Exaggerator wins Preakness, ends Nyquist’s Triple Crown bid
By Steve Almasy
BALTIMORE, MD — Exaggerator, ridden by Kent Desormeaux, won the Preakness Stakes on Saturday, denying Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist a chance to win horse racing’s Triple Crown.
Cherry Wine was second, while Nyquist finished third.
“I’m in shock right now,” said Desormeaux, who has won seven Triple Crown races. “I had a dream trip today.”
The jockey said the key to victory was Exaggerator’s ability to run near the inside fence while the other horses took a wider path.
“These turns, you want to paint the fence,” he said.
The track at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore was very muddy, thanks to a cold rain that fell all day.
Exaggerator trailed much of the race, but made a huge move on the backstretch to get close to Nyquist and the other leaders.
As they came into the homestretch, Desormeaux coaxed Exaggerator to the outside, where he coasted past Nyquist and Uncle Lino.
It was the first time in five head-to-head matchups that Exaggerator had defeated Nyquist. Exaggerator finished second in the Kentucky Derby.
Nyquist lost for the first time in nine career starts.