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Month: May 2016

Nyquist Has Fever, Won’t Run in Belmont

Nyquist Has Fever, Won’t Run in Belmont

Nyquist’s team today announced that Nyquist, who emerged from Saturday’s Preakness with a fever, will not be running in the Belmont Stakes, spoiling what would have been a possible historic showdown between the horse and his rival, Exaggerator. Blood tests showed an elevated white blood cell count, which prompted the scratching of the horse from the race. Instead, the colt will recuperate at Pimlico, where he has been since the Preakness. The announcement immediately drew controversy among horse racing fans,…

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Preakness 2016: It’s Exaggerator

Preakness 2016: It’s Exaggerator

Exaggerator took out his revenge on Nyquist Saturday, decisively defeating the previously unbeaten Kentucky Derby winner in a sloppy Preakness Stakes. The mud was everywhere as the horses broke from the starting gate, and Nyquist set way too fast of a pace with Uncle Lino chasing him all the way down the backstretch. This time, Exaggerator didn’t wait to close, sneaking up on the rail to fifth place and stalking Nyquist and Uncle Lino as they went through the opening quarter…

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2016 Preakness Odds, Post Positions

2016 Preakness Odds, Post Positions

Post positions were drawn for the 2016 Preakness Stakes, and Nyquist got an inside post, which could bode well if he wants to move to the front. If not, he’ll have to stalk the early pace setters to avoid getting boxed in. Nyquist drew the number 3 post, not getting boxed in at the rail, but hopefully giving him enough room to establish an early pace, or stalk the leaders from a clean position. Exaggerator drew the number 5 position,…

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It’s Nyquist!

It’s Nyquist!

If there were any doubters Saturday afternoon about Nyquist’s ability and talent, they were quickly silenced as the undefeated horse ran a perfect race, taking the lead in the stretch and holding off Exaggerator for a 1 1/4 length win. (I must brag here and say that I picked the top two finishers – considering they were the top two betting choices, it wasn’t a long shot, but I based it more on race strategy than betting odds. Damn you…

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