Exaggerator has five endings and four wins in 10 career races. The Colt statistics to be the biggest barrier standing in Nyquist’s manner in this Saturday’s Preakness Stakes.
Exaggerator is going off at +375 chances to win the Preakness Stakes at sportsbooks tracked by OddsShark.com. Rain is in the forecast for Saturday, which figures to be an advantage for the Kentucky Derby runner-up. Both highest Beyer speed numbers of Exaggerator’s career have come on muddy tracks, since the colt ran a 103 Beyer in the Delta Downs Jackpot past November along with a 102 in the Santa Anita Derby in April.
Trainer Keith Desormeaux has heralded Exaggerator for his unique bounce-back ability, which might factor into this race coming from the short two-week break. The colt will need every advantage he can get to top Nyquist, the -175 favorite to win the Preakness Stakes.
Nyquist lived up to the hype because the Kentucky Derby favorite, running a yearlong excursion the eighth win of his career. The trainers of Nyquist point out that the Kentucky Derby winner has a pedigree for tracks, although the track has been pegged as an advantage for Exaggerator.
The Kentucky Derby marked the fourth time that Nyquist and Exaggerator have hurried on precisely the track, and Nyquist has won all four of those runs.
Gun Runner joined a long list of Kentucky Derby horses not to run in the Preakness Stakes when his owner and coach declared earlier this week that the Derby’s third-place finisher would be hauled out of the Preakness. With this statement, the two largest contenders left to interrupt the Top 2 are a set of horses which didn’t race in the Kentucky Derby: Stradivari (+800) and Collected (+1600).
The Todd Pletcher-trained Stradivari has been training exceptionally well at Belmont and has won his last two races by considerable margins, making him a popular mad pick for those seeking to avoid the chalk in the Preakness. Bob Baffert’s Collected could challenge Nyquist for the lead and possibly factor into the exotic stakes.
Rounding out the field are Cherry Wine (+2500), Awesome Speed (+3300), Uncle Lino (+3300), Abiding Star (+4000), Fellowship (+4000), Lani (+400), and Laoban (+4000).
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