Reddam Racing's Nyquist the morning of May 25 was improving after an elevated white blood cell count and fever, while Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Exaggerator jogged two miles on the main track at Pimlico Race Course.
Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Exaggerator was in fine fettle the morning of May 24 when he returned to the track at Pimlico Race Course for the first time since his impressive victory May 21.
There may not be a Triple Crown on the line June 11 at Belmont Park, but a budding rivalry between the top two 3-year-old colts in the country is probably the next-best option.
Relive Exaggerator's victory in the 2016 Preakness Stakes (gr. I). See where your favorite horse was at several crucial points of the race with our interactive slideshow.
Listen to Keith and Kent Desormeaux and the connections of Exaggerator following their Preakness Stakes victory.
Trainer Keith Desormeaux has had two horses who are combined 0-for-8 against undefeated champion Nyquist but that isn’t stopping him from taking another shot May 21 with Exaggerator in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) at Pimlico Race Course.
With the threat of early morning rain looming over Baltimore, trainer Doug O'Neill called an audible the morning of May 17 and sent out Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Nyquist to gallop at 6:08 a.m. EDT.
Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) runner-up Exaggerator arrived at Pimlico Race Course at approximately 4:40 p.m. ET May 15 to join Derby victor Nyquist for a rematch in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) May 21.
While her trainer and part owner may be preoccupied 2,000 miles away May 7, Decked Out will look to win her second straight grade III event over the Santa Anita Park turf course in the $100,000 Senorita Stakes (gr. IIIT).
Teaming with trainer Keith Desormeaux, who buys his horses at auction, Matt Bryan and his Big Chief Racing stable are riding high with Exaggerator in the Kentucky Derby.
An evening of laughter and warmth began with the presentation of a trophy to Bob Baffert as the winning trainer of last year's Derby.
"I don't know if I'm still taking it in, it's still sinking in that we're here," Desormeaux said. "It is one of those subconscious goals that all trainers hope to achieve, but now that I'm here it's just a culmination of what we've put in."
Churchill Downs clockers caught Exaggerator in splits of :12 4/5, :25 1/5, :37 4/5, and :50 2/5, out in 1:15 3/5 and 1:29 3/5.
Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) winner Exaggerator recorded his final timed Southern California workout April 23 in preparation for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Swipe, a four-time runner-up to Nyquist in graded stakes last year, is the 9-5 morning-line favorite in the April 16 Lexington Stakes (gr. III) at Keeneland.
What a View showed some versatility April 9 to secure his fourth straight victory on the Santa Anita Park turf.
The only horse in the $1 millon Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) field to have win over a wet track sure looked like he loved the slop April 9.
Voss and Big Chief Racing's Decked Out did well stretching out to 1 1/8 miles on the turf when she rallied from well off the pace to win the Providencia Stakes (gr. IIIT) April 9 at Santa Anita Park.
Although a forecast calling for rain may affect the field, it can be argued that one of the deepest fields on a loaded stakes schedule April 9 is the $100,000 Thunder Road Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Santa Anita Park.
Almost every runner Danzing Candy put away to win the San Felipe (gr. II) impressively will be back to challenge the son of Twirling Candy April 9 in the $1 million Santa Anita Derby (gr. I).
Exaggerator is among the seven 3-year-olds listed as probable for the April 9 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I), and trainer Keith Desormeaux believes the Curlin colt can improve on his third-place finish last time out.
Seemingly nothing went right for Jerry and Ann Moss' Ziconic in the second start of his career March 25 at Santa Anita Park.
The first reported foal for grade II winner Ive Struck a Nerve, who was gelded after the 2015 breeding season, is a colt born Feb. 27 at Peach Lane Farms in Opelousas, La.
Nyquist's first step onto the Triple Crown trail comes Feb. 15 at Santa Anita Park, where he'll look to keep his undefeated record intact against five other sophomore males in the $200,000 San Vicente Stakes (gr. II).
Texas Red, winner of the 2014 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), is back in training at Santa Anita Park and is scheduled to record his first timed workout of 2016 on Feb. 13 at the Southern California racetrack.
A career launched with modest expectations led to almost surreal accomplishments for Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux.
Exaggerator was the class of the field headed into the $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot Stakes (gr. III) on the merit of a fourth-place finish in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), and the Curlin colt delivered.
