Exaggerator Denies Nyquist Shot at Triple Crown in Preakness Stakes
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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.
The field has been established for the 2016 running of the Belmont Stakes and of the thirteen contenders, there are four horses who competed in the Preakness Stakes (G1) and are moving on to the third jewel of the Triple Crown.
Wise guys who liked Stradivari in the Preakness have every right to maintain their enthusiasm for the Todd Pletcher-trained colt in the Belmont Stakes where the intriguing runner will likely make his next start.
With the May 17 announcement that Kentucky Derby third-place finisher Gun Runner will not compete in the Preakness Stakes May 21 at Pimlico, Nyquist’s path to winning the second jewel of the Triple Crown got considerably less difficult.
The field for the Preakness (G1) Stakes on Saturday, May 21 is still coming together but there are several probable fresh faces ready to take on Nyquist. The field is limited to fourteen starters and the race will be contested at a mile and three-sixteenths at Pimlico Race Course.