Exaggerator has four outright wins in 10 career races and five consecutive top-five endings. The Colt statistics to be the biggest obstacle standing in Nyquist’s way within this Saturday’s Preakness Stakes.
Exaggerator is moving off in +375 odds to win the Preakness Stakes at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. Heavy rain is in the forecast for Saturday, which amounts to be an advantage for the Kentucky Derby runner-up. Both greatest Beyer rate numbers of Exaggerator’s career have come on muddy paths, since the colt ran a 103 Beyer in the Delta Downs Jackpot last November along with a 102 in the Santa Anita Derby in April.
Trainer Keith Desormeaux has heralded Exaggerator for his unique ability, which might factor into this race coming the short break off. The colt will need every advantage he can get to top Nyquist.
Nyquist lived up to the hype running a excursion to score the eighth straight win of his career. The likely sloppy track is being pegged as a benefit for Exaggerator, but Nyquist’s trainers point out that the Kentucky Derby winner comes with a pedigree for wet tracks too.
The Kentucky Derby marked the fourth time which Nyquist and Exaggerator have hurried on the same track, and Nyquist has won all four of these runs.
Gun Runner combined an increasingly long list of Kentucky Derby horses not to operate in the Preakness Stakes if his owner and coach announced earlier this week that the Derby’s third-place finisher will be hauled from the Preakness. With this announcement, the two biggest contenders left to disrupt the Top 2 are a set of horses that 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 upset choice for those seeking to prevent the chalk in the Preakness. Bob Baffert’s Collected factor into the stakes and potentially could challenge Nyquist for the lead.
Rounding out the field are Cherry Wine (+2500), Beautiful speed (+3300), Uncle Lino (+3300), Abiding Star (+4000), Fellowship (+4000), Lani (+400), and Laoban (+4000).
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