Exaggerator Denies Nyquist Shot at Triple Crown in Preakness Stakes

Exaggerator Denies Nyquist Shot at Triple Crown in Preakness Stakes

Category : News - Tue 24/05/2016 - 14:24 EDT

The 2016 edition of the Preakness Stakes is in the record books and horse racing fans will have to go another year without a Triple Crown on the line. Exaggerator was able to defeat his rival and step into the spotlight with a victory at Pimlico Race Course.

After a runner-up effort behind Nyquist in the Kentucky Derby (G1), Exaggerator went to post as the second choice for trainer Keith Desormeaux. A dark bay son of 2007 Preakness Stakes (G1) champion Curlin, he rated off of the sharp pace set by the Derby winner and angled off the rail and launched his bid as they turned for home. He kicked clear and drew off by 3 ½ lengths under jockey Kent Desormeaux. Exaggerator now has five wins from eleven starts.

Exaggerator heading to the Belmont Stakes

As a juvenile, Exaggerator raced six times and won half of them. He finished fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) and rebounded to end his season with a victory in the Delta Jackpot Stakes (G2) to earn his second graded stakes victory. He kicked off his sophomore season with two competitive efforts in California and won the Santa Anita Derby (G1) in his final Kentucky Derby (G1) prep race. The plan is now for the colt to point towards the Belmont Stakes (G1).

Familiar rivals returning for June 11

In the mile and a half Belmont Stakes (G1), he will likely face some new faces as well as familiar rivals. Nyquist spiked a fever the morning following the Preakness Stakes (G1) and the decision of whether or not he will continue on to Belmont Park remains up in the air. Lani, the world-traveling colt who won the UAE Derby (G1), was fifth in the Preakness Stakes (G1) and will continue on to the final leg of the Triple Crown. The Belmont Stakes (G1) will be run on Saturday, June 11.

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