Saturday was payday for people who put their horse betting money on Exaggerator to win the Preakness Stakes. Although Nyquist was the odds-on favorite to win the race, he was unsuccessful in his bid to win the Triple Crown and finished third behind Cherry Wine. On a sloppy but sealed track, Nyquist couldn’t keep up with the early pace set by Uncle Lino. He led briefly at the 1/2 mile pole, but by the stretch he faded, and Exaggerator won by3 1⁄2 lengths. Cherry Wine had hit his head on the starting gate and was second-to-last for much of the race but saved ground on the rail and rallied in the stretch to take second place over Nyquist by a nose.
Three-year old colt Exaggerator has finished in the top 5 five times and has won four times in his 10 races. In any other circumstances he would be the horse betting odds-on favorites, but the Preakness Stakes he has to settle for playing underdog to Nyquist, the actual favorite for people who bet on horses. Heavy rain – like, actual liquid water in the form of droplets that have condensed from atmospheric water vapor and become heavy enough to fall under gravity, not a horse called Heavy Rain – is in the forecast for Saturday, May 21st, when the 141st Preakness will be run.
Like any good sequel, the Preakness Stakes – the second leg of the Triple Crown Championship – will feature returning characters. First and foremost, fan and horse betting favorite, our hero, Nyquist. Also, we of course have the Rochefort to Nyquist’s D’Artagnan, Exaggerator. Lani has also been confirmed, while Gun Runner has not been ruled out. But it is the new additions to the cast that our protagonist has to keep an eye out on. At least eight new shooters – horses who did not run in the Kentucky Derby – will attempt to give Nyquist a run for his money – or rather his owner’s money (horses have no use for currency as opposed to people who bet on horses).