Derby Winner Nyquist 3-5 To Win Preakness Saturday
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Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist is the 3-5 favorite to win the $1.5 million Preakness Saturday over 10 hopeful opponents in the 141st running of this Triple Crown classic. There is a 90% chance of rain - heavy at times - and that means the 1 3/16th- mile event will be run in the slop and mud for the second straight year. While the "off" going may challenge bettors the trainer of Nyquist and those of the leading contenders say it won't matter - that all their 3-year-olds can handle it.
Nyquist, a $400,000 yearling purchase by the outstanding young stallion Uncle Mo, has faced the starter eight times and is 8-0 in those races. His wins have come in five Grade I races, a Grade 2 and a maiden race. Nyquist won those races over five different tracks from California to Florida to Kentucky. He has run on an "off" track once, in the Grade I Florida Derby, and went wire to wire.
It also is of note the California-based colt has already earned $4,954,200, a record for a 3-year-old.
A super horse? Time will answer that question.
The Preakness was won last year by Kentucky Derby American Pharoah who went on to win the Triple Crown. He won the race easily in the sloppy going, reporting home a 7-length winner as the 9-10 favorite. Needless to say the connections of Nyquist are hoping for the same outcome and with it the opportunity to shoot for the Triple Crown at Belmont.
Ever attentive to the most miniscule detail, trainer Doug O'Neil will saddle in the indoor paddock at Pimlico instead of on the infield grass. He elected to do so because Nyquist has always been saddled in a stall and O'Neil did not want him to do otherwise this time. O'Neil noted he did not want his colt to start looking around at a new surrounding and forget what he was there for.
Miserable weather, yes, but there will still be a winner in every race, including the big one. The biggest challenger to the undefeated Nyquist will again by Exaggerator who finished a fast-closing second to him in Louisville. It is of note this will be the fifth meeting between the two best 3-year-olds in the country and that on the four previous occasions Exaggerator had Nyquist's behind in view at the wire.
Kind of reminds me of Crozier chasing Carry Back to the wire back in the 1960s. It always appeared Crozier would get it done but Carry Back kept nailing him on the money in four straight classic races.
If you remember by column two weeks before the Kentucky Derby you know what I think of Nyquist. He is a very special horse with that look of eagles in the same vein as the likes of Citation, Dr. Fager, Kelso and Seattle Slew. He has everything it takes to become the second straight Triple Crown winner in the past two seasons.
In studying the films of the Kentucky Derby, it is my opinion he hit the wire with something left and will have a full tank of gas when he faces a field of 10 opponents Saturday. Trainer Doug O'Neil, who is fast becoming one of the best conditioners in the country, has wisely declined to do more than just gallop the Uncle Mo colt into the Preakness. He noted the Kentucky Derby can be likened to four hard workouts and that nothing more was needed for Saturday's race.
There will be several new shooters in the Preakness - but no Gun Runner who finished third in Louisville - but there is little in the past performances of any of them that says they can beat Nyquist and/or Exaggerator. That is being said cautiously because this is Thoroughbred racing where the unexpected seems to have its say at the most unusual of times.
The Only Way To Beat Nyquist
As noted I am a Nyquist believer and that look in his eyes sends a very clear and intimidating message to all comers, as in, "give me your best shot and I'll still beat you".
Nyquist is unbeaten for a reason - mainly that he is the best of his crop. He has won over six different tracks, can set the pace, stalk or come from off the pace. He doesn't need any special track condition to win and has been victorious in the "off" going. He simply overcomes everything.
It is my opinion the only way to beat him is with a perfectly timed move right on the wire, before he knows you're there. If he sees you, he won't let you by, and it is obvious if you run with him he will rip our heart out.
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