New Shooters Threaten Nyquist in Preakness Stakes
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Mon 16/05/2016 - 16:48 EDT
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.
Stradivari will face the biggest class test of his career as he steps up to graded stakes competition for the first time. A dark bay son of Medaglia d’Oro, he has won two of his three starts. He finished fourth in his career debut as a juvenile and then came back a month later to break his maiden at Gulfstream Park. In his first start as a sophomore, he won an allowance race at Keeneland by 14 ½ lengths. John Velazquez will be aboard for trainer Todd Pletcher.
Cherry Wine looking for breakthrough win
Cherry Wine just missed making the Kentucky Derby (G1) field off of the current points system and will instead come in fresh for the Preakness Stakes (G1). Trained by Dale Romans who also trained the gray colt’s sire, Paddy O’Prado, he has been on the board in five of his eight starts and has two victories. He is coming out of a third-place finish in the Blue Grass Stakes (G1) and will likely have jockey Corey Lanerie in the irons.
Class test for in form Abiding Star
Another potential new shooter is Abiding Star who is currently stuck at Parx Racing while the track is quarantined for an EHV-1 outbreak. The bay colt is a homebred for Gil Campbell’s Stonehedge Farm, LLC and, like Nyquist, is a son of champion Uncle Mo. He has won five of his eleven starts and is undefeated this year. He will be making his first start against graded stakes competition and will have regular rider J.D. Costa aboard.
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.
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.
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.