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Team Nyquist thrilled with Post Position for Preakness

Posted by Betonline team on 5/20/2016 4:07:00 AM
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There were plenty of smiles in Baltimore at the Nyquist camp because the Kentucky Derby winner drew the number three post for Saturday’s Preakness. There were even more smiles in Detroit because the city is confident its adopted son will bring home another championship.

Nyquist is named after Detroit Red Wings winger Gustav Nyquist and there will be a few more folks at sports bars to watch the race because of it. Detroit is very provincial and fans there love to root for their own.

Nyquist owner Paul Reddam turned to trainer Doug O’Neill and smiled, thinking the third spot is his sweet spot.

‘In an ideal world, we wanted to be outside of all the speed horses,” O’Neill said. “But that would have been too good. We are so blessed to have such an amazing horse who has so many gifts, one of them being that he leaves the gate running. So we feel good about No. 3.”

Nyquist will go off as a 3-5 favorite. For you history buffs, Secretariat started in the three position in winning this race in 1973. The last horse to win in this slot was California Chrome in 2014 and is the only horse to win there since 1993.

The key for Nyquist is facing little traffic during the 1 3/16th miles race at Pimlico Race Course.

However, not everyone is conceding the race to the favorite. Exaggerator drew the fifth position and has the best odds to win at 3-1. This was the horse that was closing fast on Nyquist during the final strides at the Kentucky Derby. Then again, jockey Mario Gutierrez might have been easing up because victory was certain.

Exaggerator trainer Keith Desormeaux likes the spot he is in. There could be rain in the area that could help

this colt.

“Being that Nyquist is speed oriented, he’ll probably get pressed from the outside,” he said. “It may make him go a little faster. That could be tactically advantageous for us.”

Exaggerator has finished behind unbeaten Nyquist four times.

“We respect what he’s done,” Desormeaux said. “But we’re hopeful of turning the tables.”


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