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Nyquist Preparing for 2016 Preakness Stakes at Pimlico
The 2016 edition of the Preakness Stakes will be held on Saturday, May 21 at Pimlico Race Course and the field has begun to take shape. The official draw will be held on Wednesday, but the undefeated Nyquist will be the favorite as he attempts to win the second leg of the Triple Crown.
The bay son of Uncle Mo arrived at Pimlico earlier in the week and spent Monday schooling in both the paddock and the starting gate in preparation for Saturday’s race. The plan has been to maintain his conditioning leading into the race and there are no breezes scheduled, only routine gallops and long jogging sessions. His last race was a winning performance in the Kentucky Derby (G1) on May 7.
Flashback to I'll Have Another in 2012
Trained by Doug O’Neill, Nyquist is owned by Reddam Racing and is ridden by Mario Gutierrez. These connections teamed up in 2012 to win the Kentucky Derby (G1) and Preakness Stakes (G1) with I’ll Have Another before ultimately being forced to skip the Belmont Stakes (G1) when the colt suffered a tendon injury days before the race. I’ll Have Another never raced again and stands at stud in Japan.
Nyquist can run over any racetrack
Nyquist is undefeated from eight starts and has won at five different race tracks. As a two-year-old, he earned the Eclipse Award after capping off his perfect season with a victory in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1). He has had three starts as a sophomore and won the Kentucky Derby (G1) as the favorite by 1 ¼ lengths. Exaggerator, the second-place finisher in the Derby, will be back for the Preakness (G1).
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