Nyquist Fails in Preakness Stakes

Nyquist failed in his bid to keep the U.S. Triple Crown dream alive when he lost the Preakness Stakes to Kentucky Derby runner-up Exaggerator.

Exaggerated rumours that someone had snuck into Nyquist’s stall and slipped him an overdose of Nyquil were not confirmed by post-race testing.

It would seem more that Nyquist’s undoing was the decision to engage in an early speed duel with Uncle Lino in the first mile (1600 m) of the race, leaving nothing in reserve with which to answer when Exaggerator seized the lead at the top of the stretch.

Nyquist seemed to tire at the end, and while that may have had something to do with the slop that was passed off as a track at Baltimore’s Pimlico racecourse, all the other horses had the same track, and Nyquist had displayed an ability to run on sloppy surfaces in the past. It was just that Exaggerator was the better mudder on this occasion.

The loss, for all intents and purposes, ended the thoroughbred racing season as far as most Americans are concerned, which is particularly bad news for the Belmont Stakes, which will now be largely ignored, and more so for whichever television network is saddled with the broadcast.

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