Exaggerator Ends Nyqist’s Triple Crown Bid With Preakness Stakes Upset
The fifth time was the charm for Exaggerator. After falling short in four previous races against arch rival Nyquist, the horse with the second best odds came up as the big winner during the 2016 Preakness Stakes.
— NBC Sports (@NBCSports) May 21, 2016
Nyquist impressed early by starting fast, but faded down the stretch, finding it difficult to close in the slop. Rainy and muddy conditions ended up favoring Exaggerator, stayed close to the rail and avoided the murkiness in the middle of the track.
Favorite Goes Down
Nyquist entered as the heavy favorite to move on for a shot at the Triple Crown sweep, having already claimed the top spot in the Kentucky Derby.
The same wasn’t to be the case for the undefeated champion, as Nyquist was handed his first loss of his career by his main familiar competitor.
Saw it Coming?
The upset produced mixed results, as many saw it coming with Exaggerator running well in numerous races and eventually it felt that things would even out.
However, the oddsmakers liked Nyquist’s chances to win the second leg of the Triple Crown after finishing strong at the Kentucky Derby and making it this far without a single loss on his resume.
While we won’t be seeing a 2016 Triple Crown winner, horse racing fans and bettors alike can still relish in the fact that we’ve now been blessed with two very good races and the upset could spawn the exact same for a third.
Needless to say, the 2016 Belmont Stakes is next up on the docket when it comes to the Triple Crown, and it certainly won’t lack for intrigue or excitement. Taking away the ability of a clean sweep of horse racing’s most prestigious event does eliminate some of the intense drama, but it also could blow the door off the hinges when it comes to Belmont Stakes odds and betting.
The field isn’t yet set, but if it again includes the likes of Nyquist and Exaggerator, it’s safe to say the betting field could potentially now be split. That’s not to take anything away from some of the solid competition we saw at the Kentucky Derby that ended up sitting out the second race, nor the new arrivals we could see specifically just at the Belmont Stakes.
Exaggerator, Nyquist Set for Belmont Rematch (The Blood-Horse) https://t.co/XzOs2erqNM
— THP (@THPnews) May 23, 2016
Exaggerator is already expected to try to make it two races in a row with the Belmont Stakes up next. Nyquist is also slated to show up for the third and final leg of the 2016 Triple Crown. While we aren’t going to get our 13th sweep of the TC, we could at least get a rematch of two fantastic horses that have clashed five previous times. Throw in a competitive field, and we may have our best race yet.
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