Nyquist Set to Chase Second Leg of U.S. Triple Crown in Preakness Stakes
In just a few more days, the thoroughbred racing world will learn if so-far undefeated three-year-old Nyquist will back his Kentucky Derby win with the Preakness Stakes and add the second leg to the U.S. Triple Crown.
He will be dealing with the Trip Crown jinx of trying to repeat American Pharoah’s feat of 2015. Since all three races have been held, dating back to 1875 when the Kentucky Derby was inaugurated, there have been back-to-back Triple Crown winners on only one occasion, when Seattle Slew in 1977 was followed in 1978 by Affirmed.
Over the course of U.S. thoroughbred racing history, 23 horses have won the first two legs, the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes, but failed for one reason or another to win the Belmont Stakes and complete the trifecta.
California Chrome was the last in this category, winning the first two races in 2014 before falling prey to racing luck and finishing fourth in the Belmont after being stepped on by another horse as he was leaving the barrier.
Another opportunity fell short in 2012 when I’ll Have Another was scratched the day before the Belmont due to a leg injury.
If Nyquist can keep the dream alive by winning the Preakness on 21 May, he can spell until the 11 June jump of the Belmont.