Nyquist Prohibitive Favourite in Preakness Stakes

The Americans list the odds on Nyquist for the Preakness Stakes at 3 -5. They have not yet discovered the true ecstasy of decimal odds. For Australian purposes, Sportsbet has price Nyquist and $1.57. Hard to see how those odds could get any shorter.

Second favourite, as he was for the Kentucky Derby, Exaggerator will start two barriers outside Nyquist and is currently quoted at $4.00.

The only others even on the same page are Stradavari at $10 and Collected at $11.

The 1-3/16ths mile (≈ 1900m) Preakness Stakes has only 11 runners, so even though Nyquist’s trainer Doug O’Neill expressed satisfaction over the number three barrier drawn for his horse, it hardly seems relevant considering that Nyquist cruised to an easy victory in the Derby from the number 13 barrier.

Trainer Bob Baffert, the American Bart Cummings, has just the one horse in the field, that being Collected. The American bookies have him at 10 – 1, compared to Sportsbet’s $11. Whichever odds you prefer, it would seem that Collected will need to run the race of his life to overtake the unbeaten Nyquist, so Collected might be a better each way bet.

The race will jump around 8:30 Sunday morning, Sydney time.

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