Reunited with Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux for the first time since their victory in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) May 21, Exaggerator breezed five furlongs June 7 at Belmont Park in his final work prior to the June 11 Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Exaggerator, who galloped the morning of June 6 at Belmont Park, is expected to face 12 other 3-year-olds in the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
In trying to explain the steady improvement of Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Exaggerator, trainer Keith Desormeaux believes the colt is benefitting from his breeding and from added distance.
Sometimes I like to devote this space to the racing fans who pour so much passion into the sport or a particular horse.
Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Exaggerator got a feel for the Belmont Park surface on a rainy morning May 30 in his first trip to the track since his arrival in New York from Maryland the previous day.
WinStar Farm's Creator, winner of the Arkansas Derby (gr. I), worked five furlongs May 30 at Churchill Downs and is expected to travel to New York May 31 to continue preparations for the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
Governor Malibu, the Peter Pan Stakes (gr. II) runner-up, worked at Belmont Park May 27 with an eye on the June 11 Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
Trainer Donnie Von Hemel said Samuel Henderson's Suddenbreakingnews remains on track for the June 11 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) after a May 26 work at Churchill Downs.
Tickets are $15 in advance and provide the opportunity to celebrate the Belmont Racing Festival, highlighted by the Belmont Stakes, as well as provide donations to the two Thoroughbred retirement organizations.
Exaggerator has only two off-the-board finish in 11 starts, and should have stamina from Curlin. One concern about his chance at the Belmont distance comes from his female family, with his dam and her dam both being winners only in sprints.
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.
Uncle Lino, seventh in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) but transported off the track by equine ambulance because of an injury, returned to California May 22 for evaluation and is expected to need some time off.
The New York Racing Association May 22 listed seven 3-year-olds, including the top three finishers in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), as pointing toward the June 11 Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
Listen to Keith and Kent Desormeaux and the connections of Exaggerator following their Preakness Stakes victory.
Claire Novak reports on Exaggerator's Preakness Stakes win trackside at Pimlico Park. Hear about Exaggerator's future plans and other Belmont Stakes probables, plus an update on Uncle Lino.
After four losses to undefeated Nyquist, Exaggerator turned the tables with an off-the-pace victory in the $1.5 million Preakness Stakes (gr. I) May 21 at Pimlico Race Course.
A Maryland Jockey Club official May 21 said the company would prefer to keep the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) at Pimlico Race Course, and much could depend upon a study that will be conducted on behalf of the Maryland Stadium Authority.
It was a soggy start to Preakness Stakes (gr. I) day as steady to heavy rain fell at Pimlico Race Course in Maryland, and more of the same was forecast throughout the day May 21.
Reddam Racing’s Nyquist went twice around the Pimlico Race Course main track the morning of May 20 in his final preparations for the Preakness Stakes (gr. I).
The weather forecast for Preakness Stakes (gr. I) day not surprisingly generated talk during the May 19 Alibi Breakfast at Pimlico Race Course.
- By Tom Pedulla
He says all indications are Nyquist is "sitting on go" and he expects a big effort Saturday, as befitting his morning line odds.
Claire Novak reports the news of the day including Nyquist's activities, Collected on the track, and the arrivals of Lani and Stradivari.
Reddam Racing's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Nyquist drew post 3 and was tabbed as the 3-5 morning-line favorite May 18 for the second jewel of the Triple Crown, the May 21 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) at Pimlico Race Course.
Cherry Wine didn't have enough points to enter the Derby, Collected took a step back after running in a Derby prep, and Stradivari is lightly raced but is quite fast and appears very talented. All are poised for a run at Nyquist Saturday.
Tom Pedulla writes of Affirmed's rare talent and equally rare competition, Alydar.
When Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Nyquist prepares for the second leg of the Triple Crown in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), his trainer will saddle the Uncle Mo colt in the inside paddock rather than on the turf course.
NBC Sports Group and Horse Racing Radio Network have set their schedules for coverage of Preakness Stakes (gr. I) week at Pimlico Race Course.
- By Tom Pedulla
Trainer Doug O'Neill, in his first of two diaries as told to Tom Pedulla for America's Best Racing, said the plan for Nyquist has succeeded so far, and now it comes down to the post-position draw for the Preakness Stakes.
Preakness Stakes (gr. I) contender Exaggerator arrives at Pimlico Park May 15, 2016. Video courtesy of the Maryland Jockey Club
Trainer Doug O'Neill believes Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Nyquist will be tough to defeat under normal circumstances in the May 21 Preakness Stakes (gr. I), though he doesn't underestimate the competition.
Nyquist returned to the track May 11 for the first time since scoring an impressive triumph in the May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), acquainting himself with Pimlico Race Course.
The two organizations have teamed up for this fundraising effort to offer the goggles signed by Victor Espinoza, Gary Stevens, and John Velazquez.
Reddam Racing's Nyquist is scheduled to make his first visit to the track at Pimlico Race Course the morning of May 11 as he begins preparations for the May 21 Preakness Stakes (gr. I).
NBC Sports Group's coverage of the May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) averaged 15.5 million viewers, according to Nielsen Company data released May 10.
Just two days after winning the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), Reddam Racing’s Nyquist arrived at Pimlico Race Course May 9 to begin preparing to run in the $1.5 million Preakness Stakes (gr. I).
Steve Landers Racing's Dazzling Gem and Jacks or Better Farm's Fellowship were added to the list of Preakness Stakes (gr. I) candidates May 9.
Nyquist jockey Mario Gutierrez discusses his Kentucky Derby ride.
The overnight rating for the race portion of the May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) was down almost 14% from last year to 9.3 with a 21 share, according to Nielsen ratings and NBC Sports Group, which televised the event.
Claire Novak updates us on Kentucky Derby runners Gun Runner, Creator, Exaggerator and winner Nyquist as well as plans for Land Over Sea.
Claire Novak recaps Nyquist's win in Kentucky Derby 142 and shares post race details.
Representatives of the National Hockey League were on the backstretch at Churchill Downs the morning of May 7 and had Nyquist, favored for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) later in the day, pose with the Stanley Cup trophy.
Yutaka Take has a robust resume bursting at the seams, which should be considered when examining his impact on the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) this year.
Claire Novak introduces us to the horses who help out our Kentucky Derby contenders. Meet the Kentucky Derby ponies Satire, Harley, Smokey, Chester, and Red.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby (gr. I).
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra handicap the Kentucky Derby on location at Churchill Downs. What do they think about the 2016 field and who do they pick? Watch to find out! Sponsored by Equibase
Trainer Doug O'Neill said he's confident in the training strategy he has employed with Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) favorite Nyquist, who did a little more than jog the morning of May 5 at Churchill Downs.
A full gate of 14 is set for the Pat Day Mile (gr. III) May 7, Kentucky Derby (gr. I) day at Churchill Downs. The one-turn-mile event for 3-year-olds is slated as race 10 and goes for a purse of $250,000.
Claire Novak reviews the news of the day, including the activities of Nyquist, Land Over Sea, and Mohaymen. Also, it's draw day and Fellowship and Adventist have chosen not to enter.
NBC Sports Group will present 15 1/2 hours of live coverage of Kentucky Derby (gr. I) week, the network announced May 3.
Claire Novak updates us on Nyquist's gallop, Exaggerator, Lani, California shippers Danzing Candy and Trojan Nation, and the Kentucky Oaks.
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