97

 

 

Maiden

 

87

 

 

 

 

 

AFLEET ALEX

 

Kentucky Derby

 

99

 

 

Arkansas Derby

 

107

 

 

Rebel

 

86

 

 

 

 

 

*SMARTY JONES

 

Kentucky Derby

 

106

 

 

Arkansas Derby

 

105

 

 

Rebel

 

109

 

 

 

 

 

*FUNNY CIDE

 

Kentucky Derby

 

108

 

 

Wood Memorial

 

111

 

 

Louisiana Derby

 

103

 

 

 

 

 

*WAR EMBLEM

 

Kentucky Derby

 

113

 

 

Illinois Derby

 

109

 

 

Allowance

 

105

 

 

 

 

 

POINT GIVEN

 

Kentucky Derby

 

97

 

 

Santa Anita Derby

 

109

 

 

San Felipe

 

103

 

 

 

 

 

RED BULLET

 

Wood Memorial

 

105

 

 

Gotham

 

101

 

 

Allowance

 

95

 

 

 

 

 

*CHARISMATIC

 

Kentucky Derby

 

105

 

 

Lexington

 

104

 

 

Santa Anita Derby

 

94

 

 

 

 

 

*REAL QUIET

 

Kentucky Derby

 

101

 

 

Santa Anita Derby

 

107

 

 

San Felipe

 

103

 

 

 

 

 

Analysis

Preakness winners have earned at least one triple-digit BRIS Speed rating from the three previous starts. Fifteen of the last 20 show multiple figures of 100 or more.

Justify and Lone Sailor are the only Preakness runners this year to meet the triple-digit threshold.