Racing: Exaggerator ends Triple Crown bid

Exaggerator moves past Nyquist at the top of the straight. Picture / AP
Exaggerator moves past Nyquist at the top of the straight. Picture / AP

Exaggerator has finally beaten Nyquist, and it came in the Preakness yesterday to end any chance of another Triple Crown.

Seizing the lead at the top of the straight, Exaggerator splashed past the tiring Kentucky Derby winner and went on for a 3-length victory over Cherry Wine on a rain-drenched Pimlico course in Baltimore.

Exaggerator's elusive victory over his nemesis came after four tough losses, including a runner-up finish to Nyquist in the Derby.

Nyquist finished third.

"I had a dream trip today," jockey Kent Desormeaux said after his third Preakness win. "It was an amazing race and Exaggerator is an amazing horse."

"Hats off to Exaggerator and Team Desormeaux. What a great run," Nyquist's trainer Doug O'Neill said. "I didn't think we could get beat, to be honest with you."

Last year, American Pharoah became the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years, and there were many who thought Nyquist would make it two in a row and become the 13th horse to sweep the Derby, Preakness and Belmont.

AP

- NZ Herald

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