Trainer purchased Exaggerator, Texas Red
Twice a runner-up in graded stakes, James and Tammy McKenny's homebred Uzziel found the right formula to break through in the $200,000 Goldikova Stakes (gr. IIT) Nov. 1 at Del Mar.
Big Chief Racing's Exaggerator, pointed to the Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), worked earlier than planned the morning of Oct. 24 at Keeneland, but it paid off, according to trainer Keith Desormeaux.
Big Chief Racing's Exaggerator, one of two 2-year-olds who could give trainer Keith Desormeaux his second consecutive win in the Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), breezed five furlongs in 1:03 1/5 at Keeneland.
Reddam Racing's Nyquist preserved his perfect record Sept. 26 at Santa Anita Park, determinedly turning back the valliant inside run of Swipe to claim the $300,000 FrontRunner Stakes (gr. I).
Big Chief Racing's grade II winner Exaggerator put in his final work for the $500,000 Claiborne Breeders' Futurity (gr. I) at Keeneland, going five furlongs Sept 26 at Churchill Downs in 1:01.
Texas Red, winner of the 2014 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), will miss the rest of 2015 due to a cannon bone bruise.
Trainer Dale Romans said Travers Stakes (gr. I) winner Keen Ice was tired the morning after upsetting Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, and that his trainee will ultimately point the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic.
There was plenty of excitement at trainer Keith Desormeaux's barn Aug. 17 at Saratoga Race Course following Exaggerator's game victory in the Saratoga Special (gr. II) for 2-year-olds the previous day.
Big Chief Racing's Exaggerator shipped in from California and put on a brave performance Aug. 16, splitting horses midstretch before surging to victory in the $200,000 Saratoga Special (gr. II) at Saratoga Race Course.
Recent Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) winner Texas Red turned in his penultimate breeze Saturday, Aug. 15, ahead of his planned bid in the Travers Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 29 at Saratoga Race Course.
After winning the Sanford (gr. III) with Uncle Vinny, trainer Todd Pletcher will try for middle jewel of the 2-year-old trio at Saratoga when sending out Saratoga Mischief Aug. 15 for Twin Creeks Racing.
Decked Out, with a pair of 91 Equibase Speed Figures under her belt, holds the experience edge in Saratoga's Aug. 15 Adirondack Stakes (gr. II) for 2-year-old fillies.
Jim Dandy (gr. II) winner Texas Red emerged from his victory over Frosted in exceptional condition and is on course for the grade I Travers Stakes Aug. 29, according to Julie Clark, assistant trainer to Keith Desormeaux.
Those who questioned the class level of Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner Texas Red had to eat their words Aug. 1, as the son of Afleet Alex turned back Frosted in the $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II).
Grade I winner Frosted is scheduled to start in the $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) on Saturday, Aug. 1 at Saratoga Race Course, his first race since June 6 when he finished second in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
The $150,000 Schuylerville Stakes (gr. III) kicks off the action at Saratoga Race Course July 24 as part of a loaded opening day card.
Keith Desormeaux will have bigger plans in mind when he saddles Texas Red in the $500,000 Dwyer Stakes (gr. III) July 4 at Belmont Park, as the conditioner plans to keep a string at Saratoga for the first time this summer.
All eyes will be on Texas Red when the Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner makes his first start in more than five months in the $500,000 Dwyer Stakes (gr. III) July 4 at Belmont Park.
A week after he ran second in an allowance/optional claiming event, Big Chief Racing's Crucero stunned the field in the $150,000 San Juan Capistrano Stakes (gr. IIIT) June 28 at Santa Anita Park.
In an effort to give Texas Red a true training test in preparation for the $500,000 Dwyer Stakes (gr. III), trainer Keith Desormeaux sent out the colt for a mile workout June 21, in between races at Santa Anita Park.
Ten Broeck Farm's Moment Is Right showed her standout introduction was no fluke in the $250,000 Astoria Stakes June 4 at Belmont Park, where she handled a challenge from fellow debut winner Decked Out to win by 1 1/2 lengths.
Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner Texas Red worked an easy five furlongs on Santa Anita Park's main track May 30 as he continues preparations for his comeback from a foot injury.
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