Exaggerator is primed for the second leg of the US Triple Crown, the USD1.5 million G1 Preakness Stakes, this weekend with trainer Keith Desormeaux warming to his chances of turning the tables on Nyquist who held off his late challenge in the USD2 million Kentucky Derby earlier this month.
The China Horse Club secured an interest in the breeding rights for Exaggerator upon his retirement prior to his fast finishing second in the G1 Kentucky Derby. The high quality colt will stand at WinStar Farm in Kentucky, USA once his racing career comes to a close.
Trainer Keith Desormeaux
Desormeaux is delighted with how well Exaggerator has come through the Kentucky Derby and is confident his charge will acquit himself well. His colt is a more seasoned performer than the undefeated Nyquist and he remains positive that this experience will help in the quick turnaround to the Preakness Stakes.
“Exaggerator has much more racing experience, therefore fitness and the attribute of recovering quickly,” Desormeaux told the Baltimore Sun. “So I think I have the fitter horse and, to tell you the truth, the fresher horse going into Saturday.”
Exaggerator worked over 2400m on a wet Tuesday morning, jogging 200m before galloping one lap and pulling up on the backside.
“He looked nice and limber,” Desormeaux said. “I thought he floated over the track. Looks like he adapted to the surface real well.”
The Preakness Stakes will be run at Pimlico Racecourse on Saturday.
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