Can Nyquist follow in the steps of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah?
The answer to that question will take the next step when Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist starts in the Grade 1, $1,500,00 Preakness Stakes on Saturday afternoon.
There will be full simulcast wagering, a $500 pick the Preakness winner contest, drink specials and the All American Turf Club will be open on Saturday at Ruidoso Downs. There will be a complete wagering menu from Pimlico Race Course, home of the Preakness. One of the wagers is a double in which you can pick the winner of the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes for three-year-old fillies on Friday and the Preakness winner on Saturday.
All of Saturday’s races at Pimlico can be bet on Friday at Ruidoso Downs. There will be 14 races each day at Pimlico.
A year ago, American Pharoah won the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes to earn Triple Crown honors. The undefeated Nyquist needs to win the Preakness on Saturday and then the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park to earn the Triple Crown.
Reddam Racing LLC’s Nyquist, a son of the hot sire Uncle Mo, was undefeated from five starts last year, including four stakes races. He capped his championship season with a win in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.
This year, Nyquist won the San Vicente Stakes at Santa Anita Park and the Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park before winning the Kentucky Derby by one-and-one-quarter lengths over Exaggerator.
Exaggerator is back for another shot at Nyquist in the Preakness. Exaggerator made a strong late run — his usual running style — in the Kentucky Derby and settled for second. The Keith Desormeaux-trained son of Curlin won the Santa Anita Derby two starts ago.
Two top fillies that raced in the Kentucky Oaks, Land Over Sea and Go Maggie Go, are entered in the Grade 1, $250,000 Black-Eyed Susan on Friday. The Kentucky Oaks for three-year-old fillies is contested the day before the Kentucky Derby.
Land Over Sea, also owned by Reddam Racing LLC, finished second in the Kentucky Oaks behind Cathryn Sophia, who passed the Black-Eyed Susan.
The Bellamy Road-sired Land Over Sea won the Fairgrounds Oaks before her second-place run in the Kentucky Oaks.
Mike Tarp’s homebred Go Maggie Go finished fourth in the Kentucky Oaks, just a neck and a head behind Land Over Sea. Go Maggie Go has only made three starts and won the Gulfstream Park Oaks in just her second start.
Land Over Sea drew the third post position while Go Maggie Go starts from the fifth post position in the full 14-filly Black-Eyed Susan field.
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